Letters to the Editor

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I'll be 32 this summer. I was raised in Colorado Springs, and due to my life's demographic/geographic location, was raised on both The Real World and the legends of Denver. We would sneak up here in high school to see what the "big city" was all about. In the early '90s, we small-town Springs kids were often warned of the drugs, prostitution and gang violence that occurred on every street in downtown Denver! Of course, our forbidden high school adventures didn't reveal these dangers, but rather a city far more exciting and interesting than our own. I remember walking down Market Street one night to see the future home of Coors Field: "They're gonna put a stadium where!?" The urban area was lifeless, but not quite dead.

So after moving to Denver in 1999 after living in California for a few years, I was amazed at what I found on this very same street. Now in my mid-twenties, newly married and with a fancy new cell phone full of friends' numbers, LoDo was our playground. Every Saturday night it was Gigglin' Grizzly for cheap beer, then on to El Chapultepec for beer and jazz, then on to LoDo's so my single friends could find themselves an attractive woman to reject them...repeatedly. We always had a good time, and we never witnessed more violence than your average bar fight. Sadly, my group grew up and grew apart. When I met some old friends down at El Chapultepec in the summer of 2004, I could tell that both the media and the police were probably sensationalizing the issue. But the damage had already been done, and the vibe just wasn't as fun and, um, vibrant.

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.

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