Letters to the Editor

In conclusion, let me sum up by reiterating that Noero is right:
1. Generally the elite of the design culture have historically been more concerned with trends and fashion than building neighborhoods.

2. There is a "can't do" attitude that is unique to this city, caused by a lack of growth. Growth is needed to stimulate a return to city living. Throughout the country, growing areas experience change and evolution, creating new opportunities for different lifestyles. This is what is needed in St. Louis.

3. Cities can be human when the population is sufficient to support neighborhood-scale cultural and commercial uses.

This was an excellent article about a very upbeat and articulate visionary.
Louis R. Saur

AIR RAID

To the Editor:
I have reference to Thomas Crone's "Radio Active" article (RFT, March 3), which offered this fascinating and garbled insight: "He (Ytzaina) loves Dinesh D'Souza and Alan Keyes. His most disquieting tendency, one that cannot be laughed off so easily, is to blast callers with a trademark line: 'Sieg heil, fellow American!' even as he's quick to put down David Duke for "'white tribalism.'"

Do you actually pay Crone? English 101 is beyond his ken. He obviously has never heard of ironic usage. The "Sieg heil" blast from me brilliantly highlights the totalitarian imperative inherent in modern liberalism -- an insight that I share with Keyes and D'Souza. For Crone's edification, this blistering response is given to disquieting callers who want the Secret Service to deal with me for my attitude toward Clinton; those who favor drilling holes in babies' heads; or support the actual and proposed destruction of the ill and the elderly.

Finally, a modest suggestion. Given his journalistic acumen, why not assign your Crone to writing "flesh wanted" ads?

Ray Ytzaina

CRITICAL CONDITION

To the Editor:
How I wish Eddie Silva's art review of Mike Javernick's show ("Now You See It," RFT, March 2) had been less compromised by vitriol. As it was, whatever critical point he endeavored to make was dissipated on the instant of his ad hominem attacks guised as alternative-press irony such as the Disney and Mr. Science comparisons. I have spoken with a handful of people about the review, about half of them unknown to Javernick, and every conversation has just as quickly strayed from the relative merits of the show into aghast convo about local artpolitik.

I wish I could say I was clear on the matter myself. It certainly was emblematic of the kind of reviewing I have heard the RFT unjustly accused of in the past, one in which silly resort to glib ad hominem only served to suggest that the reviewer was out of his depth. Reference to Blake and Frost, indeed. Making literary references when criticizing a visual artist is the first resort of the snob. Please know that I'm not protesting Silva's opinion or even the likelihood of having a negative opinion of the show. Rather, I'm disappointed to witness Silva's obvious lack of critical equanimity.

Neal Durando

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