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Re: “Tucson Salvage

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

Re: “Tucson Salvage

I appreciate careful and critical examination of the intention behind art and journalism, but, Human Bean, I do not agree with your deductions in this case.

Are you really comparing the life stories of disenfranchised persons to abandoned houses and judging their experiences to be unilateral disasters?
Is presenting a humans positive assets alongside their more obvious flaws really fetishizing them?

And if a column like Tucson Salvage cannot or should not in your mind profile such individuals, then who will? Is it better (perhaps more convenient?) they remain transparent, out of the publics conscience, sight and mind?

As to the author using first person, I understand it to be his way of leveling the playing field, hopefully sidestepping pity or accidentally evoking the dreaded other.

I welcome and anticipate your thoughtful response.

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Posted by Magdelena37 on 07/18/2019 at 9:11 PM

Re: “Tucson Salvage

This is by far my favorite Salvage ever. It feels like Smith is challenging himself to go deeper and farther towards uncovering the heartbeat of this town with each passing week. Reading this is like hanging out with Steinbeck's blessed paisanos in Tortilla Flat. Bravo. I hope there are many more slices of life that follow de las calles. Smith has found his calling and now we all get to share in his rich, open-hearted vision.

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Posted by Magdelena37 on 07/18/2019 at 8:23 AM

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What a fabulous read! Yet another instance of Brian Smith stopping and listening to the life stories of people we pass by everyday on the street. Thank you for continuing to remind us that everyone has a story worth telling.

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Posted by Magdelena37 on 04/04/2019 at 1:23 PM

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Only Brian Smith would think to write about a working class actor. Apart from a handful of household names, thats exactly what the majority of actors are.

I love the positive attitude of Mr Folk. Beaten by cops, overcoming institutional racism and still filled with gratitude. He is an exemplary human and I am better for knowing his story.

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Posted by Magdelena37 on 10/04/2018 at 5:51 PM

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I love how unexpectedly upbeat this story is. By going back to basics, this family has found true love and happiness, regardless of traditional markers of success or social status. Thank you again, Mr. Smith for bringing another oft-overlooked real people story to life. You set a good example for us all. The magic is there for us to find if we can open our hearts and clear our minds of judgement.

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Posted by Magdelena37 on 09/23/2018 at 2:45 PM

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This week's Salvage is especially lyric and beautiful. I love the author's honesty about his past and the humbleness and open-heartedness he brings to the homeless persons in his present. Inspiring.

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Posted by Magdelena37 on 05/31/2018 at 10:48 AM

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