Well, it seems to happen so frequently. It's nobody's fault, it's just, well, you know, sh*t happens. After several weeks of above-average writer turn-out, the columnists' nav-bar may look a little smaller this week.
Due to a personal setback he suffered over this past weekend, the momentum-building Brandon Jones is forced to sit out the week to deal with the issues at hand. We wish Brandon the best of luck in this and look forward to next week's return of both Splash Page (which just returned last week after years of dormancy), State of the Nation (his new political column) and Message Board postings. Brandon already had a full plate with all these contributions, so it doesn't take much to upset the applecart.
Brandon assures me everything's under control, he just needs some time, and he will likely elaborate on the situation when he returns.
Sadly, the same might not apply to Matt Drinnenberg of Matt's Rail. Missing in these pages for two months now, I asked Mike Smith to check on Matt to see what's up. Besides an overload of work hassles (who among us doesn't suffer that), evidently, the balance of Matt's time is spent building (or from my vantage point of view, re-building) his solo musical career in the North-East area of the country. Although it wasn't made clear whether Matt had abandoned The Rail for good, it seemed apparent he's out for the forseeable future. In the nearly 10 years of PCR's existence, the two longest-running columns are Mike's Rant and Matt's Rail. Mike Smith continues to be the only writer who has never missed an issue (god bless him), but the discontinuation of The Rail is a rather disquieting benchmark.
Of couse, we wish Matt the best of luck at his musical endeavor, but we will miss his humor and insight back at the compound.
SOME GOOD NEWS....
This week Mike Smith is expanding his movie review column to include -- ready for this? -- independent films! Starting with two local filmmakers (local to Mike in Missouri, that is), Mike is treading ground only a scarce few of us have ever dared to tread. This marks a return, of sorts, since the closing of the Tampa Film Review. Who knows.....maybe Terence and I will start finding some new indie DVDs in the PO Box, and the cycle will begin anew.
IN ANY EVENT...
The writers we have onboard are the best of the best, and I'm sure there will be plenty to keep you entertained and informed until the dust settles on the current situation.
Meanwhile, Ye Olde Editor is continuing to work behind the scenes on web development and some new sections, so stay tuned.