I have always admired Tom Tomorrow, but his strip on Alan Greenspan [September 26October 2] is truly brilliantso much so that I think the Voice should nominate him for a Pulitzer Prize. In six squares, he pinned down (almost) every flaw, every distortion, every self-serving statement that the "Great Man" ever made. Please nominate him, and let me know if I can do anything to start this process. Also, let's evacuate our troops from Iraq now!
YOU WERE SAYING?
Wayne Barrett's cover story 'North by Northwest to Albany' [October 39] uses a cute double-meaning title. However, if I'm not mistaken, Albany is further east than New York City, according to a few websites I consulted. I believe your idea was that Eliot Spitzer was running from New York City to Albany. What's your opinion on this point?
NO HABLA ESPAÑOL, BRO
Re Gustavo Arellano's 'Special Half-Breed Edition' [September 1925]: Ask a Mexican!? Come on! No native speaker of Spanish would ever say "muchos many responses," since muchos already means "many."
Rob Harvilla, "presumably" from his article 'Why Can't This Be Love?' [September 26October 2] on Van Halen, is nothing more than a pompous, self-absorbed windbag. He has no business trying to figure out why thousands of people want to go and see Van Halen, any more than I'm going to waste more of my time trying to read what he thinks is an amusing and clever (not) take on what he thinks he saw and can interpret at the concert. Blah, blah, blahget over yourself!
Harvilla's article on Van Halen was dead on the money. It's an accurate description of the history of the group that hones in on the feelings of Van Halen fans since losing Roth in '85. Harvilla pretty much summed it all up in one short, terrific article.
DROPPIN' THE HAMMER
Rob Harvilla's 'Jovial Metalheads on the Open Sea' [September 511 ] on Clutch is badassit hit the nail right on the head. I'm interviewing Neil Fallon for a Worcester publication this week, and I've been doing all the research I can. Being a ginormous Clutch fan myself, this particular writer really caught the essence and energy of Clutchfrom writer to writer, I extend my praises on a job well done.
I read Chloé A. Hilliard's story 'Xenu Goes Uptown' [September 1218] about Scientology in Harlem and I don't think there are many stories that come close to being as unprofessional as this one when it comes to fact-finding and reporting objectively. It is obvious that this is yet another attempt by the drive-by media to try to discredit what is otherwise a very contributive and valuable member of our societyespecially to try to turn one belief against another by writing how L. Ron Hubbard spoke of Christ in a bad manner, which is also not factual. If you want to sell newspapers or increase circulation, research why the Church of Scientology is so often attacked and by whom. When you discover whom the church is hurting by helping people, then you will find out where the attacks originate from. Until then, stop contributing to that which hurts our communities and start helping those who are actually trying to help create a better future for everyone.
MAN ON THE STREET
Thank you for Nat Hentoff's story on the NYPD 'Protecting Police Against Complaints,' [October 39]. I am very familiar with Nat's writing on national and international issues, but it is impressive to see that he is current on local matters as well. And no, I am not his mother.
Re Christian Viveros-Fauné's 'Kid's Nation' [September 26October 2]: I wanted to make a minor correction to Viveros-Fauné's mention of my work. Most of the paintings were executed on custom-made wooden supports, though a few were done on store-bought stretchers. This would appear a minor point, but when one's work is scrutinized and written about, as mine was, it does tend to bring into question one's competence in making critical judgments when the particulars regarding works of art do not seem to be very carefully appraised.
PLAY IT WRIGHT
It's high time I paid my compliments to Voice contributor Alexis Soloski, whose witty summaries of current Broadway and Off-Broadway offerings have become one of my favorite features in your paper. Maybe Soloski should try writing a play. I bet she could write a better one than most of the ones that she writes about.
Re Louisa Tucker's 'You Don't Know Jack: The Stunning Comeback of Electroshock and Other Harrowing Treatments for the Mentally Ill' [September 10-17]: I'm a little bit dismayed by Colleen Kelly's belief that there exists some kind of biogenetic cure for the elimination of depression. What I find even more troubling are the so-called experts who have convinced her that such a thing is possible so they can have a willing guinea pig to experiment on. As long as there is poverty, homelessness, unemployment, war, racism, etc., there will always be depression. We may be able to enhance our capacity to cope with depression, which is a good thingbut I think it both foolish and dangerous to propose that we can eliminate and abolish depression. Is there a biogenetic cure for the elimination of hatred, racism, lying, stealing, and killing? I wonder how many willing guinea pigs the experts would need?
Thank you for putting out the truth about psychiatry's exploitation of sad cases. Dr. Lisanby's comment on the failure of VNS ("It's a mysterywe simply don't know") and Dr. deLotbiniere's comment on DBS ("It is not understood how DBS works") sum it up.
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