Re: "Aronson's guide for the godless" (Jan. 7), this article is why I love Metro Times! Aronson's insights are right on time, reason being is that the "entrepreneurial" form of religion here in the Detroit area is on life-support.
One of the things that Aronson spoke on was the importance of knowing your genealogy. The person who gave me most of my moral fitness was my grandfather William Lewis I. This man with only a high school education taught me that "soul winning" is big business. —Michael D. Lewis, Oak Park
Asheton to ashes
Thank you for the tribute to Ron Asheton ("Come on, Ronnie, tell 'em how I feel!," Jan. 14). It almost makes up for the fact that The Weirdness was not on even one of your year-end top-10 lists at the end of 2007. Which, given the fact that yours is a Detroit-area entertainment paper, depressed me. It wasn't only the rock 'n' roll "mall of lame" that didn't give Ron Asheton his due during his lifetime.
I never knew Ron, although I must have seen him at least a dozen times performing with Destroy All Monsters. Still, I feel as crushed by his death as I was when Dee Dee Ramone passed on. The end of an era, of something that seemed so bedrock basic that you took it for granted, like breathing. No fun.
—Don Handy, Mount Clemens
In our defense: When "The Weirdness" was released, we reviewed it ("The going gets weird," March 21, 2007). When the Stooges came to town, we interviewed them ("Reunited and it feels so stooge," April 11, 2007). And, several times that year, our critic Jeffrey Morgan dubbed it "Album of the year." Good 'nuff?
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