On my last visit to Prague, I took note of your tribute to Carlo Giuliani (above) about which I would like to comment. One can only conclude ignorance or arrogance on the part of the Italian authorities in allowing things to have escalated to this catastrophic conclusion. In either case, the Italians were ill-equipped and poorly trained and on this I believe everyone can agree.
Your tribute, however, is underlined by certain sentiments with which I take exception. That Carlo's death was "at the hands of violence" is clear enough - a violence initiated by Carlo. How much sympathy are we to reserve for someone who, living by the sword, died by it? And as for the untimeliness of his death, I invite you to recall the images which record the event in question:
We have a young man in an official capacity whose life is being threatened on one side by an attacker with a lethal plank of wood, and from behind by Carlo with an equally lethal object (a fire extinguisher). For the young officer, I would argue that Carlo's death was very well timed indeed.
... if Carlo Giuliani had attacked the police with a machine gun mounted atop a Land Rover, we might buy your "live by the sword / die by the sword" take on his cold blooded murder. But this was no two-sided battle between equal forces.
He was shot in the head - twice - and then run over just to make sure he was dead. This is an old cop tactic based on the knowledge that a dead man can't sue the police, but a man with a brain injury can. We do indeed mourn Carlo's death, and believe his behavior pales beside the state barbarism on display in Genoa last month. For the young officer who aimed and pulled the trigger, we have no pity.
I have been a big fan of your magazine for over a year now; thanks for the entertainment. Anyway, I figured I would submit something for possible publication for next month's (or the next month's...) issue.
It may seem strange that I am sending two similar pieces on Turkey, but I have both and I thought one might be more appropriate or desirable than the other. One is a typical travel bit including some useful info on visiting Turkey and the other is more of a person al essay on some of the crazy crap that happened during my trip.
So, if you think you could use either I would be thrilled and if not, thanks anyway and keep up the good work.
- Sincerely, Lara Golandear
i wrote something, i don't know if its any good if you want to print it, that would be great, if you think its sh*t, well let me know that too you can make whatever changes you want just let me know whatever you decide thanks a lot.
Dear Terra and Lara,
Thanks for the letters and the submissions. We have decided to use you guys as an excuse to restate our submissions policy. Here it is: THINK welcomes unsolicited submissions of all kinds from its readers, and usually receives dozens of articles and stories each month.
Sometimes we respond, some times manuscripts fall between the under staffed cracks at THINK HQ. But just because we don't publish something or acknowledge you doesn't mean it sucks. Although it might.
just saying hello Think!
My name is Gerald and I've visited Prague twice this year. Your magazine is a great way to get to know a little about Prague's people and it's culture. I'm a passionate skateboarder and it was a real good experience for me to skate in prague, because here in Germany (Regensburg / Bavaria) the skateboarding scene is really commercial and mainstream orientated, and in Prague it still seems rooted and original.
I never got to know as many nice people in such a short time as I did in my few days here and the partying rocks like nowhere else. I totally fell in love with prague and for me THINK is some sort of synonym for my good times in your city. I keep those two issues I have like my eyeball.
The first thing I will do next time I come to Prague is drink a smoothie at the Globe, where I will check THINK magazine to see what's going on. congratulations for your magazine's art work, poetry and articles (as much as I under stood them). You have a big fan over here...
If it's possible I would like to ask if somebody is able to answer my mail or if you guys know any skateboarder I could get in contact with thru e-mail to meet up at Stalin or Stvanice someday. Thanks anyways and much love for Prague and your magazine.
... the mist from our eyes has finally cleared up and we want to thank you for the heartfelt letter, maybe the nicest we've ever received. We all stopped skating years ago except maybe Holditch - but we encourage any THINKing thrashers out there to get in touch with you.
FYI: CZECHIA is the official one-word name of the Czech Republic. Czechia - The Czech Republic. Czechia is a country in Central Europe. Its neighbors are Poland, Slovakia, Austria and Germany. The Czech Republic was officially created on January 1 1993. From 1918 to 1992 (except several years during WWII) it was a part of Czechoslovakia.
The other part exists now as the Slovak Republic. Czechia is the official one-word name of the Czech Republic. In 1993 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic in its memorandum to to all Czech embassies and diplomatic missions recommended to use the full name "Czech Republic" only in official documents and titles of official institutions.
In all other cases, the one-word name Czechia should be preferred. www.czechia.org
Thanks for clearing up for us this most confusing issue. Some of our writers prefer to use the official Czech Republic, others like Czechia, and others still just like to say C to the Z.
Just ran across this article from one of your former contributors that I thought you might enjoy. It's called "The Seven Habits of Sensitive, Celibate Men" and can be found at: www.g21.net/tunanow19.html.
... thanks for the curt note, but it couldn't possibly be a former contributor as we do not employ sensitive or celibate men. And they do not have habits.