Alicia Edwards
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Editor's note: Dan Savage, who is gay, created the "Dear Faggot" salutation--and asks that newspapers printing his column use it.

Welcome Home
Regarding Duane Derrek's January 14 letter about the JonBenet Trivia Challenge:

It's clear that he hasn't read Westword before. You folks have a penchant for dark and irreverent humor--a very refreshing thing in this world of anal political correctness. I'm going to let some people know about the challenge. You'll receive many letters of approval. You should be proud of yourselves.

I also just wanted to say how happy I was to see Westword online. I lived in Denver for twenty years before moving to Kentucky, and while in Denver, I never missed an issue of Westword. Your paper was sorely missed when I moved. I've found imitations of, but none as good as, the original Westword. I stumbled upon the Web site while doing a melancholy search of Denver.

Anyway, I'm home!
Charles Cusumano
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The Wrath of Khan
I have been meaning to write and tell you how much I've enjoyed Kyle Wagner's writing recently. Her review of BD's Mongolian Barbeque ("Here's Your Hat. What's Your Hurry?," January 14) was particularly good, and I liked reading all the related information in Mouthing Off. For those of us who can't get out as often as we'd like to, it's nice to live vicariously through Kyle. And I really appreciate the fact that she also gives us tips for how to re-create dishes at home! The recipes are a great addition. Thanks.

Helen Parks

We seem to have dined at two different BD's, since my experience with the restaurant was totally opposite to Kyle's. The waitstaff was extremely friendly and helpful. They gave us a quick overview of the concept and led us on our way, even giving us a personal favorite recipe (handwritten by the waiter to try on our next visit). The shrimp weren't minuscule, the rice wasn't clumpy (and even so, isn't Asian rice supposed to be clumpy and sticky?), and tortillas are by nature tasteless and chewy. My drink was frequently refilled, and the table was always being cleared of finished dishes.

Now, maybe this isn't exactly what the Mongolians did for their meals, but I had a fun dining experience at BD's and have recommended it on many occasions. I do know that I am not the only one who feels this way; my whole office enjoys BD's (we go there often for lunch). I think you need to re-evaluate this restaurant, or maybe just publish another opinion that may not agree with yours.

Kymley Parker
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Kyle Wagner's review of BD's was right on target. However, there are three more points I'd like to mention:

It's damn expensive for lunch. A minimum $7 meal cost, plus tax and tip, for one person is steep.

There's unneeded waitstaff. The customer does all the work--except for clearing plates and getting drinks--but still has to pay a tip.

The food bowls are tiny.
Overall, BD's is a huge disappointment.
Dale Reeves

Get Out!
Regarding Michael Roberts's review of Teletubbies: The Album, in the January 7 Playlist:

Apparently, the buzz in Britain has been that Teletubby "Tinky-Winky," the purple, purse-carrying, largest Teletubby with the "lambda" antenna, is gay (not the actors, necessarily--so far there have been two). There are even jokes to that effect now, and the Washington Post's "In/Out" list for 1999 "outs" Tinky-Winky, as a matter of fact. Any clues in the Teletubbies album (country-Western songs, etc.)?

As for Kenny Be's Owens family screen saver at www.westword.com: Don't you think Monica Owens strongly resembles actress Alicia Witt (Cybil)? If so, why not offer a real picture?

Steven Chostler
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Grave Reservations
In "Dancing on Her Grave," his December 24 review of Aunt Edith's Wake, Jim Lillie referred to Tony and Tina's Wedding. I remember that review. We already had tickets when I read it, and I thought we were in for an awful evening. To my surprise, the performance was fully audible. The size of the audience and arrangement of the tables was just like at a real wedding. The audience laughed throughout, and no one walked out. I saw it again a few months later and had the same experience. I should also mention that we enjoyed the acting and thought the style appropriate to the material.

Neither I nor my companions are novice theatergoers. My husband, in particular, has very high standards. So I wondered at Mr. Lillie's review and the negative capsule that kept running in Westword. In conversation with one of the people associated with the production, I mentioned what a long run the play was having and that the review didn't seem to be hurting it. I asked what production Mr. Lillie saw and learned that he really had seen a poor production, because he reviewed the play before it was ready.

Why they opened before they were ready I can only surmise. But didn't it ever occur to Mr. Lillie that a play that was so bad would have closed early--not run for months and months? I think Westword did a disservice to the theater-going public when you continued to run a review of a play that was not reflective of the play they would see--or would have seen had they not been warned off. Maybe Mr. Lillie should have seen it again.

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