Letter of the Week

Adam's apple

Tricia Romano's "The Next Brooklyns" [July 28-August 3] was terrific and important. There need to be more stories about the deteriorating New York City art world. As a visual artist, I feel outpriced and incapable of surviving in post-9-11 New York, and I question why I should stick around for an increasingly generic, Friends- style city that doesn't support its young artists. This city is losing the culture that made it special and replacing it with Starbucks, Subways, and homes for the super-rich.

I want more like this from the Voice in addition to your excellent political coverage. Keep up the good work.

Adam Novak

Laughter in Scotland

Re John Powers's "Bush's Big Number Two" [July 21-27]: It's been years since I've read such a well-written piece. If only the rest of the world could learn from Powers. I love the imagery—always potent, always incisive, but never inappropriate or excessive. My favorite part was when Powers writes, "He's the military-industrial complex made flesh." I'm still laughing!

Chris Tolworthy
Caithness, Scotland

New York state of mindful talent

Re Tricia Romano's "The Next Brooklyns" [July 28-August 3]:

I find it hard to believe that the city is fading when it comes to electronica and dance. Despite the fact that we are hit with stinky laws and overbearing rules, DJs still make their way to New York from all parts of the world. As a matter of fact, this past June and July were storming months for the likes of many headliners that have graced the tables in New York: Tiesto, Oakey, PVD, Sasha, Armin, and also up-and-comers like Zabiela and Levelle. There are events now that run during the summer—Central Park's SummerStage and Cooper-Hewitt's Summer Sessions —that featured Josh Wink recently. How is this bad? Inflation is bound to happen, but the talent is still there—or shall I say here, in New York City.

Jason Napolitano
Bayside, Queens

Tricia Romano replies: All the names listed are huge, international DJs who play massive events that charge over $25 to attend (even the Central Park gig is pricey), and they are not the ones who form the backbone of the local dance music scene. Small clubs and bars that feature the local DJs are what makes the local scene strong and keeps things interesting.

The local DJs are usually the ones who push more forward-thinking music, while the big DJs—because they are playing to the masses—must play less exciting stuff.

Soul wane

Re James Ridgeway's "Walking the Planks" [Mondo Boston, July 28-August 3]:

Does Ridgeway really believe what he is writing, or is he just a left-wing propagandist, much like James Carville? He and the other reviewers of the DNC seem to be desperate to get a grasp on some new life in the planks of the platform. They are certainly not alone—I see the same problem with the RNC. Both parties seem to have lost their souls.

Darryl Malcolm
Blairstown, New Jersey

Moore, please

Re "Walking the Planks": I like the part about Michael Moore's most recent docu-fiction being the replacement for the party platform. Here's another suggestion. Let M.M. do the ads for the Kerry campaign. He could star in some of them. I can see him sneaking onto the Bush ranch and running up to the Satanic Liar with a question about why the twins have not been put in a combat unit in Iraq. Of course, the body-block and handcuffing would all be on film. This would certainly convince swing voters to choose Kerry. And after his incalculable contribution to victory, why not M.M. for Kerry's secretary of state?

Christopher Garbacz
Flora, Missouri

Green journalism

Re Richard Goldstein's "Dust Raking" [Press Clips, July 28-August 3]:

Michael Petrelis has it all wrong. The real problem with journalists is what they do while they're at work, not in their spare time.

Instead of making rules against employees contributing money to politicians, newspapers should require their journalists to ask politicians tough questions and write hard-hitting stories about them—and forbid kissing their asses and reprinting their press releases.

Reporters should be judged on the quality of their work, not what they do with their money. If they were, a lot more of them would be looking for jobs in other fields.

Andrew Miller
Little Italy

Bad revision

Re George Smith's "Pick Hacks" [July 28-August 3]:

Bad Religion are a consistently exceptional punk band renowned for their political, social, and environmental insight in the form of punk music. The Empire Strikes First is a masterpiece of punk and politics. Clearly Smith didn't bother to trouble himself with anything more than a cursory listen before writing this article. The article is vague, arrogant, and extremely brief—plus he insults the band.

Molly Alarcon
Mill Valley, California

Campbell's? Oops

Smith begins his review of Bad Religion's The Empire Strikes First by claiming, "Greg Graffin writes a banner song . . . I think he knew 'Los Angeles Is Burning' would stick out." He describes this song as "like something you'd expect from Tom Petty's Heartbreakers," with "a lyrical solo played by someone imitating Mike Campbell."

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