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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Tucson Salvage

Re: “Tucson Salvage

This calls for a road trip to Tucson!

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Posted by Kimberly Maier on 11/10/2019 at 6:01 PM

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Proud to call you my Father-in-Law! Beautiful work, Mario!!

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Posted by Ria Patino on 11/07/2019 at 6:38 PM

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The topic is of local interest to be sure, but can we please turn down the delivery? Indeed it was a dark and stormy night...

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Posted by AEI on 10/20/2019 at 7:15 PM

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I've been acquainted with these two lovely people for a number of years. I have an indie record label and David has been heavily involved in doing engineering work for me. He is a real audiophile and perfectionist. One day a few weeks ago I called and as David and I chatted, I heard beautiful music in the background. I asked him who he was listening to. It was LaVerne -- singing live. What a wonderful story about two great human beings. Bravo to them both -- and to the writer who did such a great job of profiling these two wonderful people!

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Posted by Larry Jordan on 10/19/2019 at 12:44 PM

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I used to see Arthur on Golf Links and Prudence, standing on the sidewalk, watching the traffic or just staring into space. I thought he might be an African refugee, because he seemed to be a stranger in a strange land. I wondered what happened to him. Thank you for solving part of the mystery.

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Posted by Anna-Marie Gantt on 10/18/2019 at 8:29 PM

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What a great story Brian, and a super slice of Tucson musical history. I know how much research is involved in these Tucson Salvage stories to get the facts straight and you have done it once again. Thanks for all of your hard work! FYI I'm finally transcribing my 2001 phone interview with Gary Paxton, so the Arizona musical history work never ends. Rock-A-Billys Rule! Congratulations again.

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Posted by Johnny D MostlyVinyl on 10/18/2019 at 11:08 AM

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This is amazing - and I have to add that she and David are just the most amazing people. My children were two of those kids she cared for from the time they were born until they went to school - and then on school breaks for several years. They are the reason my children are so well behaved and as well rounded as they are. I couldnt have asked for better people to help raise and guide my kids!

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Posted by dlbtuc on 10/18/2019 at 9:55 AM

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Great piece of writing, and the solution to a long-held question. I live one neighborhood over and see Conlee all the time. The descriptions of him, of his posture and his clothes and the impression he makes are absolutely perfect. Thank you

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Posted by Renee Downing 1 on 10/18/2019 at 8:23 AM

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I'm so glad you wrote this and everything written is what I thought. It so nice someone wrote a great story about him I wanted to stop so many times

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Posted by Priscilla maldonado on 10/17/2019 at 11:11 PM

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Loved this beautiful story. I grew up on Lew King and remember Jack Curtis (VIP, Spyders). Brian, every story you tell is golden. I loved your tales even before Bill Blake started writing columns in New Times.

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Posted by Dianne Jordan on 10/17/2019 at 7:28 PM

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Good stuff Sir Brian.

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Posted by Zonal Rick on 10/17/2019 at 4:46 PM

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what a great read darn good better actually [LONG LIVE LEW KING RANGER

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Posted by William Sedlmayr on 10/17/2019 at 10:06 AM

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What a ride to read about this young woman's existance, her hopes and potentials. What would be her alternatives to actualizing her abilities if she lived in the Netherlands, I wonder? Any folks out there that can tell us?

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Posted by lavastar on 09/04/2019 at 6:21 AM

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Oh my! I have seen him for years. He used to do this on Golf Links. My family has named him The Man Who Looks South. It was nice to see him today!! If he only knew how many watch him.

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Posted by Parson Parson on 08/30/2019 at 5:40 PM

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Does everyone have a story? Brian Smith finds enough people who do have one that it helps me give strangers I encounter the benefit of the doubt. He also writes like an angel, so Im grateful for that too.

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Posted by Hurri on 08/29/2019 at 12:24 PM

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I became a fan of Brian Jabas Smith after moving to Tucson in 2017. Tucson Salvage led me to read Spent Saints and Other Stories which is one of those rare books that made an impression on me as it seemed to be written just for me. Brians stories are as real as the people he reveals to us as we read. It is always a powerful experience for me and he is consistently masterful at his craft.

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Posted by OutbackDave on 08/17/2019 at 5:02 PM

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Thank you for this beautiful piece. I have seen this man a couple of times in the past and often wondered. You shone a light on someone that has occupied my thoughts from time to time.

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Posted by yzma67 on 08/10/2019 at 9:10 PM

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My fellow HumanBean,

Websters New College Dictionary defines fetishization as, To treat with unwarranted respect: to overvalue. If then, you judge the author to be guilty of unwarranted respect for a sex worker, are you not the one who is guilty of judgement?

I have had the privilege of not just reading but analyzing and studying Tucson Salvage as a body of work both inside and outside the classrooms of higher learning institutions and, alongside a jury of my peers, have found the work to have academic merit in both a sociological and creative nonfiction context. This writing and its unflinching depiction of oft-marginalized
voices holds equal weight in the Ivory Tower and down on the street corner (a difficult feat to manage indeed.)

In the spirit of Salvage and its underlying message that we are all as human beings in this thing together, I shake your hand and offer you the respectful disagreement that we should all be trying to afford one another every day.

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Posted by Magdelena37 on 07/20/2019 at 1:11 PM

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I was comparing photographers and writers who make a living documenting the misery of others and questioning when it crosses a line. These are ethical questions that are openly discussed among photographers and writers. Your creatively interpretive response reminded me of something Trump would say. Nobody was comparing empty buildings to people! You big orange goof.

The one point I want to address from your post is this, because it's so glaring:

*Is presenting a humans positive assets alongside their more obvious flaws really fetishizing them?

Does Brian figuratively fetishize these people as your question presumes I was referecing? I think he does, but that was not my point. It's not that deep, he is LITERALLY festishizing them, which is way worse! Did you even read this piece? I will quote one section in particular for you:

"Tia cameoed in a previous Tucson Salvage column and she is too pretty and white and healthy-looking to be anywhere near a homeless camp. You don't see homeless people like her every day"

I am going to stop here. That is text book reductive fetishization of a person based on looks, gender and race. It's crazy that my fellow liberals are embracing this kind of stuff so openly!

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Posted by HumanBean on 07/20/2019 at 7:50 AM

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Another good look at the "others" we try so hard not to see.

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Posted by Lingo Head on 07/19/2019 at 3:04 AM

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