Avoiding the Limelight
A star's personality gets in the way of review: Shocking, isn't it, that there are actually actors who don't crave the fame and all of its trappings ["Welcome to the Rileys," Dan Kois, Film, 11/24]. If Kristen Stewart is an antistar, I take that as a positive, no matter how the reviewer meant it. It's obvious that this reviewer let his personal dislike cloud what could have been a balanced review.
Tripping During Rehab
The drugs became the problem, and the hallucinogen became the solution: Using ibogaine as a form of treatment for drug addiction is very promising ["Shock the Junkie," Keegan Hamilton, Feature, 11/17]. One should just be wise and do extensive research into the different providers that are out there. I received treatment at the clinic mentioned in the article. I'm no longer dependent on methadone, but that was due to the medicine, not the provider. People put on very good fronts to get someone in the door and the money in their pockets. Be extremely cautious and do research over and over, because there is more than just rehab clinic Pangea Biomedics and director Clare Wilkins.
New Angle on Old Trick
Cultural differences remain, even when peeing: People see it in West Africa all the time ["Real Women Stand Up," Lauren Smiley, Sucka Free City, 11/10]. Women stand to take a pee there, while quite often, the men squat. The younger men stand as well though. So it's no secret, and I assume any woman could probably figure this out without spending $300, as it's a pretty basic thing.
Ready to take instructions across the Pacific: I travel to Taiwan all the time for business. Unless I'm staying in a nice hotel and never going out, most restrooms there are pretty lousy where hovering is a must, and in many places women need to squat over a pit in the ground to pee. I am hoping this a) works for me; b) if it works for me, takes off; c) gets some more coverage; and d) would be available in Chinese, since I know thousands of girls in Taiwan would line up for this!
Positive Points of Spouting
Finding the midway point between neurotic and noble: I agree with [Irish humorist] Francis Sylvester Mahony, but I don't agree with this article's take on Glen Hansard and the Frames noble spouting ["Neurotic Spouters," Ryan Foley, Music, 11/24]. I love Glen's stories before each number in a gig. That is noble spouting! I disagree politely in the writer's assessment of it being in excess and neurotic. Just say that the group and the music isn't to Foley's liking, and be done with it. It doesn't make the group any less great.