Last week I read the great review of the Queers' Pleasant Screams by Metal Mike Saunders ["God Only Knows My Butt," August 6]. As a fan of the band, I was surprised to see the review, considering the album had come out over three months ago. I started thinking of buying the album and investigated further. It was then that I saw that Metal Mike had written one of the songs on the album ("Tic Tic Toc"). This conflict of interest was not clearly mentioned in the article, and I'm a bit disappointed in the Voice for not catching it.
Re the book review "Bearing Witness" [August 13]: David Mills's confession in June Jordan's honor touched me. It was a small act, but a profound read. More people should be courageous in such small acts. The next step is apologizing to that woman for making her endure his pain. But besides that, the tribute to Jordan was beautifully written: "Read her words, risk your own unveiling." Thanks.
Kyra D. Gaunt,
Professor of Ethnomusicology
New York University