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I wish to express my gratitude and appreciation for the writing done by Karen Brady in BUFFALO. "Passages" (March 20) was an exemplary piece, sensitively done, informative and with an ability for clarity in writing that is rare.

In the fourth year of publication of ELF magazine, I have received thousands of manuscripts from around the world. The subject matter that predominates is death and dying. In one form or another, grieving, loss, funerals, blood, flesh, bone are the prevalent topics. They are manifest in various plots and poetry. Few are done well. And there are readers who have told us that they won't look at a story or poem that starts with death or dying.

So we give them poetry that sings and images that sneak up on them with insights, euphemisms on life and death. Congratulations and thank you for the fine writing.

Publisher, ELF: Eclectic Literary Forum
No Hold on the Blues
I'd like to respond to "Fade to Blues" (Feb. 20). Every time music "experts" talk about the history of the blues they'll talk intimately about the accomplishments of Muddy Waters or Sonny Boy Williamson. These experts like to talk about the origins of the blues and the early accomplishments of bluesmen like Blind Lemon Jefferson and Charlie Patton (who by the way was a major influence on Howlin' Wolf's career). The young up-and-coming blues musicians do like to play some of the standard bluesy material of such ilk as Freddie King, Howlin' Wolf, Albert Collins, Little Walter, B.B. King and Otis Rush. But it's also true they have just as much fun playing stuff by Stevie Ray Vaughn, Paul Butterfield, Elvin Bishop, Eric Johnson, Ten Years After, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. When it comes to the blues nobody owns anything. Absolutely no one.


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