Letter From The Publishers
For those of you old enough, there is a scene of a much younger Tom Cruise jumping about with sunglasses in his underwear embedded in your brain. With the possible exception of 'Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure', that Tom Cruise scene in 'Risky Business' did more than anything to elevate the art of air guitar. These iconic '80s flicks made what was previously an embarrassing, private activity cool. And, finally, Taiwan is going to host its first air guitar championship and send a representative to the world championships in Finland. This local guitar god will be representing Taiwan, rather than, say, 'Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu' (I love cheering for the 'fightin' customs territory!') or 'Chinese, Taipei'. We'll see how long that lasts.
As I write this I am a quivering mass of nerves, for tomorrow is the first day of this year's Compass Taichung International Food and Music Festival (yes, it's very pithy) put on by my business partner Douglas Habecker, myself and the outstanding group of people we call our staff. Every year it has gone very well, but every year I live in terror that something horrible will go wrong. I know many of you are coming down from Taipei, hopefully I'll see you there--I'm the one with the silly red hat. Unless something has actually gone horribly wrong....
I'd like to welcome back editor Josie Wu from her holiday and my mother, Tari Heap, who is coming out to visit for my birthday. It will be her first visit to Taiwan, and I'm hoping she'll see a little of the magic of fair Formosa that I see.
C. Donovan Smith