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Week of Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Charmin' Harmon

For the right fee, we'd teach your kids anything: Just wanted to let you know that I thought your article on infiltrating the manners class ["Mr. Manners," Infiltrator, Sept. 22] was brilliant. I began reading the story to myself and after a couple of minutes, started reading it out loud to my wife. By the time I'd finished reading, we were both literally in tears. Good stuff!

The truly sick part was that many of Mr. Leon's table manners are identical to our children's. Does he do any consulting for the Ontario (Canada) Ministry of Education?

Thanks again for the enjoyment. I saved the paper and have passed it around to a number of my co-workers. Those who don't laugh, I fear.

Neil Simpson
Solina, Ontario, Canada

No Service

Defending the defenders: Do you think it would be entirely possible for Mr. Cavalieri to write an article without making snide assumptions and accusations about a person and/or persons he does not know personally and has not taken the time or an open mind to understand WHAT exactly the person puts into their life and chosen career ["Under the Gun," Sept. 29]?!!!

Jaron is an educated, honest, talented, family-oriented, down-to-earth kind of man who loves his wife and child and does the very best he can to provide for them. This Mr. Cavalieri will NEVER understand the love and commitment, focus, determination, endurance, ability, and self-control it takes to be a professional bull rider and accomplish the things Jaron has accomplished!!!!! Tearing another person down does not make your story more interesting. OBVIOUSLY you are against the Army, the war in Iraq, and even the president of the country that allows you to write this kind of material. Maybe you, Mr. Cavalieri, should move to Iraq, or France!

Sincerely and truthfully,
Sharon Smith
Mount Pleasant, Texas

Spreading the (bad) word: After having been sent this article by a friend, I was, to say the least, appalled! How skewed of an article can any one writer write? You made it out like not only is the U.S. Army the biggest evil since mankind came to this Earth, but you made it sound like that Mr. Nunnemaker is their patsy in all their evil deeds! Not that I'm a top writer or reporter or even very well educated, but I think I know biased reporting when I see it. Perhaps your medium accepts this poor writing but I do not! I will spread this un-endearing article throughout the rodeo community and show them just what we're up against. After all, if the U.S. Army is going to put together rodeo teams we must be a stronger demographic than PETA and your other lackeys!

Philip Leimbach
Tulia, Texas

She Didn't Have Fun

It's hard to be brazen and cloaked at the same time: Katy St. Clair's Sept. 29, 2004, piece on "Funtime" at the Rickshaw [Bouncer] got it all wrong. And I'm not talking about how fun or not-fun it was. What we have here is another brazen, cloaked cultural critic, stomping on the momentum of the arts and radical political gestures. Had Ms. St. Clair taken the time to evaluate the event in its entirety, perhaps discuss the musical contributions of Paradise Island, who was referred to as the "chick from Erase Errata," aka the musician Jenny Hoyston, or the performance of the new conceptual band T.I.T.S., or the tense, awkward, and undeniably substantive interview with Matt Gonzalez, and not spent the majority of her article bashing the work of an incredible visual and performative artist's new experimental medium, i.e., the "real talk show," maybe we could take her criticisms constructively. But she spent her time at "Funtime" lurking behind people, eavesdropping on private discussions between people whose lives are much more than being members of Comets on Fire or being known as Gold Chains. Ms. St. Clair, next time pay better attention and see the bigger picture. You'll probably have a lot more fun.

Lisa S. Charbonneau

Poetry to Our Ears

Giving a musician his due: I received your article, "Heavy Traffic: Why Poetry Still Matters" [Books, Sept. 29], from my CCA alumni e-newsletter and wanted to point out an error in your review of Kate Colby's poetry. The line attributed to Kate in your sentence "She got knowing laughs when she said, 'No one wants to hear what you dreamt about unless you dreamt about them'" is actually a line from a Built to Spill song, "Made Up Dreams," from their 1997 album Perfect From Now On. Kate may have been quoting from this song, but she is not, unfortunately, the author of this line; Doug Martsch would be the correct author.

Otherwise, thanks for being a champion of good poetry.

Erin McCluskey
Brooklyn, N.Y.


In last week's Stage review of The Designated Mourner, the ticket price and address were incorrect. The correct ticket price is $15-18; the correct address is 351 Turk (between Hyde and Leavenworth). SF Weekly regrets the errors.


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