Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It


Rights on the Wire
Though some of Wired magazine co-founder Louis Rossetto's recent bad press may be unfair, Phyllis Orrick and Susan Rasky go too far in "Unspun" when they serve up Rossetto as a paragon of anti-statism ("Tangled Up in Wired," Dec. 4).

Some visionaries are also robber barons. Rossetto's libertarian futurism can be a Trojan horse for the injustices of the unregulated marketplace. Would Orrick and Rasky be so kind as to analyze Wired's standard contributor's agreement? (For that matter, would they take a gander at SF Weekly's?) This is not a regime promising the end of intellectual property (a naive concept to begin with); it is one of "IP for me but not for thee."

Since Orrick and Rasky are so fond of egg-omelet metaphors with respect to cyberspace, let's take a quick tour of the National Writers Union's own digital diary. It includes support of a landmark federal lawsuit to affirm writers' electronic rights; an innovative collective-licensing agency, Publication Rights Clearinghouse; and our participation in the Digital Future Coalition, which opposes censorship and advocates subsidies for the underprivileged in commercial products in new media.

If the digital revolution proves real, we submit that it will belong to creators who marshal technology to scramble the traditional creator-publisher paradigm -- not to publishers who discover a new way to turn a fast buck.

Irvin Muchnick, Assistant Director
National Writers Union

Wait a Minute
I'm not much of a writer, but I will do my best. The review my restaurant, Rocco's Cafe, received from Paul Reidinger ("Are You Being Served?" Eat, Oct. 16) was not right or wrong, just not professional. There's a difference between opinions and facts. Fact one: bad service. Yes, that's true. But there are no pictures of Joe Alioto or Frank Sinatra, as Reidinger said. And I have no waiters. Also, there is no fennel in my sausage, or hot pepper.

This is a breakfast, lunch, casual seven-days-a-week restaurant in South of Market. You will never see four raviolis, even on side dishes. Try talking about the other food. How about breakfast, my mainstay? How about explaining why we're open two nights a week because we are also full-time caterers?

He made no mention that we have a patio. Reidinger talks about me being professional. I work 80 hours a week. I don't advertise in newspapers, I just work my ass off. Fortunately, my business is good. My response to his review was even good; it gives people something to talk about.

Don Dial, Owner
Rocco's Cafe

Paul Reidinger replies: Dial concedes my main point at the outset of his letter: that lunch service at Rocco's Cafe can be iffy. I don't know where he obtains his sausage or what's in it, but it certainly had a pleasant bite of anise when I tasted it. I assume that when Dial claims to have "no waiters," he means no male waiters. I try not to use the word, but according to my dictionary (Webster's New Collegiate), "waiter" is sex-neutral. And yes, there were four ravioli on the plate -- a first-course special.


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"