KVETCHING ABOUT (AND MAPPING) THE 99 | Letters | Los Angeles | Los Angeles News and Events | LA Weekly
Loading...

KVETCHING ABOUT (AND MAPPING) THE 99 

Thursday, Nov 18 2010
Comments
Our annual issue featuring Jonathan Gold's 99 essential restaurants ("A Movable Beast: The Modern L.A. Restaurant, Unleashed," Nov. 11) inspired a few quibbles (to go with all of the, um, nibbles). Some of them were about the actual restaurants, such as this one from Dave Lieberman: "A well-curated list, sir, good reading, and a good mix of high- and low-end. That said, I wonder when you last visited Tirupathi Bhimas? It has slid depressingly, and the crowds seem to have vanished along with the slide. The last time, it was so dreary that we decamped to Magic Wok for their sisig and crispy pata instead."

Or this from Mark: "How did the Foundry by Eric Greenspan miss your list?"

Or from Sabio: "STILL missing Barbrix in Silver Lake. Best restaurant in L.A. in my humble opinion."

Or, finally, this from Bob Claster: "Jonathan, Jonathan ... How is it possible that you've overlooked Vito's Pizza, with by far the best pizza by the slice this side of NY? Next year."

Related Stories

  • Drought Eternal

    With record warmth, record lack of rain, and three years of official drought upon us, researchers from the University of Minnesota and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution looked nearly as far back in history as they could and concluded that this the worst drought ever seen in California. How'd they do...
  • Millennial Madness 7

    Ah, millennials. We love to hate you, what with your $200 headphones, sticker-covered MacBook Airs, and entitled workplace attitudes. We should really cut you more slack, though. That overpriced technology and inflated job title might be about all you have to hold onto these days. The world has really screwed...
  • 5 Best California-Based Cookbooks to Gift for the Holidays

    If you are lucky enough to have foodies — or even aspiring foodies — in your family or stable of friends, fear not the treachery of gift shopping: behold five great food (and drink!) books to place under your tree, menorah or kinara. From local haunts, like Auntie Em’s Kitchen...
  • Confused by Concentrates? This High Times Writer's Book Explains It All 2

    If a time-traveling pot smoker from even 20 years ago landed at an social gathering of L.A. stoners circa 2014, he or she would be quite confused. Not by the proliferation of legal weed in California, but by the preponderance of new-fangled tools, equipment and drugs that have largely supplanted...
  • California's the King of Bling 2

    No big surprise here. Yet another report has found that California is America's wealthiest state. In this case, researcher firm Wealth-X, with the help of big bank UBS, concluded that the Golden State is home to more "ultra high net worth" individuals than any other state in the union. What's bizarre,...

Some of the other quibbles were of a technical nature, including a pair suggesting that we ought to provide a map or an app. These weren't just snarky comments — these people actually created the maps. Here's the Butcher Blog: "We've created an online spreadsheet that is fully sortable. Please feel free to use and create your variations on Jonathan Gold's indispensable list: http://thebutcherblog.com/a-sortable-feast-or-how-to-make-a-good-thing-better/"

And this from Michael/South Bay Foodies: http://www.southbayfoodies.com/j-golds-99-essential-la-restaurants-map/"

Now those are helpful comments!

THE WORST LEGISLATOR?

David Futch's piece on San Fernando Valley assemblyman Felipe Fuentes ("The Worst Legislator in California," Nov. 11) and his tendency to lend his name to bills by various special interests, including L.A.'s Community Redevelopment Agency, raised not a few hackles — in both directions.

"Wonderful piece of reporting," writes Gwennie. "If anybody wonders why there is such a disconnect between the citizenry and government, this is a perfect example."

But Ricardo sees it differently: "Here we go again, L.A. Weekly gets it wrong again. When did this type of biased writing pass for journalism. When do rumors become fact. How dare David Futch compare politics of the '60s (with no Latino representation) to now. It's easy to demonize the difficult decisions that legislators have to make. Negotiating policy is part of being a politician ... just like Obama did with health care reform."

Truly takes issue with "all you commenters who think this story means that the L.A. Weekly has gone Republican [— you] are missing the point. When bills are written and pushed into law by ANY special interest, it's not good government. Doesn't matter if it's the Sierra Club or Wal-Mart. Our system now just means that California is up for sale. Thanks to David Futch for helping to expose that the emperor has no clothes!"

Kate Barner expands on that: "Sadly this is one of the few areas where there is cooperation between Democrats and Republicans at the suffering of the poor and middle class. Democrats like Fuentes, the Mayor and City Council help make Republican Developers rich by giving away taxpayer subsidies to them and massive entitlements without any real public benefit. We are taking several steps backward in this approach and further sinking the City, County, and State into the hole."

David sees monsters in our political closet: "Our City is being strangled by the CRA/Developer/Union evil axis and it is time for the people to rise up and kill the CRA monster."

Jack Beltran gets the final word, partly because he gave us his whole name: "I don't get it. This guy is 'corrupt' and the 'worst' because he was working WITH his local city government??? I would normally call that responsive democracy. Maybe it is just me."

GIVE THAT MAN AN OSKAR!

We don't often get letters about the great Oskar Fischinger, probably because we don't often write about Oskar Fischinger. But Doug Harvey's piece on Filmforum's "Alternative Projections" symposium ("Hollywood's Soft Psychedelic Underbelly," Nov. 11) brought this comment from one CVM: "Note that filmmaker/artist Oskar Fischinger, though known more widely for his films, was also a painter in the nonobjective or abstract tradition. He turned to painting when he could not obtain support in Los Angeles to make films, leaving behind many exquisite paintings but also unfinished tests, stacks of unshot animation drawings and plans for numerous unmade films. Fischinger Research Pages, bio, and more are at centerforvisualmusic.org/Fischinger."

WRITTEN ON THE WIND

Or your iPhone, we don't care. Just write us, dammit, at readerswrite@laweekly.com. Full name and contact info appreciated.

Related Content

Now Trending

Los Angeles Concert Tickets