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KATE & RODNEY

Re: “A Man Out of Time” [cover story, June 13–19]. Kate Sullivan’s article gives Rodney Bingenheimer the kudos he deserves and informs a mostly unaware public of a DJ who has touched all of our lives by helping to create and shape rock & roll history. It’s sad and frustrating when execs in entertainment conglomerates have the power, but neither the creativity nor the balls, to back new stuff, when they rely on being trend followers rather than trendsetters and frontiersmen. Thanks, L.A. Weekly, for always speaking up, speaking out and helping us keep our groove on.

—Sue Jones Glendale

 

Kate Sullivan wrote a great story about the Rodney Bingenheimer documentary, but everyone I know agrees with me that the issue had the creepiest cover photo in the history of the L.A. Weekly. I think you did Rodney no favors with that picture, even if he approved it. My girlfriend brought it home, and it scared the shit out of me!

—Shaun Mason Silver Lake

 

PETER & CHRIS

Why don’t you let Peter Fletcher write just one more puff piece about Chris Carter [“Do Look Back,” June 13–19]? That way, he’ll have written not four but five Weekly pieces kissing Carter’s ass since January 2002. Carter has been one of the biggest self-promoters in L.A. rock circles, for longer than Coyote Shivers. He’ll certainly continue with the latter activity just so long as there are fine Los Angeles journalists like his friend Peter Fletcher placing stories about him in the Weekly.

—David Meyers Los Angeles

HILLARY & MARTHA

Re: “Iron Maidens” [On, June 13–19]. I was sorry to see John Powers use so many political clichés in his article about Hillary Clinton and Martha Stewart. I don’t believe most men are “unnerved” by strong women. I sort of like Martha. Does that make me part of the Wall Street right wing Mr. Powers refers to? I respect that she built a business, created jobs and appears to make her own decisions. Unfortunately, her decision to lie to the government is a mistake she shares with Hillary. But I can see why Hillary has support: Any person who can play so many roles and turn a $1,000 investment in cattle futures into a $100,000 profit overnight need not reveal her gender at all.

—Frank DeSimone Redondo Beach

CHERUBS & RUGRATS

Re: “Decapitating the Friedmans” [June 13–19]. I could have done without the bit in Ella Taylor’s Capturing the Friedmans review describing children as “firm and round and perfectly formed.” Is this generalization useful to anyone besides pedophiles? Children are also sometimes funny-looking, bony and smelly. I get that the film and the reviewer are both trying to raise issues of sexuality that don’t get dealt with enough — and I’m fully in favor of that. I just don’t see why one has to make blanket, pointedly titillating statements in the middle of an otherwise engaging review. Looking over the other L.A. Weekly capsule reviews, I find a few other references to “youthful beauty” and “spectacular tits.” It seems that shameless superficial ogling is the one questionable behavior that the Weekly consistently allows itself.

—Dominic Mah Los Angeles

 

SHRINERS CONTENTION

Re: Stephen Lemons’ “Dear God!” [June 13–19]. Thank goodness I’m not the only one who considers the so-called shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe at the Plaza of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels an insult to that sacred personage, as well as to those who revere her. She belongs inside the cathedral, in a properly appointed chapel, with flowers and candles — and I don’t mean in one of those cubbyholes they call a “chapel.”

If the Latino community is not offended by this treatment of this, their most sacred of images, then they should be. Officials from the archdiocese claim that the Virgin is outside because they don’t want to “keep her from the faithful.” How is placing the sacred image of the Mother of God in a place of honor inside the cathedral going to keep her away from the people? This is an outrage. Thanks to the L.A. Weekly for bringing this issue of the Blessed Virgin into the public eye. She deserves our love and support.

—Georgina Heath Santa Monica

 

Reading Stephen Lemons’ article, one gets the impression that the new Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels has some serious shortcomings when it comes to recognizing the diverse cultures of Los Angeles Catholics. I want to offer my point of view that the cathedral is an incredible monument to diversity and inclusivity, a bold recognition of the Virgin’s position as patroness of the Americas (as declared by Pope John Paul II). The shrine is a very important place of prayer for pilgrims and a key attraction for visitors, Catholic and non-Catholic alike. The great bronze doors at the entrance to the cathedral reveal different images of the Virgin from the visions that have been passed to us through various cultures represented here in Southern California. These include the Immaculate Conception, the Pietà, the Mater Dolorosa, the Virgin of Pomata, the Virgin of the Rosary of Chichinquira, the ‰ Divine Shepherdess, the Virgin of the Cave, the Virgin of the Candlestick, the Virgin of Mercy and, yes, the Virgin of Guadalupe. It’s worth noting that none of these other than the Virgin of Guadalupe enjoys a permanent shrine at the cathedral.

From my point of view, the art committee and Cardinal Mahony, in their years of discernment, have accomplished something beyond expectations in their presenting and balancing of symbols of faith important to all Catholics in the most ethnically and culturally diverse archdiocese in the world.

—Ray Bianco Marina del Rey

 

THE FACE BEHIND THE BEHIND

Re: “Dixie’s Chicks” [A Considerable Town, June 20–26]. Hey, thanks for putting a picture of my butt in your publication! And thanks for the great article on the Miss Exotic World Pageant. You really captured the day perfectly. It’s nice to see intelligent coverage of the burlesque-revival movement from people who actually “get it.”

—Sparkly Devil Detroit, Michigan

TWIN TWEAKS

Regarding John Payne’s otherwise excellent piece “Rhyme of the Century” [June 20–26]. Composer Daedelus’ real name is not Alfred Hawkins, but Alfred Weisberg-Roberts. You’ve nominated him for Best DJ Mixmeister in this year’s L.A. Weekly music awards, so you really should know better.

—Alicia Weisberg-Roberts London, England

 

Re: Sara Catania’s “The Bright Ages: Stargazing With Big-Buck Chuck” [A Considerable Town, June 13–19]. Being an amateur astronomer, I really enjoyed this article, until the part about the tiger. I’m from Africa, where the only place you will find a tiger is behind bars in a zoological garden. It is a common misconception that tigers have found their way across the Indian Ocean onto the plains of Africa.

—Richard Hammond Los Angeles

 

CORRECTION

In his article about arts funding during the state budget crisis (“Shipwrecked,” July 25–July 3) Steven Leigh Morris wrote that, in 1995, a $5 million allocation for the Museum of Tolerance amounted to about 10 percent of California Arts Council budget. Actually, according to CAC figures, that year’s state arts budget was $13.6 million (not $56 million, as Morris wrote), putting the museum’s allocation at more than 30 percent.


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