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Heart Attack
Love supposedly means never having to say you’re sorry, so we’re not about to apologize for any of the entries on our admittedly eclectic list of ”The 50 Greatest Love Songs” (#807, Feb. 18). But we’re also not above letting our riled-up readers — and there were at least 167 of them — have their say. ”How could you do it?” asked Lesa Ryan of Louisville, Ky. ”No ‘Baby, I Love Your Way’ by Peter Frampton?! He still makes my heart flutter.” Rhonda Walker of Sparks, Nev., said we ”missed big-time by not listing Aerosmith’s ‘I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”’; she was even more upset over our slight of Mr. Loverman himself, Barry White: ”There were a lot of babies conceived because of that man!” TMI, Rhonda. Allan Rube of Nashua, N.H., apologized to ”Sweet Love” singer Anita Baker on our behalf (thanks, man!); Laura Eurich of Colorado Springs said the list ”put me in the mood. . .to listen to Billy Joel’s ‘Just the Way You Are,”’ and Carpenters fan Michael Petty of Valrico, Fla., found it ”truly tragic that the late Karen’s lovely voice was not heard pulling the heartstrings of your forgetful staff.” (Just between us, Michael: The dope writing this box cries whenever he hears ”Superstar.”) Other readers’ favorites: Chicago’s ”Colour My World,” Roberta Flack’s ”The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” Extreme’s ”More Than Words,” Van Morrison’s ”Tupelo Honey,” and pretty much anything by Luther Vandross. And there sure was lots of rancor over Beyoncé’s ”Crazy in Love.” ”Any song with rap in it is not worthy of any positive list, as far as I’m concerned!” said Randy Inman of Holly, Mich., who, for the record, thanked us for including the Captain and Tennille’s ”Love Will Keep Us Together” but thought ”it should have been a lot higher than No. 41.” And finally, Ramona McGuire of Waldorf, Md., asked, ”What about the classic ‘Unforgettable’ by Nat ‘King’ Cole or ‘All I Need’ by Jack Wagner?” Ramona, you officially win EW’s first-ever award for Most Random Record Collection in America. Congrats!

‘Sin’ Doctors

Hats off to you for running the cast of Sin City on your cover. Hats on for not doing it in the comic-book black and white like the movie.

CHRIS PITZER
pitzer@adhousebooks.com
Richmond

I found your article on Sin City to be depressing. What is it about male comic-book writers? No matter how creative they are, no matter how far their imaginations can go in developing complex alternative worlds and building on wild ideas, they seem to be utterly unable to conceive of women characters as anything other than leather-clad prostitutes, strippers, or Madonnas whose pure love redeems their men. Frank Miller seems like a really interesting man. I eagerly await the revolutionary day he comes up with something outside of these tired (and, by now, boring) stereotypes.

SUZANNE REISMAN
sr393@hotmail.com
New York City

‘Word’ Up

I was so happy to see an article about the sensation of The L Word (”Return of the Pink Ladies”)! I am one of those heterosexual women who adore this show — however, I don’t whisper it. I tell everybody I know about it! This is one of the few programs that incorporate drama, comedy, great music, and top-notch acting that honestly makes you feel for the characters. With great guest stars, Jenny (the one you love to hate), and six other amazing characters, I look forward to season 2 and hope EW continues to give us the goods on this underrated show!

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