Every year around this time, we Weekly people get sentimental about our halcyon college days and publish a back-to-college guide. Comprised of season calendars for the various metro area campuses, the guide also includes a primer on Birmingham’s cultural attractions.
But for those of you who need no refresher course on the city’s offerings, this week’s paper has plenty else: the beginning of our mayoral election coverage, including Mark Kelly’s meditation on more than a century of questionable communication and Kyle Whitmire’s dreamy speculation on what might happen to five mayoral candidates lost at sea; an open letter to Artur Davis, protesting his vote for the Protect America Act; another visit to “New Worlds of Wine,” with a particular emphasis on a taste for a cure; a cinematic obituary for Ingmar Bergman and Michelangelo Antonioni and, for a lark, an imagining of what Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane’s wedding vows might sound like if he wrote them himself.
Way back in July 1874 (and quoted in the September issue of The Atlantic), F.B. Sanborn said, “The careful reader of a few good newspapers can learn more in a year that most scholars do in their great libraries.” Here’s to hoping that Birmingham Weekly is required reading for you, back to college or not.