Get it right:The reviewer of the latest Spike Lee Joint seemed to miss some of the film's not-so-subtle points [Robert Wilonsky, "Zero Hour," January 8]. The film's a tale of how being a cowboy will get you nowhere. From ... Wall Street hustlers to uptown brothers who won't pass the ball, the story has no mercy on the cocky masculine attitudes which lead one to indulge in forbidden sexual fantasies or the "just one more time" drug deal and the conflict that [results from] these actions. Rather than being full of "self-righteous" contempt, Monty's character is turning a corner [toward] being responsible for himself and his actions, knowing that he is to blame, not others. It is a "reflection" scene, no? Bravo to Spike Lee ... for making the first film with political balls "post-9/11."
Jerry's in an urn, not a grave: I do not appreciate your comments about the Other Ones, Bob Weir and the Grateful Dead [Mike Seely, "Rotations," January 8]. I am personally offended that you refer to Bob Weir as Paul McCartney (who is a sellout nostalgic yuppie bastard -- unlike Weir). That made me really upset. Besides, Weir charged just over $20 for his St. Louis appearances (which the Post decided weren't worthy of reviewing), not hundreds [of dollars]. Nor did [Weir] put out anything nearly as shitty as that god-awful post-9/11 sycophantic ode to "Freedom." He [McCartney] sold out terrorism nearly as much as the guys selling those stupid Bin Laden T-shirts with the targets over his face. Anyway, no other reviews tear up other artists to describe how good an album is. I agree with you on the Dave Matthews part -- he sucks. But to call the Other Ones "lesser musicians who headline gigs in Bumblefuck, Maine" is just unnecessary. While the Other Ones' initial gigs were somewhat hesitant performances, did you bother to go see any shows from their fall tour or at least listen to recordings of them? I am tired of the constant need for music reviewers to assert that the [scenes] for the Dead and Phish (two entirely different bands stylistically) are all about getting high and twirling. Getting into the Grateful Dead opened up a whole new realm of serious music for me and many other people -- not just the Dead's music but their influences and the bands influenced by them. When I see those bands, I listen quietly and intently and enjoy watching and hearing the collective improvisation that only happens in this music. And I do not merely get high and dance, using only the drums to keep a rhythm to propel my intoxicated body. I really look forward to seeing how you edit (chop up) my letter if you decide to print it! And bring back News of the Weird, dammit!
Jim M. Feeherty
Ears tuned to today: So, Christopher O'Connor finds Riot Act, Pearl Jam's seventh studio album, boring ["Rotations," January 8]. I would too, if I approached their music like he does, comparing it to earlier stuff recorded over ten years ago. Listeners, like musicians, must grow and, for God's sake, learn to listen without nostalgia. Riot Act is an important work of music and Pearl Jam sounds energetically present.
This is a very good article [Michael Renner, "Steamy Choices," December 18] about a Chinese restaurant. I like this one, Lu Lu Seafood Restaurant, because it's the best in the St. Louis area.
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