By Besha Rodell
By Patrick Range McDonald
By Michael Goldstein
By Dennis Romero
By Sarah Fenske
By Matthew Mullins
By Patrick Range McDonald
By LA Weekly
Generally, the Weekly does a marvelous job of featuring local personalities and places in a way that makes you put down the paper for a second and think, “Aw shucks, there’s more depth to this place and its many characters than people give credit for.” This, unfortunately, was not the case in Seven McDonald’s unbelievably pointless article that for whatever reason chose to highlight the difficult struggle of three of the most vapid trust-fund brats in Burbank [“Cool Times,” August 1–7]. I always said that when the L.A. Weekly turned into Entertainment Weekly, it would be time to go. Let’s hope al Qaeda has the Toluca Hills Oakwood apartment complex on their short list. If you need me, I’ll be in Wyoming.
By the way, if “Cool Times” was a joke, it was very, very funny.
—J. Cole Silver Lake
DOWN AT THE FIVE-AND-TEN
Marc Cooper’s press-release-packaged-as-commentary about Arianna Huffington [“It’s the Governor, Dahling,” August 1–7] demonstrates that his journalism ethics are comparable to Dick Cheney’s political ethics. The “sprawling Brentwood home” that Cooper describes in his press release is the same home where Arianna hosted a publicity party for Cooper’s book Pinochet and Me. Cooper’s failure to disclose this and other information about his relationship with Arianna is about as forgivable as Cheney’s failure to disclose the names of the energy-industry executives who helped him draft the Bush administration’s energy policy. The main difference between Cheney and Cooper is that the vice president is a multimillion-dollar hustler; Cooper is a nickel-and-dimer.
SOME ENCHANTED EVENINGS
Alan Rich is wonderful, the best classical et al. music reviewer we’ve had in L.A. in 20 years. We’re in desperate need here. For God’s sake, don’t ever let him go.
—Angela and Richard Mankiewicz Los Angeles
AN IDEA WHOSE TIME HASN’T COME
Well, here we are in election hell with several unbearable candidates. But, who has the power, intelligence, charisma and lifestyle to be governor of this state — and needs a job? Bill Clinton! I can only encourage Bill to buy a small apartment in Lodi and come out here to save us from ourselves.
Rich Bergman Pasadena
A news item (Citysweep, August 15–21) stated that Eric Garcetti served as campaign manager in the re-election campaign of his father, District Attorney Gil Garcetti, in 2000. The son’s campaign-manager stint came in his father’s election four years earlier.
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