By Michael Goldstein
By Dennis Romero
By Sarah Fenske
By Matthew Mullins
By Patrick Range McDonald
By LA Weekly
By Dennis Romero
By Simone Wilson
—Lisa Yountchi Chicago, Illinois
Now that was a good article! Thanks for putting Alec Hanley Bemis’ story online, so that those of us who are blessed and cursed to live elsewhere can access it. Thank you for having the foresight and good taste to shed a little light on this distinctly talented and profoundly interesting musician.
—Shannon Rinker Washington, D.C.
KRUDER & DORFMEISTER
I was pleasantly caught off-guard by Sasha Frere-Jones’ well-crafted, perspicacious piece on Kruder & Dorfmeister [Music Reviews, May 5–11]. In my insulated little world, I had no idea how many other people were aware of their work. I only recently discovered them; I wasn’t sure what to make of their music at first. But their style is seductive, and it crept under my skin like a subtle narcotic. I got hooked. And thanks to Sasha, I’m gonna check out Pole and Walter Marchetti. Tell him to keep up the writing — his style oozes with great imagery.
Kosmic Kudos to Jay Babcock for giving print to Julian Cope [“Cosmic Cuckoos,” May 12–18]. That was the first time I had seen any press on the marvelous Arch-Drood. Trying to find Cope’s work is a challenge in this country, which is a tragedy when one considers the ideology behind his recordings. Hopefully, the words and sounds of Julian will begin to trickle through this declining civilization.
Reviewer Steven Mikulan observes, “The film that Small Time Crooksmost resembles is Take the Money and Run” [“Thieves Like Us,” May 19–25]. Apparently he is not familiar with Larceny, Inc. (1942), in which Edward G. Robinson leads a gang of dimwits who plan to rob a bank by leasing a storefront and tunneling under it to the bank. Instead of Tracey Ullman’s cookies, Robinson’s store sells luggage. Other than that, same plot. Add in a generous helping of Born Yesterday, and it turns out the “minor” Woody Allen can’t be bothered to use an original script.
In the article “Cinema Tech” [May 12–18], we included the New York Film Academy in the category of “quick-time boiler rooms,” noting that it “promises to teach the art of filmmaking for a mere 6- or 8-week investment.” We in no way meant to imply by this that the school uses high-pressure sales tactics or engages in illegal or unethical activities.
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