Lewis MacAdams did a masterful job of presenting the character and talent of this young rookie, who is just one piece in the complex puzzle that defines this season’s Lakers team. What can I say? The Lakers are the best, and Mad Dog is just one of many reasons why.
Why is there so much interest in Mark Madsen? He has at least two commercials, and that, as far as I know, is more than any other Laker except O’Neal and Bryant. In addition to that, I cannot tell you how many times he has been written about and featured in television sports profiles. And now he gets to be on the front page of the L.A. Weekly? Tell me, please, what are his accomplishments to qualify him for so much attention? Born white. I am truly sick of you white people.
Madsen is definitely a throwback to the athletes of the 1950s. He asks for nothing extra from the Los Angeles Lakers and gives no quarter to the opposition on the basketball court. He is, indeed, the epitome of the happy warrior. All he can do as a rookie is win a championship ring, learn from Shaq in the process and bring the Lakers many years of productive basketball. Thanks for featuring a class act.
Re: Kristine McKenna’s “Random Acts of Satire” [June 1–7]. I am one of the expat New Yorkers so despised by Harry Shearer: I complain about the absence of community in Los Angeles. Could Mr. Shearer please give me directions to his Los Angeles, the one in which there is a thriving public sphere and an active street life? I think I may be missing a few pages in my aging Thomas Guide.
As regards every story you’ve ever run, every asinine editorial position you’ve plagued the public with, every candidate you’ve ever endorsed or even mentioned, and every opinion your (obviously public-school-educated) staff has ever touted . . . Who fucking cares?!
THE EDITORS REPLY: Some of us went to private schools, but naturally we’re ashamed of it.
In last week’s Film Special Events, the preview of LACMA’s weekend presentation of “Tall, Dark and Handsome: Cary Grant on Film” was written by Hazel-Dawn Dumpert.