By Alex Distefano
By Scott Snowden
By Anna Merlan
By Steve Almond
By Jena Ardell
By Jon Campbell
By Alan Scherstuhl
By Tessa Stuart
Re Maria Luisa Tucker's 'A Hillary Hijacking' [January 30 February 5]: What Ms. Tucker fails to grasp is that Clinton's appearance brought much more attention to the event than if she hadn't been there. In fact, the organizers should be grateful that Clinton asked to appear. Also missing from the article is the fact that they could have refused Clinton.
By the way, a women's bathroom is the perfect place to take the political pulse only when they agree with you. When they do not, it is only a place to go to the bathroom.
Re Michael Musto's 'Black People Revive the Great White Way' [January 2329]: That blacks are making an onslaught on Broadway's Great White (as in "Aryan") Way is overhyped. All it proves is that black actors and producers play it as safe as others (whites). Meaning, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Come Back Little Sheba are already known book, movie, and Broadway successesand by white authors.
Yes, this is real high-risk theater art and avant-garde work by black thespiansduh! They also play the race card/playbill by making all the roles black. That should guarantee The New York Times's giving them a good review. Now if they can just find a way to bring a politically correct Birth of a Nation to Broadway or a Harlem-shtetl, all-black Fiddler on The Roof with Bill Cosby playing Tevye, they're in!
Re 'Editor's note' concerning Christian Viveros-Faun [January 2329]: You have made a mistake. The critic you fired wrote one of the best reviews I've read on the opening of the New Museum ['Great Building, Weak Show,'December 511]. Along with the excitement generated by this new building and its inaugural show, I was overwhelmed to read a review that so thoughtfully and with great style took apart the exhibition. The two together felt nuclear. You have dropped the ball, as they say, and one can only imagine what might have been: the Voice once again being home to a critic worth waiting a week for. At least we have a museum that will stick its head out.
You, with your misguided effort to stick by the rules, have asserted your position in contemporary New York as a minor newspaper with a somewhat-less-than-Time Out listing service. Mediocrity is the name of your game. Your saving grace is Mr. Musto.
DON'T HOLD YOUR BREATH
Re Chris Thompson's 'NYPD Seeks an Air Monitor Crackdown for New Yorkers'[January 1622]: I'll give up my Geiger counter when Christie Whitman and George W. Bush are put in jail for life for lying about the air quality after 9/11 (and tons of other things).
DON'T CRY FOR ME, HERZEGOVINA
Re Robert Sietsema's 'Big Balkan Burger'[January 915]: Great article about Bosnian cafés. I have just one remark: It's not Bosnia; it's Bosnia-Herzegovina. People in BiH don't like to hear or see only "Bosnia."
Re Tristan Taormino's 'Porn: Now Even More Surreal' [Pucker Up, January 30 February 5]: I was present at the AVN Awards when Jenna made her now- famous "I will never spread my legs for this industry again" remark. I bore witness to the aftermath at Jay Grdina's table, and I saw quite a different scene: one large, lone friend patting Jay on the back to console him, assuring him there will be other ways for him to earn money in the future. It was far from the "flood of people" described by your writer. I wonder how many other parts of her article are exaggerated or imagined?
Susan Yannetti Los Angeles, California
As a general rule, I have no problem with those public-service-announcement posters lining the interior of subway carsthe ones that tell you to watch your step, or to be sure to collect all your belongings.
But the other day, I saw a subway poster advocating behavior that I find reprehensible. This poster showed a photograph of a folded newspaper placed under a subway seat, with a caption reading: "Bad news! It doesn't matter what paper you read, its language or viewpoints. Please put it in a trash can; that's good news for everyone."
Here's the problem with this advice: A newspaper does not become trash just because someone has read it already. It's not like a used paper coffee cup, good only one time through. As long as a day lasts (and sometimes even past that), the day's newspaper remains relevant.
Personally, I often leave newspapers on the subway. I do it as a favor to whomever may come along after me. I assume others will enjoy finding my cast-off papers because I enjoy finding theirs. I don't subscribe to a daily paper because it costs money, and I am ridiculously closed-fisted. So when I find a newspaper on the subway, it's like I've gotten a little gift for free. Until I saw this PSA poster, it never occurred to me that leaving a newspaper on a subway could be anything other than a favor to strangers.