Mail from our readers
Hooray for your cover story (April 19) on Knots Landing. The show’s hanky-panky and delightful antics have set the standard not only for TV weirdness but for TV bliss as well. Those 300 episodes have been a highlight of my week for years, and I’m looking forward to 300 more. Who can resist? Your concise atlas brought back lots of fun memories. I’ve long since abandoned Dallas and Falcon Crest, but Knots is nutty and naughty, and I’m nuts about it. Keep up the good work.
Daniel J. Easton
Knots Landing is the most creatively written and savviest drama on the air. Here’s to 300 more episodes.
Thank you for your excellent article on my favorite TV show, Knots Landing. Your article reminded me of Knots events from years ago that I had almost forgotten. I have been watching for 12 years and have never missed an episode. You really did the show justice. I look forward to reading your magazine every week.
Patricia L. Conza
Ozone Park, N.Y.
As a loyal fan of Knots Landing and Entertainment Weekly (both since their inceptions), I was excited to read your great story. I would also like to ) point out how the show subtly addresses issues important to our times. This season alone we’ve seen Mack rinsing dishes in a sink of water (rather than running the faucet); a barbecue on an unwatered, brownish lawn; Frank using canvas grocery sacks instead of plastic; a summer group-recycling plan; and lots of safe sex! The reality in the show may help awaken a few more people to saving our resources, and lives as well.
Santa Rosa, Calif.
After I read Tim Appelo’s article ”The Bly Guys,” I felt compelled to write and remind Robert Bly that hardly anyone is like Doris Day and thunder is wonderful for everyone, not just ”Wild Men.” People need to rediscover the natural part of themselves. It is a journey for all of us, not just the male part of the human race. I can think of nothing that is more wet and wild than giving birth to a baby. In limiting ”wildness” to men, Bly is buying into the old stereotypes and reinforcing them. Luckily, the ”wild women” of today are too savvy to let anyone but themselves define them.
Sandra R. Corkins
With the assistance of Robert Bly, modern scientists have discovered that dinosaurs may have been warm-blooded, quick-moving hunters, and most likely responsible for writing offensive, fanatical drivel like Iron John: A Book About Men. The only thundering roars of the American male to be heard throughout history are the rattle of army tanks and the muted, copious flatulence resounding from a thousand La-Z-Boy recliners. Snail. Snail. Slowly. Slowly. Climb under rock.
James R. McLaughlin
New Brunswick, N.J.
Weighing the Stones
As an avid fan of the Rolling Stones, and one who followed my ”original impulse” to see the Steel Wheels tour, all I can ask is: Will Gina Arnold still be writing in 28 years? I doubt it.
Julie C. Nicholson
Gina Arnold’s unduly harsh criticism of the Rolling Stones’ Flashpoint album in her review didn’t sit well with this Stones fan. It’s obvious that the F grade that Arnold gave to the album refers to more than just the quality of the material. The grade also reflects Arnold’s inability to come to terms with the fact that everyone, including rock stars and rock critics, eventually gets old. At 21, I am proud to say I love the Rolling Stones, wrinkles and all.
Brenda J. Beagle
Gina Arnold should be promoted! Finally, someone who agrees with me: ”The very concept of a live album is idiotic….” I hate live albums. They are an utter waste. There are two reasons for live albums, the first being simply more money for the label and the artist. The second is so that the group can screw off for at least another year before they have to go back in the studio to make a real album. I think the Stones have proven to us that the first is true more than ever, with their outrageous ticket prices, the marketing of concert shirts at department stores, the sale of TV rights to their concert to Fox, and the release of Flashpoint. Don’t get me wrong — the Rolling Stones were a great band. Back in the ’60s and ’70s they made music. Today, they make money.
San Jose, Calif.
I want to thank Gina Arnold for her recognition and comparison of the Replacements to those legendary rockers, the Rolling Stones. After seeing Paul Westerberg and the Replacements, it is obvious that they certainly do exemplify ”the Stones’ own spirit of edgy, dangerous abandon.” While the Stones may be the original, to me and my generation, the Replacements are the world’s greatest rock & roll band.
More on Music
Roxette’s Joyride a B+ and Pat Benatar’s True Love a D? Gimme a break! Lately your reviews and grades have been astounding in their absurdity.
Patrick M. Hnidka
I had to laugh upon reading Jim Farber’s review of Pat Benatar’s album True Love. How can the same person review Roxette’s Joyride and give that fluff- processed and formatted album a B+ and Benatar’s genuine and heartfelt album a D? Please let Farber review all the Roxettes, Wilson Phillipses, Cathy Dennises, etc., and let someone who knows music and can appreciate it — especially the blues — write your other reviews.
I hope that none of her fans miss the new release, Brenda Lee, which you recently reviewed. I purchased the CD and think this is Brenda’s best in a couple of decades, if not her greatest ever.
South Portland, Me.
Exorcism on ’20/20′
I was pleased to read that I was not the only person to doubt the validity of 20/20‘s exorcism story. Every element of the segment seemed like a rehash of The Exorcist. Everything — from the Jesuit priest (who happened to be a psychiatrist), to the levitating, to the Satanic voice of the victim — was practically from the film script. The report was a disgrace to Barbara Walters, Hugh Downs, and Tom Jarriel. Any respect I may have had for the show has been eradicated by this comic attempt at TV journalism.
Quick! Get the defibrillator! Either I’m having a heart attack or you actually did mention an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation in your magazine. Now that Paramount has 100 episodes of Next Generation completed, maybe you’ll think about doing a full story on this literate, polished, and highly entertaining series. Thanks for finally acknowledging it.