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Furthermore, I definitely was not cheering for my "lost youth," because my youth is not lost. I don't know where Roberts's bitterness comes from, but it is possible to be mature and still love music that you loved a decade or more ago without denouncing or rationalizing it. (Obviously, Roberts must agree with that if he still likes Bonnie Raitt and Willie Nelson--and I definitely agree on that.) Growing older does not have to mean growing cynical, close-minded and/or washed up. Bauhaus obviously believes this, and as long as there are people out there who enjoy the band's music, what's the problem?

Lisa Persian-Wolf
Springfield, Illinois

Correction
Jack Boulware's story "The Kerouac Obsession," published in the August 13 Westword, incorrectly claimed that Gerald Nicosia spoke so long at an award ceremony that a reception had to be canceled; actually, the reception was held. The story also contended that Mr. Nicosia once wore a T-shirt with the words "Kerouac vs. Sampas" on it; Mr. Nicosia says no such shirt existed, and we believe him. In addition, the story incompletely described Mr. Nicosia's relationship to the estate of Jan Kerouac. In his role as literary executor, Mr. Nicosia is to receive 10 percent of any income generated from Jan Kerouac's literary estate as a result of publications, sales or licensing arrangements negotiated by Mr. Nicosia. Westword regrets the errors.

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