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 Graham Rayman's 'Rikers Fight Club' [February 4–10]: I was assaulted four years ago while a guest on Rikers Island. It occurred between the murder of two other detainees, so I consider myself lucky. The corrections officers on Rikers were, for the most part, the most incompetent, foul bastards I have ever encountered. This comes from a person who had his jaw broken by a Latin King he had never met.
Oh, and by the way, I was in protective custody because of threats from a gang member in charge of our unit. If I believed in God, I would pray that the most horrible pain, disgrace, and indignities would happen to each and every member of the scumbag staff on Rikers and their offspring. As for Mr. Horn, he should spend some time in shackles and perhaps gain an appreciation for his inhumane choice for earning a living. He is lower than human waste and a prostitute by any standard.
Breaking the bankers
Re James Lieber's 'Up in Smoke: What Cooked the World's Economy?' [January 28–February 3]: I am an ex-banker. I left the field just as deregulation was endorsed by Ronald Reagan. I knew that my responsibilities as a corporate lender were going to become so murky that there wasn't enough Courvoisier to settle my nerves.
I have suspected for quite some time that "bundled assets" had been insured multiple times, and since no one bothered to question what was in the bundles, who cared if they had been sold ad infinitum!? Thank you for saying what I couldn't say. I was simply a banker with excellent instincts back in the day.
Thank you so much! I have been telling my husband for almost a year now that subprime mortgages could not have solely devastated the world economic market.
So Levin, Rubin, Paulson, Greenspan, and Bill Clinton are the guilty parties? Why did Obama hire so many of these thieves? Why did he put Clinton's wife two bullets away from the presidency? As with the 9/11 Commission, Clintonistas are getting into decision- and policy making capacities to protect their hides. Will Obama put Jamie Gorelick on the commission investigating Fannie and Freddie?
It's extremely doubtful that any Democratic supporter will get subpoenaed.
Regarding the "bailout/TARP" program, here's a simple analogy: The biggest gamblers in the world discovered the game was fixed, but because the corporatocracy insists on continuing to try to convince us that the game is not fixed, those big gamblers are being paid off for their losses. That is why they will not tell us who got the money.
Get a job, Caroline
Re Tom Robbins's 'New Senator, New Scandal' [January 28 –February 3]: I'm glad that a real politician got the Senate seat, instead of another rich dilettante—better a congresswoman who earned her position than one of the Upper East Side's "ladies who lunch"! Perhaps Caroline Kennedy can go out and get an actual job (McDonald's is hiring! And UPS always needs truck loaders!) before she tries to be a senator!
All in good taste
Regarding Michael Musto's 'Sacre Blue!' [February 4–10], which contained a quote attributed to Tony Curtis that Marilyn Monroe's "pussy tasted like champagne": I wouldn't believe one word that Tony Curtis has to say about Marilyn Monroe. His stories about her change constantly. As for Marilyn, in her last interview (the great one, with Life), she wouldn't even refer to Curtis by name.
Queens is the ticket
The answer to 'Brother, Can You Spare $12?' [J. Hoberman, February 4–10] may be found in Douglaston, Queens, where the recently renovated state-of-the-art Movie World at Douglaston has full-size screens showing the same first-run movies available in Manhattan—and for a lot less money.
Contrary to popular myth, there is culture and entertainment outside of Manhattan.