By Alex Distefano
By Scott Snowden
By Anna Merlan
By Steve Almond
By Jena Ardell
By Jon Campbell
By Alan Scherstuhl
By Tessa Stuart
AT LEAST THEY WEREN'T EATING DOUGHNUTS Re Mark Schwarzfeld's 'Getting Out of Dodge'[February 612]: Both of these people should never have been hired as cops.
Bonsignore, the worse of the two, apparently feels that her social life is more important than the job that she is paid to do. Her function, as a cop, is not to just answer calls from the dispatcher, but to also keep her goddamn eyes open, looking at the people on the streets. The fact that she uses the time instead to chat on her cell phone with her friends is indicative of where this woman's head is at.
Her total inattention to her surroundings could be a major contributing factor as to getting both her partner and herself seriously injured or killed during their tour of duty. The NYPD should do both the community and itself a favor and get rid of this officer.
DAZE OF INFAMY
Re Wayne Barrett's 'We Come to Bury Rudy' [February 612]: It was good to see this slimeball leaving the race with his tail between his legs. Says something about the current GOP field that he was a top contender for so long. Now maybe he can join Bernie Kerik at a Mulberry Street "social club," or at Scores.
I only pray that McCain makes Rudy his vice-president!
GIVE US THIS DAY YOUR DAILY BREAD
TAKING THE OFFENSIVE
Re J. Hoberman's 'Kill One for the Gipper' [January 30February 5]: Since when is it OK to use "gook" ("jabbering gook boss") as a way to describe Asians? Last I knew, this was an ethnic slur. Way to go, Voice. Ignorance runs rampant in your ranks.
As an Asian-American, I find it offensive that the author of the Rambo movie review used a derogatory term when referring to an Asian character. I understand The Village Voice's hipster-journalism reputation and its writers' penchant for using corresponding language. However, if the writer wished to display wit, he could've done it another way.
I also understand that the writer probably meant no offense. However, despite what John McCain wants us to think, the G-word is just as offensive as the N-word.
Re Maria Luisa Tucker's Ellis Gallagher story, 'Drawn and Quartered' [January 30February 5]: Look, I am all for art in every last one of its forms and incarnations, and at the outset of this article, I was all for this particular artist as well.
While his medium is not original (there is another brilliant artist doing three-dimensional sidewalk art in Europe, shadows and all), it is still highly entertaining and appealing to the eye. So, yeah, I was all up in arms over the oppression of art by a police department. But then I read further and got to the litigious intentions of the artist.
C'mon, guy! Suing for whatexactly? You were breaking the law. You are supposed to embrace the vandal in you. You are carrying a mighty bright torch while walking in the footsteps of such giants as Basquiat and Haring. Act accordingly, homeboy.
Nicely written article to remind us of how truly free we are.
Ellis makes ugly drawings. He has no eye for art. No talent. No feeling for it at all. His stuff is offensive, not because it's transgressive, which it isn't, but because it's ugly and lame. He should have his little thumbs chopped off.
I live in the nabe, and I wash his stuff away whenever I can.
Re Julianne Shepherd's Vampire Weekend article, 'Please Ignore This Band'[January 3February 5]: I am all for bands being radical and politically/socially engaged, and all that good stuff. But since when did this determine what a band was worth?
ONCE UPON A TIME . . .
Re Tony Ortega's Editor's Note [January 2329]: I mean, it's good that the Voice has gotten rid of Viveros-Faun, but remember the excellent days at the Voice when Gary Indiana was writing? God, it seems like modernism, those days. Oy.
WILLIE OR WON'T HE?