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Re Tom Robbinss The Clintons Grim Fairy Tales [January 2330]: I cannot tell you how disappointed I am to see The Village Voice become part of the attack on the Hillary campaign and Bill. The entire media establishment, underground as well as overground, is demeaning Hillarys pursuit of the presidency. Why are you doing this? Why are you playing this cowardly and silly anti-Hillary game, which is being played all over the media?
Los Angeles, California
TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE Please add two more chapters to The Clintons Grim Fairy Tales. Consider Hillary Clintons theme of being the first serious female candidate for president. Two Congress membersBrooklyns Shirley Chisholm in 1972 and Colorados Pat Schroeder in 1976preceded her on this journey. In addition, Bill Clinton served as Hillarys hit man with such quotes concerning Barack Obamas campaign qualifications as Youve got to be kidding me. Then he went on to congratulate Obama for being the first African-American candidate for president. Thats revisionist history: Chisholm and Jesse Jackson (1984) both preceded Obama.I would love to be a fly on the wall the next time Bill Clinton meets up with Jackson and tries to explain this most recent faux pas. It appears that the Clintons lust for power and for returning to the White House trumps reality and truth.
Great Neck, New York
Kudos to you for the work of Tom Robbins and Wayne Barrett [Rudys Alien Nation, January 1622] for exposing the darker sides of two wannabes for president. And Im not forgetting Tom Tomorrow for his continuing on-target exposure of all sides (for those who dont like to read too much).
YUP AND NOPE
Re Nathan Lees Cloverfield review, Douchebags, Run for Your Lives! [January 2329]: Better reviews have come from mine arse. Neo-yuppie? Sheesh.
Neo-yuppie or not, this review is better than the bullshit reviews at Rotten Tomatoes. Well done. A review that I found entertaining, finally. Fuck.
Seronies via e-mail
Reading through your 50th-anniversary salute to Nat Hentoff [Pissing People Off, January 915], I was surprised to see that in Hentoffs very first Voice column, in 1958, he called someone a little hippie. Wasnt this almost a full decade before the term hippie was officially coined? I guess Hentoff was just ahead of his time.
SAME OLD STORY
Re Christian Viveros-Faunés Great Building, Weak Show [December 511]: The new New Museum is an ivory tower. Literally. Sometimes a bright silver ivory tower, sometimes dingy, depending on the position of the sun. But all this talk of blending in with the surrounding tenements, warehouses, and supply businesses due to the stacked-block, off-kilter construction is balderdash. It sounds like an apologia created by in-house publicists and swallowed whole by the press and the chattering classes.
The museum is a temple of privilege, of scurrying trust-fund interns and breathless conversations in elevators. There is nothing working-class about it, the bare-boned concrete floors and fluorescent lights notwithstanding. It has much more in common with the newly constructed luxury apartment buildings hastily erected on the Bowery to cash in on a newly hip area just east of Nolita. Art remains the battering ram of real estate.
Re Tony Ortegas Editors Note [January 2329]: Its a real pity that Christian Viveros-Fauné has been suspended from his lively column. CVFs arguments were always a pleasure to read, even if one did not always agree with his assessments. Every so often, he would bravely go against the grain of the wearisome paeans that are routinely churned out by the art worlds self-serving critical apparatus. CVF juggled with problematic issues that most of us acknowledge but shy away from addressing publicly, from widespread but shoddy curatorial practices to the reverence for icons-become-hacks.
The reason given for CVFs oustingthat his job as promoter of two new art fairs creates a conflict of interest with his practice as an art criticis quite debatable. In the case of his writing, I cannot discern any suggestion, let alone evidence, that Viveros-Fauné the critic has skewed his published criticism in favor of one or another gallery in order to flatter either existing or potential clients of Viveros-Fauné the art-fair promoter. If anything, it has been the very opposite, since his reviews in the Voice have tended to focus on institutional exhibitions.
The whole affair is ultimately a regrettable loss for the Voice. Those of us who have enjoyed CVFs articles will be looking forward to finding them in a less parochial publication.
Re Chris Thompsons Ron Pauls Bloody Victory [January 915]: Actually, I was in the march; it was a lot of fun. It was something of a misconception that we stormed Orgrimmar with the intent of invadingit was just a mass suicide for fun all along. What we were doing was taking a grand tour of the game in march formation. There werent that many antiRon Paul duel challenges either, although there was plenty of yelling on open channels from politically unfocused players who didnt like the lag we generated with our massive numbers. Very fun, overall. Id do it again.
In response to a parenthetical remark in Lisa Katzmans review of Red Zion [In Memory of Myself [January 915]: She writes that the Soviet program to settle Jews in agricultural communes in the Crimea in the 20s served as a model for the Israeli kibbutz. But that is untrue and absurd. The Israeli kibbutz started with Dgania, on or about 1913, which even precedes the Russian Revolution of 1917. The Russian communes certainly did not serve as a model for the kibbutz.
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