By Alan Prendergast
By Michael Roberts
By Michael Roberts
By Amber Taufen
By Patricia Calhoun
By William Breathes
By Michael Roberts
By Melanie Asmar
T and Sympathy
Regarding the August 8 Off Limits item about Peter Boyles, Wilma Webb and Mr. T: Throughout the radio interview on KTLK-AM, Peter Boyles addressed Wilma Webb respectfully as "Mrs. Webb," and Wilma Webb addressed Boyles condescendingly as "Peter." To get respect, you usually have to give it.
John W. Bowers
via the Internet
As a reader and an advertiser in Westword, I would like to let you know how I feel about the announced "boycott" of Westword and Jacor.
I heard the KTLK broadcasts that are supposed to have caused the boycott, and I have seen the caricature of Mrs. Webb/Mr. T that appeared in Westword. In my mind, these do not justify this type of response (or any at all) from the NAACP.
I am saddened that you have been accused of being racist. I don't recall any such complaints being made whenever Pat Schroeder was portrayed in caricature. I believe that this boycott is the result of being openly vocal in questioning certain things in the Denver political arena. I also believe that announcing the boycott on Thursday morning (after Westword went to press) was a typical political attack.
I am supportive of both Westword and KTLK on the grounds that what was said and done was not, in my mind, racist and that this is simply an attempt to get even for casting light on events that others would prefer remain hidden. No one should be playing the race card to settle what are obviously political scores.
While I won't argue with Mr. Gallo that Robin Williams's hyperkinetic comedy has grown old and tired, I do have to take him to task for comparing Coppola's Godfather trilogy to this particular tripe and, in doing so, must ask a question or two:
How many Oscars has Mr. Gallo won for feature film directing?
How many awards has Mr. Gallo won for screenwriting?
How many screenplays has Mr. Gallo sold? Are there any mainstream films or movies we, the Great Unwashed Masses, might have seen that bear Mr. Gallo's apparent cineliterary genius?
What are Mr. Gallo's credentials that allow him to nitpick at a talent such as Coppola? I would imagine they must be great and hefty, placing him in line with the likes of Bogdanovich, Welles and Graham Greene.
As I said, a question or two humbly submitted to the great and ever-so-important William Gallo, who no doubt at this moment is parting the Red Sea, finding a cure for AIDS and the common cold, and feeding the world's hungry with his unlimited powers.
Regarding Michael Paglia's "Reproduction Rites," August 15: Yes, Colorado's printmaking tradition could be rich, if only the print mavens such as Bud Shark of Boulder and Mark Lunning of Denver would rethink the question. I, too, saw the show Working Proof: 20 Years of Prints from Shark's Inc., and I agree that the quality of the prints was good. What is disturbing, however, are the extremely limited runs and the inclusion of monotypes. Every monotype is an abomination to the spirit of printmaking, no matter how it looks. Prints are for people--power to the people!
Let the aristocrats futz with the oh-so-precious paintings and sculptures; with prints, we have a way to overcome the obsession of the singular object. Consider how the prints of Albrecht Durer or the prints of Jose Guadalupe Posada or how the woodcuts of the Japanese functioned in the culture of their time, and see that Shark's Inc. of Boulder and Open Press of Denver have led us backward to square one, where art is the province of the wealthy only. The 3-D prints of Red Grooms--flat images that can be cut out and assembled into three-dimensional paper sculptures--are the sort of thing that used to be available to every kid in America on the backs of cereal boxes. That leads me to wonder about Bud Shark and Red Grooms driving up the prices: Is this a deliberate attempt to keep prints out of the hands of the populace?
It was quite out of line for the city of Morrison to charge $15 a head to stay in a campground. Most places charge $8 for a carload. It seems to me that the city of Morrison didn't do much to create a nice atmosphere for the show, and if you're wondering why people don't shower, it's most of the time because people won't let us use their showers. It's very expensive for hotel rooms, especially if you're on the road for many weeks at a time.
Then there are Roberts's opinions about the music--and especially the line in the story, "One desperate man even tries to sell me a somewhat dusty-looking cheese sandwich." Excuse me--there are a lot of people who make food on the lot to feed people who cannot have food at a restaurant. Roberts may be used to dining at five-star restaurants; not everyone can.