Readers hate/love Christo
Westword seems to have this bizarre blind spot: You either get nine-dollar burger joints or places with twenty-dollar foie gras appetizers, like twelve. If I eat out, my cutoff point is usually the twenty-dollar entree — unless it is a pretty darn special event.
How about reviewing good food your actual readers might enjoy instead of writing to impress people who would probably not be seen in public with a copy of Westword?
My husband and I were excited to try twelve when it opened, and have been there a few times. We were always amazed by the food and cocktails, and overlooked the bad service. However, each time we went, we were slightly more irritated that they hadn't gotten it together yet. We kept recommending it to foodie friends, and then after they tried it, they would report back that the food was good, but not good enough that they would go back again — given the terrible service. We went last winter with another couple; we had reservations, but the people at our reserved table lingered over coffee for an hour past our reservation time! We sat at the bar and had two rounds of (not cheap) cocktails and decided to just have a good time and wait. After our hour wait (eight pricey cocktails between the four of us), our waiter seated us without an apology or a single comped drink! Then we proceeded to get the same indifferent service and delicious food as always.
I'm glad Laura had a good meal at the bar with good service (which is probably much easier to get), but until I hear from someone that table service is vastly improved, we are taking our business to one of the many Denver restaurants that have both excellent food and excellent service.
In this column, Michael Paglia writes: "...but most of the opposition is made up of people who simply don't like art in general, and Christo in particular." This may be the worst "reporting" I've read in a publication. Regardless of Paglia's obvious bias and broad-brush assumption, there is little to no rational reasoning explored for the opposition.
Far from the egomaniac that Christo has frequently been branded as, the artist creates works of ultimate democracy. In fact, I would challenge anyone to name a more democratic artist. Christo's work is free for anyone to experience. As I witnessed firsthand in New York in 2006, Christo's work is transforming. In the Colorado setting, it will enhance human understanding and appreciation of the environment.
I hope upon hope that the BLM understands its role and allows Christo's beautiful gift to be constructed.
I have to say that the story about Kristen Stillman was amazing. I think this may have been the most moving article I have ever read, and this story definitely changed my life. I could not believe that things like this were happening in Denver so recently. I'm thirty years old, and this story brought tears to my eyes as I read it at my local bar. Thank you for exposing this and for letting people know that people do recover from terrible situations.
I don't know what else to say but keep it up: Patricia Calhoun is a great writer.
Patricia Calhoun responds: The story of Kristen Stillman continues to attract unprecedented attention – and offers to help. For information on how to do that, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.