COOPER DOUBLE BILL
Thanks for Marc Coopers article March Madness [Dissonance, March 2127]. Cooper put into words exactly the way that I feel about Bushs ill-considered war. The article was a nuanced anti-war position that I dont hear from the larger anti-war movement. But then again, the bumper-sticker sloganeering of the Bush administration doesnt exactly encourage a nuanced reply.
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Re: Marc Coopers Political Life: Shopping for a Hero, [A Considerable Town, March 2127]. Was I at the same Howard Dean reception as this overheated piece described? I drove to that party in my 8-year-old Mazda looking for someone with the guts to speak his mind. And when he did speak his mind, it was such a shock to most of us we naturally got excited. Animal House toga party? Hardly. The age range was teenage through 87 years. They were earnest and eager, and many found their candidate, and the rest of us left thinking we were going to follow this guys campaign.
Re: Shopping for a Hero. Were extremely lucky to have Marc Cooper tell it like it is. Hes got the guts to say the uncomfortable. Thank you, L.A. Weekly, for giving him a place to say it.
MEYERSON ON ZE BRINK
Re: On the Brink [Powerlines, March 1420]. Harold Meyersons reflections on our conflict with Iraq are interesting, if not very accurate. As when he speaks about the allies that have stood by us for 60 years. He means, of course, France.
Lets look at this ally. In 1944, when our soldiers were dying in French hedgerows, the populace was stripping American dead. While American soldiers were dying to get to Paris, the French waited until the city was open then marched in as victors. In the 1950s, France sold materials to communist-bloc countries and in at least one instance allowed a Soviet spy to escape after killing an American agent. In the 1960s, France had a brisk trade with China and Hanoi, making sure that there were always enough munitions to kill Americans.
The story could go on and on, but the point is the French have no morals, no loyalty and, most of all, no courage.
Re: David L. Ulins The New Parent Trap [A Considerable Town, March 1420]. What a shameful way to get your point across coaching your 4-year-old, who should only recognize the presidents face at that age, not his fathers opinion of the man. Can you sink any lower? My son is 6 now, and he knows who the president is and knows that no matter what, he is the leader of our country. As embarrassing as Clinton was as a president, I taught my son that the job is one that not many people can achieve, nor do they want to. It takes someone special. Maybe someday Mr. Ulin can teach his kid a new word: respect.
It does not come as any surprise that the media have turned the war against Iraq into another charade. The amount of filtering, sanitizing, propaganda, mindless analysis and flat-out deception that goes on in our media is obscene. Im hoping that the Weekly continues to provide a fresh, clear, truthful picture of the war, however painful it might be. Im hoping that you will show the other side of the war too, the Iraqi civilians suffering in this plight. This, after all, is perhaps the most important reality that needs to be acknowledged in this crisis.
SHOW PEOPLE YOU GOTTA LOVE EM
Re: Nikki Finkes Boycott the Oscars [Deadline Hollywood, March 2127]. I think that this part of your article says it all: When the acting communitys anti-war sentiment began to be organized by director-producer Robert Greenwald in December, he had only 10 celebrities as signatories to a call for peace. A small news conference was held at Hollywoods Les Deux Cafe. To everyones amazement, the French bistro was jammed with global media. Soon Artists Uniteds membership expanded to 50, then 75, then 100, now even more. These celebrities are more interested in self-promotion on a global media stage, rather than in world peace.
Hollywood celebrities are an odd bunch who deal in fantasy, self-aggrandizement and conjecture, day in and day out. Is it any wonder they dont have a clue as to what reality is east of Palm Springs? At a time such as this, why does Hollywood really think anybody gives a rats keister about who does or who doesnt decide to protest at the Oscars? How many of these ego-boosting gabfests do stars need to feel good about themselves? Frankly, if nobody showed up itd be a welcome break from the comatose festivites seen in past years. I, for one, would not be heartbroken. The more Hollywood imbeciles sound off, the more the average Joe and Jane Lunchbucket will realize there are better entertainment options besides movies and TV.
I agree with Nikki Finke: We should not watch the Oscars, this year or any other year. We are tired of hearing from a handful of liberal, overpaid performers using their occupational status for a soapbox. Do they really believe that the average person is going to believe a drug culture of people who have been married several times? They cant even manage their own lives, yet alone manage anyone elses.
Re: Steven Leigh Morris History in the Remaking [March 1420]. Thanks for your profile on Ed Begley Jr. and his musical. Because of that article, I went to a performance last weekend and found, in its combination of humanity, intelligence and emotion, the core of what theater should be and rarely is. Musicals, in general, suck. They present false situations in pseudo-pop musical styles and interest only people already interested in musicals. Cesar and Ruben is about something that matters, and uses real pop music to tap deeply into the emotional core of it audiences lives. I did not think I would like a singing Cesar Chavez, but Roberto Alcaraz made a flesh-and-blood human being out of an icon.
BAIT AND SWITCH
Jonathan Gold misses the target in his response about people who visited Bastide for the $60 dinner and were intimidated into ordering the $90 dinner, then billed an unannounced $30 supplement for truffles [Ask Mr. Gold, March 1420]. Back in Ohio we called this bait and switch. I know that we see dishonesty in heads of both studios and governments; but restaurants, being more important than either, should be run honestly.
Contrary to what we reported in last weeks Learning Pick of the Week, Daniel Buren is giving two presentations at LACMA. For information on Stripes Strike, a dialogue with critic-historian Serge Guilbaut to be presented Friday, April 11, see Page 152.