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
That Wasn’t Funny Congratulations on the new format, but I am heartbroken that you removed Carol Lay’s comics. I would intentionally view her artwork as the last item in L.A.Weekly,so I could put down the paper with a smile on my face. I am especially down about the matter because she would include our Los Angeles community in the strips as well, as in “Things I Love About My Neighborhood”. I also would recommend moving Lynda Barry’s “Ernie Pook’s Comeek” off of the same page as the adult advertising for “Sun Kissed Ta-Ta’s.” I see it as being a bit disrespectful to the artist, but hey, maybe Ms. Barry gets a kick out of it.
—Jake Tringali Los Feliz
Don’t kid yourself. The Comics section is your best asset. I look forward to its triumphant return to the sticky back pages of your rag.
The comics aren’t going away. We’ll continue to showcase all our regulars, though not always together. Look for their whereabouts on the contents page. Exhibits, Eh? Congratulations on your redesign! It makes complete sense to run listings next to the articles in subject categories and really improves the ease of use. It must represent a lot of hard work and I, for one, appreciate it. In all this delight, my one slight cavil is that we seem to have lost museum coverage, in particular the Museum Pick of the Week. There’s a beautiful big art section, but it concentrates on galleries. Could we have a museums page, please?
A Fond Goth-bye I would like to address a few areas from Retail Slut’s farewell write-up [“Goodbye, Slut,” March 11–17]. It stated that the second owner took possession in 1993. Shared management started in 1998 and the final paperwork for ownership was completed in 2000. I started Retail Slut to be an outlet for allwild and crazy fashion, but the tide was punk and goth in the ’80s, which led to Retail Slut’s reputation. And thus the customers’ conflict with the bright and shiny rave culture that followed. L.A. purports to be wild and daring with fashion, but mostly after the trend is publicly accepted — even among the “flamboyant gay community.” (I was kicked out of Rage twice — once for being punk rock and once for being a drag queen. I guess my earrings were too big.) You also mentioned a list of big names that frequented the store. But I’d like to give kudos to Andi from Snap-her, Viva Rebecca of Frightwig, Dina Cancer from 45 Grave, Vaginal Davis, Joseph Brooks, Jason Lavitt, computer artists Scott Kilburn and Sean Shur, photographers Pierre and Gary Silva, George from Global Sound Systems, and the Theoretical and Dragstrip crews. It’s them — and hundreds of others who constantly came walking in with a smile, and are still contributing to the scene and staying true to their art — who helped make Slut what it was. I’d like to thank them all.
Goth Eternally, Rave Forever, —Helen Bed/helen13/Helen O’Neill Grand mistress and creator of Retail Slut
Passing Into History As a classical music lover and obit aficionado, I note several major omissions from John Powers’ “Mortal Storm: The Deaths of the 20th Century” [April 15–21]. Beginning during the World Series, we lost the American baritone Robert Merrill, then in December the beloved Renata Tebaldi. January saw the passing of the miraculous Victoria de los Angeles, and last month the baritone Theodor Uppman, my first Papageno, died at 85. Already the 20th century seems more and more historical.
Lawn and Order In response to Marc Cooper’s article “Lawn-Chair Militias” [April 8–14]: Well, after all the media and your take on it, the Minutemen were effective. No matter the slants — and yes, though the media tend to try to co-opt anything — they did pretty much what they set out to do. The illegals stopped coming. You should know that the general public, the citizenry, are fed up with Bush, the Border Patrol, the media — which all tilt favoring the lack of enforcement, while they, the citizens, pay for that failure in taxes subsidizing the retinue of illegals; they feel betrayed. So, if it makes any of you uncomfortable, well, TS. Way to go, Minutemen!
—Burley L. Morris Houston
A Toast to Wry In response to your review of Woody Allen’s latest: I doubt that Allen needs me to defend him, but I would point out that his latest, MelindaandMelinda,rather subtly showcases the story of a woman who has literally — and plausibly, in my view — gotten away with first-degree murder. A wry, serious topic, about as serious as topics get. And handled, to my tastes, exactly as it should be, give or take a flat-fallen joke or two.
—Charles R. Hockett Los Angeles
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