Friday, June 11, 2010

Dennis Hopper, Pearl Jam and Ted Haggard

Posted By on Fri, Jun 11, 2010 at 3:25 PM

Our semi-regular look at what other alt weeklies have been writing about.

L.A. Weekly remembers the late, great Dennis Hopper, including an interesting bit we hadn't read before about Hopper being told as a child that his father, an agent in the OSS, had been killed in WW II. He hadn't. It was a security measure, and helped shape Hopper's distrust of authority figures.

Gambit Weekly, in New Orleans, has done a masterful job covering the oil disaster in the Gulf. Its latest profiles a family of oyster harvesters who have been working Caminada Bay for four generations, and whose livelihood is shattered.

That's when Nick, who is rational, calm and articulate about the situation, begins to choke. "When I was a kid, I used to swim with the dolphins right here; I'd feed them silver eel from the nets. It was an awesome place to grow up. It hasn't sunk in yet, to see all this ruined. I can't even think it. But it doesn't look good. I heard the guys from Alaska talk about the Exxon Valdez. Twenty-one years later, there's still oil. It doesn't look good for the fishing industry. And Jaden [Nick's 7-year-old son], he already knows he wants to oyster. What's he going to do?"

It's been a while since we heard from good ol' Ted Haggard. Thank God, the Colorado Springs Independent reports he's starting a new church.

Writer and photographer Don Jones went to Iraq for Fort Worth Weekly in 2006, and saw eleven Marines die during the time he was with their unit. Now he's in Afghanistan, to take a look at America's longest running conflict.

John Tebbutt of Calgary Scene reviews the coolest DVD box set you'll never finish.

Finally, Tom Tomorrow, illustrator of the "This Modern World," which you can see every week in the Indy, writes about his relationship with Pearl Jam (he did their latest album cover). While the article is short on (part-time Missoula resident) Jeff Ament info, it does reveal that Eddie Vedder has a four-story firepole running through his house. So, there's that.

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