Rolf Norstog

Yes, I heard Antonia Brico conduct, and she was without doubt the finest conductor ever to appear in Denver in my lifetime (this includes the one-night stands by the New York Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony). They were bigger machines, more powerful, technologically top of the line, but Brico was a better conductor. Antonia Brico conducted Beethoven as if he were a genius rather than a raging neurotic. I guess I have too much "European" in my bones. I remember the first time I heard Galli-Cursi on my Grandmother's 78 and the day I bought Bryden Thomson's Nielsen symphonies. And I remember Antonia Brico. I haven't been to a DSO concert in fifteen years. Am I missing something? I don't think so. Are they missing something? Ya.

Name withheld on request

Radio Daze
Oh, my God, I absolutely have to agree with Michael Roberts's summation of radio in Denver (Feedback, November 1). I have a repetitive, stupid and pointless job, and the only thing that makes it even passably bearable is a set of headphones. Alas, the radio soundscape is about as lush as the surface of the moon. It seems like such a simple thing--all this town needs is a station with a little more guts than the current incarnations of KTCL and without the repetition (All Pearl Jam, All the Time!) and annoying DJs of 92X. But then, I guess I'm just the world's first nursing-school student/marketing genius (snort!).

Of course, I could always quit my job and set myself up on the corner of 20th and Vine with a sign that reads "Honk for an end to religious fascism."

Kristine Santopietro

The Hard Cell
Regarding Karen Bowers's "Hard Time," in the October 25 issue:
Weightlifting contests? Blow-drying hair? Double-bunking with the human equivalent of a saber-toothed tiger?

Seems to me these thugs can keep in shape by making little rocks out of big ones; their hair care should consist of a shaved skull; and Mr. Gray should be encouraged to trim down to a sleek 140 pounds for his own health and everyone else's. In the meantime, his warden can bunk with him.

John Koenig

Marking Time
M.S. Mason was right on the mark in the October 25 "The Political Arena," her review of Jane Martin's Keely and Du.

However, she neglected to mention the additional irony at the end of the play, when jailer becomes prisoner.

Lois Sherry

NIN Such Luck
Regarding Michael Roberts's "Outside Looking In," in the October 25 issue:
I would like to say that Michael Roberts is my favorite writer at Westword. I agree with almost every article he writes! I was at the David Bowie/NIN concert on October 16, and I completely agree with Roberts's remarks about the show. I did want to make one observation, though. I went to the show primarily to see Bowie, since I am a complete Bowiephile. I am 24, and I was impressed at the number of other Bowie fans at the concert who were my age or younger. Most of the "black-lipsticked crowd" that I was with was there to see Bowie (as well as NIN). Not all of us were ignorant (David who?) teenagers who just came to jump around in the mosh pit. To the "black-lipsticked crowd," Bowie is considered to be the granddaddy of moody, gothic rock, and it was exhilarating to see him joining forces with the best underground band of the Nineties, NIN.

Lisa Diedrick

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