By Hillel Aron
By Joseph Tsidulko
By Patrick Range McDonald
By David Futch
By Hillel Aron
By Dennis Romero
By Jill Stewart
By Dennis Romero
You should be aware that on any Web-based discussion group, there will be postings by those who intend to cause a stir. Sometimes these postings are even done by those who wish to discredit the site (maybe L.A. Weekly readers?). At any rate, you seem to be confusing anti-illegal-immigration with racism.
Stick around, Free Republic. Engage in some debates. We are always looking to hear and debate the leftist point of view.
I am not a poster on, or a member of, F.R., but I do read it to get the conservative view of things, much as I read Salon and The Nation to get the left-wing view. If you are condemning F.R. because it allows free expression of sometimes hateful and ignorant thoughts, please condemn all avenues of free speech, not just the ones you disagree with.
EIGHT OUT OF 11 AIN'T BAD
In "Master Class" [July 2329], Paul Malcolm wrote that "the Hitchcock series represents a singular opportunity for anyone who hasn't spent the '90s jetting off to Berlin, Toronto, Venice and Cannes" to see the films of international directors such as Claire Denis, Kinji Fukasaku, Ken Loach, Deepa Mehta, Garin Nugroho, Idrissa Ouédraogo, Lynne Ramsay, Arturo Ripstein and Tsai Ming-Liang. L.A. cineastes who know better didn't have to do that, because the UCLA Film and Television Archive has screened the works of the above-mentioned directors -- except for Fukasaku, Mehta and Ramsay -- at various times throughout the '90s, frequently with the directors in attendance. Of the films in the Hitchcock series, three actually received their U.S. or local premieres at the Archive: Ripstein's Divine, in February of this year; Tsai's The River, in 1997; and Nugroho's And the Moon Dances, in 1996. In 1990, the Archive organized a Ripstein retrospective that subsequently toured North America and Europe.
Malcolm does a disservice to L.A.'s film culture by presuming less than there actually is. If he laments "the vagaries and neglect that pass for foreign-film distribution in the United States," that's all the more reason for him not to overlook the efforts of organizations like the Archive that are doing something about that lack.
UCLA Film and Television Archive
Imagine my surprise to discover my name in the pages of the L.A. Weekly ["Basil Expedition Goes to Holyland," OffBeat, July 30August 5]. It's not every day that a reporter from a "scrappy" rag like the Los Angeles Independent has the pleasure of being simultaneously patronized and plagiarized in such a worthy paper. I must confess that a less-than-close study of the Los Angeles Times' fine "My Favorite Weekend" column led me to erroneously report in "Virtual Holyland" (L.A. Independent, July 21) that actor Michael York had visited the Holyland Exhibition in Silver Lake. In fact, as you pointed out, he just hopes to go someday.
Determined not to make the same mistake twice, I took special care reading your equally OffBeat section. It was then that I noticed the eerie similarities between your writer's take on the Holyland Exhibition and my original piece. With the exception of a single credited quote, other parts of my "Virtual Holyland" article made it onto the pages of the Weekly without attribution, making it appear that OffBeat had actually conducted independent research on Holyland.
Wasn't it Michael York who said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery? Maybe not. In any case, I don't know whom to thank for the compliment, since your author neglected to include a byline.
Los Angeles Independent
THEY CAN'T ALL BE JIMI HENDRIX
A couple of weeks ago, you ran a photograph of guitarist John Pisano in the jazz section of the Weekly. It shows him playing left-handed, and I thought, "Uh-oh" -- and "It's one of Claxton's." This week, I saw a similar shot of guitarist Nels Cline, and I thought, "Uh-oh" -- and "It's one of mine."
Why do layout artists reverse pictures left to right? We photographers allow you some artistic license, but now you're distorting the facts and messin' with history. This is just irresponsible journalism. I wonder how many homers McGwire would have scored last season had you had him hit from the other side, or how many of Odets' characters would be sitting around waiting for Righty.
Y'all need to quit doing this shit now.
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