Letters to the Editor

From the week of June 8, 2006

The Real World was huge to me when it first came out, it and gave my young life yet another taste of big-city life outside of Colorado Springs. Over the years, I've grown out of the target demographic, and the show has gone from an introspective look at different walks of life to a Spring Break/Springer episode fueled by a stereotypical, formulaic drunkfest. So I haven't really watched in three or four seasons.

Now my two former infatuations have come together! Now what's old is new again! My small, sleepy Denver (D-town, for the hipsters) is no longer acres of empty warehouses. It is now acres of hip lofts and empty-headed sorority girls trying to sleep with "the cute one" from The Real World. Our little city is now officially "worthy."

Dave Lash

Their Story Is Our Story

Nothing lost in translation: I enjoyed reading Juliet Wittman's critique of my play Masked ("Band of Brothers," May 25). I haven't seen the production, but I'm sure Ami Dayan did a great job.

As for the question raised in the review, whether Palestinian audiences have seen it: Well, many did, from Israel and territories. Most of them were moved and thrilled by the fact that an Israeli writer could write it, some of them didn't believe it was by an Israeli author, and some felt that they should have written it. Nobody ever complained about my right to write "their story" -- maybe because their story is our story, and the other way around.

Moreover, the Arab theater of Jaffa, Al-Saraya, translated it to Arabic and produced a very impressive show that runs nowadays in Israel, alongside a Hebrew production.

Ilan Hatsor
Binyamina, Israel

The Royal We

Soaring achievement: I just wanted to tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed Jason Sheehan's review of the Royal Peacock ("Wedded Bliss," June 1). From a person who rarely reads an entire article, but instead skims or passes over long articles to read the captions, he captured my attention immediately. Utilizing a personal story with the experience of dinner was brilliant. I not only read the entire review, I am planning when I can go to the Royal Peacock this week. Great review!

Cathy Schuberth

Dig in! Without a doubt, Jason Sheehan is one of the best food critics/writers I have read. I dig into every column. His love of food is wonderful and contagious. In fact, it has encouraged me to try foods that I would never dream of trying.

Keep up the incredible writing, Jason. You have one avid reader looking forward to your next article!

Michelle Smithson

Love, Indian style: Just when I thought Jason Sheehan's stuff couldn't get any better, he came up with the Royal Peacock. My wife and I love Indian as wellŠ I can taste the cucumber and beer right now.

Scott Curtis

Long-distance relationship: I became interested in Jason Sheehan's writing when I heard his ode to the pleasures of barbecue on NPR's "This I Believe" on Memorial Day. Since then, I have enjoyed reading a number of his older food columns online -- even though I may never get to any of the restaurants featured. (I am, however, making a list of the ones I think my family would most enjoy, so that when we visit my nephew in Silverton we may give some of them a try.) I have always thought the best cookbooks were those that were as enjoyable to read as to use as a cooking guide; I suppose I feel the same about food columns. I don't have to actually go to a restaurant to enjoy reading about it.

Louise Turner
Fort Smith, Arkansas

Follow your bliss: "Wedded Bliss" is probably the finest restaurant review I've ever read. I just wanted to drop a line and say that.

I've read Jason Sheehan's stuff while I've been living in San Francisco the past few years, basically because I was always curious to see what was happening food-wise back in Colorado. I've been a big fan of Jason from the beginning of his stint at Westword. He brings so much more to the table, both as a writer and as a conveyor of information and opinion, than just about any food writer I can readily identify.

I was in the car on Memorial Day with my wife when his NPR segment was played. When they were introducing him, I turned up the volume and told my wife, "You've got to listen to this. This guy is awesome." While we're both no mammals/no birds eaters, the segment on BBQ didn't disappoint.

We're about to move back to Denver, and absolutely looking forward to becoming more familiar with his work and the joints it takes us to.

Peter Heller
San Francisco, California

Editor's note: Last summer, Jason Sheehan was contacted by National Public Radio to record a variation of his "Believe It" review of Big Papa's, originally published in the May 12, 2005, issue, for the "This I Believe" series. Originally scheduled for last Labor Day, Sheehan's NPR piece was bumped by coverage of Hurricane Katrina and held for another suitably barbecue-ish holiday. It finally aired on Memorial Day, and is still available -- along with essays by Colin Powell, Penn Jillette, Studs Terkel and Albert Einstein, although none of them are talking about barbecue -- at www.NPR.org. Just click on the "This I Believe" logo on the right-hand side of the page.

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