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From Austin Powers to Dr. Dre, our Guide to 2002 (#636/637, Jan. 25/Feb. 1) had something for everyone. Many, like Dania Denise Mallette from Fairfield, Calif., were pleased: ”Thank you for mentioning Aaliyah’s last movie, Queen of the Damned. She was one of the best role models for young girls.” Others were not so pleased — particularly with Barry Blitt’s gay cable channel cartoon. Says Garry I. Bevel from Carrboro, N.C.: ”Days after applauding your consideration of African-American Oscar hopefuls, I must chide you for your tasteless strip.” Michael Rose of Webster, N.Y., was also disappointed. ”[It] was a blatant stereotype of my sexuality. [Why] all the hoopla surrounding the idea for a gay channel?”

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When I saw the cover to your Guide to 2002 issue with Beyonce Knowles of Destiny’s Child standing next to Mike Myers in her getup for the upcoming Austin Powers sequel this summer, I just had to get it! I can’t wait to see the DC diva make her big-screen debut following MTV’s Hip Hopera: Carmen last year!

ERIC ISAAC AIsaac3703@aol.com Washington, D.C.

I was very disappointed that your issue contained few mentions of upcoming books. In the future, how about keeping us bookworms in mind and tempting us with what is out on the literary horizon as well?

SEAN HEASLEY jbheasley@hotmail.com Erie, Pa.

I noticed that the 2002 Forecast Calendar failed to recognize any more than two religions: Christianity and Judaism. There are so many religious holidays because there are so many religions. This calendar is a blatant display of unfair favoritism among religions.

SABRINA MICHELE TORRES Convchic@aol.com Middletown, N.J.

Thank you so much for your info about and praise of Wilco’s upcoming Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and for putting them on the Must List. I feel like I am in this secret society that understands and appreciates the greatest outfit in music. It is nice to see the guys getting some buzz.

CHAD PATTERSON chadderbox55@hotmail.com Grayling, Mich.

Cite Unseen

Usually you guys are great about catching stuff like this, but in your feature on Randall Kennedy’s book Nigger, you fail to mention Dick Gregory’s 1964 autobiography of the same name (currently back in print) and deny him credit for using this word as a title to create a literary stir.

ROBERT RAYMOND Ray2772@aol.com Los Angeles

Blitt-krieg

A gay cable network appearing for the first time in history could have been an interesting article, but instead it’s the butt of Barry Blitt’s not-so-clever cartoon. Had EW been published in 1980 when BET premiered, I highly doubt you’d have run a ‘toon listing its programming as one of banjo playing and fried chicken preparation.

And face it, without the gay community, there would be no Hollywood for you to make fun of.

ROBBIE PEDDYCOART feralelf@mac.com Ormond Beach, Fla.

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