Hilary Grisham

The play's the thing

Tired of reading Michael Feingold's complaints about theater being dull. If reviewers ignore invitations to shows with smaller budgets but that are often bolder and more provocative, then don't complain about being bored. It's not all dull—but it's not all being reviewed! Mr. Feingold, maybe you're just going to the wrong shows.

Karina Casiano
La Criatura Theatre Company
Montgomery, Alabama

Puff pieces

The Voice thinks it's cute to have all the childish caterwauling about New York's smoking ban throughout its "best of" listings [Best of NYC, October 18–24]. Wow, how '90s. The issue's long over, in this and many other cities, states, and countries that have implemented bans. These silly gripes just make the Voice look like it's written by kids—and kids from out of town at that.

But the history of advertising and journalism shows us that almost all publications that take tobacco ads refuse to tell their readers anything about smoking except how great it is—whether through ads or editorial copy.

Someday there will be a major investigative piece about the media's "professional courtesy" policy, detailing how much it has deprived the American public of a true knowledge of tobacco. But one thing's sure: We won't see that piece in the Voice, which for decades has shied away from real reporting on smoking. The Voice will never address the addiction and deaths of millions of people a year throughout the world—most heinously in developing nations—for fear of losing its place at tobacco's trough.

Gene Borio

I picked up the "best of" issue, curious to find out what the Voice chose for best jazz. Looking through the arts and entertainment section, I didn't find any jazz! And New York City is still probably the premier jazz town in the world.

Connie Crothers

Getting under their skin

I have given approval for my daughter to have the skin shock treatment provided at Judge Rotenberg Center ["School of Shock," by Jarrett Murphy, October 11–17]. I would rather have her get a two-second shock that will stop her from hurting herself or someone else than watch her be held down and restrained or drugged into a stupor. JRC is helping many families like mine and families in even worse situations to have hope for a future and a decent existence for their children. The "norm" does not work for our children. JRC does.

Linda Burke
Staten Island

I find nothing about shocking these vulnerable children to be acceptable. Other facilities all over the country manage to handle profoundly disabled children without hurting them.

The fallout of aversive therapies was not addressed, and quick fixes are never what they appear.

Becky Schultz
Golden Valley, Minnesota

Film editor wanted

We need someone with a deep, working knowledge of movies past and present, a passion for the form, and the skill and experience necessary to edit critics, assign reviews, and coordinate coverage of releases in 17 major American cities. The job requires high energy, a reader-oriented sensibility, and a commitment to provocative, entertaining criticism that informs, challenges, and excites a broad national audience. We're not looking for a film scholar or historian; we want an experienced, smart, witty, hardworking editor to produce coverage that appeals to the widest possible audience. Send us your résumé, a cover letter that explains your qualifications and philosophy, and any other relevant materials to:

David Blum
Editor in chief
The Village Voice

36 Cooper Square
New York, NY 10003

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