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Letter of the Week
I would like to complain about that article [La Dolce Musto, November 2228] that called Christine Ebersole, Kristin Chenoweth, Audra McDonald, Donna Murphy, and Debra Monk greedy whores! First of all, I don't think any of these women are in any way greedy. They are just actresses. Sure, people like, oh, say, Nicole Kidman may be considered greedy, but not those Broadway actresses. And they're not whores either! In terms of Kristin, just because she appears in a bikini on the cover of FHM doesn't mean she's a whore!
South Salem, New York
Don't dance around it
As a capoeirista in instructor Cotonete's class, I wondered what Elizabeth Velardi's agenda for complaint was truly about [Letter of the Week, November 29 December 5]. Instead of nitpicking that the Voice highlighted a specific capoeira class, she should be grateful for the attention this brings to the entire capoeira community. Perhaps the disgruntled reader should spend more time contributing to and learning about the art rather than creating petty competition between the schools. There are tons of schools with great teachers in the New York area, and I'm confident that the "Best Dance/Martial Arts Class" write-up mainly helped bring awareness about the art form.
Fuming with anger
Thank you for sharing the lives of the victims of the deadly, toxic air that surrounded the city after 9-11 and probably still does ["Death by Dust," Kristen Lombardi, November 29December 5]. My husband and I were in the city that day, not far from the site, and to this day we both have more frequent sinus problems, coughs, and related ailmentsand we were not directly at the site. You have to wonder what effect the air has had on the people who live in the area close to the site. You have to wonder about the effect it's having on the workers who are there now. It's frightening.
These men have been used and discarded by the American government, left to suffer with devastating cancers and other ailments. While they cannot reclaim their health, they deserve every red cent they can squeeze out of this class-action lawsuit, and more.
This is an excellent article, but there is no mention of the possible health effects on the people of New York City, not just the first-response emergency workers, but regular people who live, work, and breathe in Manhattan, who were exposed to the dust, chemicals, and toxic smoke in the air over the weeks and months following the pulverization of the towers. What do you think might be the result of that kind of exposure?
Corrales, New Mexico
So now, five years later, someone is beginning to connect the dots in Man- hattan. Namely, you all got nuked on 9-11. Mini nuclear/thermite devices most probably brought the towers down.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Run for it, Musto!
I normally find Mr. Musto's column amusing, but I was really appalled by it recently [La Dolce Musto, November 2228]. It's one thing to be clever, but it's another thing to be downright insulting. To call the women who will possibly be nominated for a Tony "greedy whores" is uncalled-for. He should hope that none of their husbands or fathers read that! Mr. Musto obviously does care if he offends readers, and his column is certainly not geared to serious readersand least not woman readers. Well, you lost the respect of this woman reader, and Mr. Musto's lost a book sale. Now all he has to worry about are those husbands!
A lady reader
What would Borat do?
After reviewing your review of The Nativity Story ["Passion of the Christ: A Very Special Episode," Scott Foundas, November 29December 5], all I can say is, you just don't get it. Maybe you think everyone should be content to get their inner man satisified by Borat. In the big scheme of things, now there's a real yawn. Sometimes you just need more!
Westwood, New Jersey
Thanks for the Nashvile review revisited ["A Critics' Duet," Andrew Sarris & Molly Haskell, November 29December 5]. Nashville was my obsession. The last time I saw it was at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco six years ago. It was almost like Rocky Horror, with sing-alongs, clapping, and roaring laughter. This was the way to see the film. It was Shelley Duvall's L.A. Joan that seemed to draw the most appreciation from the audience. Alas, with the death of Robert Altman, waiting for the next film is over. What an extreme void.
Overland Park, Kansas
Thanks so much for publishing the Sarris/ Haskell dialogue. I love Nashville and was happy to be reminded of the thoughtful, enlightening comments of these great film critics.
How wonderful to read the vintage Andrew Sarris and Molly Haskell piece in your film section. How sickening to realize that, were they on the staff of the new Voice, they'd be axed like so many other great writers. Shame, you philistines!