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Week of March 12, 2003

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New Girl on the (Chopping) Block

She's a pretentious pinhead! Please inform your food critic, Meredith Brody, that her long-winded and pretentious musings about German photographer August Sander's "ambitious, not to say quixotic" work has absolutely nothing to do with any of the restaurants being reviewed [Eat, Feb. 26]. I don't think I've encountered such pompous writing for ages. I guess I'm supposed to be awed by her insights into German culture and her habit of taking in classic French movies at the Castro, but really, all I wanted to know was if I should eat at Chow or not.

Jim Pascucci
Oakland

She's a long-winded lummox! Though a reader this past week stated it very eloquently, get rid of this pretentious, self-absorbed windbag [Letters, Feb. 26]. Her columns are longer than the previous restaurant reviewer, yet contain maybe two paragraphs of actual review. The rest are self-important chitchat about how fucking urbane and witty she is and how fucking bitchin' her family is.

There's a lot of people in this town who really like to learn about new restaurants. I learn nothing from her column. Bag the windbag!

Robert Smith
Excelsior

She's a blatant blatherer! When I get SF Weekly the first thing I read is Dan Savage, then Social Grace, and then I flick back a page to read the restaurant review. After that I go to the front to read the rest of the paper in order. It was then that I read the letter from Cedric Westphal about your new restaurant reviewer. He expressed exactly what I'd been feeling moments earlier:

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Rodger Raino
Mission

She simply sucks! I'm sure by now you must be receiving angry or at least unhappy mail about your new food columnist, Meredith Brody. In a word, she sucks. She does not seem to understand that a food column is supposed to be about food/reviews and not her. Please tell her this or get a new columnist.

David Karin
Mission

Crikey, give the girl some time! I've been waiting for a letter like Cedric Westphal's to appear in the SF Weekly since Meredith Brody's arrival there. In fact, I almost wrote such a letter myself a mere three issues after Brody first began documenting her stomach's rumblings in the Weekly.

But then I realized that every issue, I've kept tuning in to her weekly dispatches on the Magnificent Gastronomical Exploits of Meredith Brody just to see how far she'll take it. So, as far as judging a restaurant critic by their power of garnering a base of regular readers, it seems that Brody's wannabe literary foodie thing is working.

What Mr. Westphal has forgotten is that SF Weekly is an alternative paper. If he wants to read straightforward dispatches from the forefront of the city's restaurant scene, there are plenty of places for him to turn to. Though I don't care for much of Brody's work so far, at least she has her own voice, and the guts to use it. I suggest that Mr. Westphal try to compose his own restaurant column, weekly deduct a handful of establishments from the thousands of restaurants in the Bay Area to shine the spotlight on, and then staunchly stand by his own informed opinions when readers throw tomatoes at him for not liking one thing enough or for liking another thing too much.

Perhaps, given some time to fine-tune her role at SF Weekly, Brody will come through and surprise us all by talking about herself for half of her column and yet still manage to be engaging. Just give her some time.

Sara Bir
Albany

Correction

A recent article in our Bay View section ("Terminal Condition," March 5) inaccurately summarized some testimony in the trial of an antitrust lawsuit related to the Hearst Corp.'s purchase of the San Francisco Chronicle. In the trial, which ended in the summer of 2000, Timothy White, then-publisher of the then-Hearst-owned San Francisco Examiner, testified that he had offered in 1999 to "horse trade" favorable editorial-page treatment to Mayor Willie Brown if Brown would support Hearst's acquisition of the Chronicle. His testimony did not indicate that such horse trading subsequently occurred.

SF Weekly regrets the error.

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