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By Simone Wilson
[Re “The Porn Star’s Revenge: Formerly Known as Jeff Stryker, Charles Peyton Has Turned His Toxic Feud Over the Folk-Music Club Kulak’s Woodshed Into a Real-Life Online Obsession,” by Steven Mikulan:] Peyton says he is the one being bullied by Woodshed’s renovations, “with no other reason than to torture me.” In colloquial speech, bullying often describes a form of harassment perpetrated by an abuser who possesses more physical and/or social power and dominance than the victim. None of these traits may be attributed to Kulak, who comes across as a rational human being. Therefore, me thinks that Peyton instead suffers from serious long-term emotional and behavioral problems brought on by his past profession, and not by his current neighbor.
Posted by Nick Rodero, Venice Beach
Peyton sounds like a chigger. One of those annoying little bugs that attaches itself to a body and gnaws away at it. Hopefully, his efforts will be rebuffed, his suit will be lost, and he will crawl back into the black hole of relative anonymity from whence he came, and from which he can continue to market his adult products to the rapidly diminishing number of people who know, or care, who he is.
Posted by Brett, Northridge
Hell hath no fury like a scorned queen with a big package versus the Valley redneck wannabe! If this were a gay bar, would things be different?
Posted by Valley Gay Guy, the Valley
Let’s see, now ... four active Web sites ... countless calls to police and other authorities ... multimillion-dollar lawsuit . . . playing his own music way louder than the Woodshed’s (which I’ve personally witnessed frequently). Whose fault is it his biography isn’t getting written?
Posted by CrazyDiamond2009
[Re “The Reader: Book Soup’s Glenn Goldman, 58, R.I.P.,” by Jon Robin Baitz:] What a beautiful eulogy for a terrific man. Book Soup is as sui generis as its visionary owner. It remains a place to wander, to discover, to find more than you knew you were looking for. I loved it in its earliest days, when Glenn would always be there to recommend things, and I loved it in later days, when I’d catch a glimpse of him and we’d exchange a nod that said: Remember when? What was amazing is that he has pretty much kept the Remember When feeling alive in Book Soup to this day.
Posted by Richard Kramer, L.A.
Book Soup was a refuge for me during my L.A. years. Its style was that of a Fourth Avenue New York bookstore that had somehow migrated West in spirit. Robin Baitz’s wonderful tribute to its owner evokes a fine man and a lost time, before Amazon and the Internet took the fun out of browsing and buying.
Posted by Sherman Yellen, New York
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