Top of the List
I’ve been a subscriber for 10 years, but have never been a fan of the Summer Double because it means there will be no EW the next week. But since you included Serenity in this year’s Must List — well, let’s just say that all’s forgiven.
I look forward to your Must List every summer. This year I sat down and read it front to back in one sitting. I am very happy that you acknowledged artists such as the underused Rachel Bilson, the extremely talented Joss Stone, and Jessica Alba. Thank you, EW, for being on top of things yet again.
STEPHEN A. GAVIS
As a longtime subscriber, I was caught off guard when reading the No. 79 Must List entry, On Bullshit, by Harry G. Frankfurt. The off-putting part wasn’t the inclusion of the uncensored word, but the lack of it elsewhere. Why? What makes it ”fit to print” in one place, yet dashed out in the next (Joss Stone, No. 91). What gives?
Trial and Error
Stephen King has always been one of my favorite authors, and now he stands as one of my favorite columnists. Not only did he perfectly verbalize what most of us were thinking regarding the Michael Jackson fiasco, but he challenged the media on their priorities (News & Notes). The New York Times has put itself on the same rack as the Enquirer with its coverage of Jacko. Well done, Mr. King. At least there is one person, and one magazine, who isn’t afraid to tell it like it is.
Oak Forest, Ill.
My faith in EW has been restored. After a slow drift toward tabloid journalism, EW published one of its best articles. Stephen King’s outstanding piece about the Michael Jackson trial hit the nail on the head by pointing out the sideshow the news media dropped on us. There are more important things going on than a trial about a man who has seemingly disregarded his heritage and changed his appearance and behavior into something he thinks his fans want. Thanks for printing a ”must-read” King article.
Boo, hiss, EW! What’s with all the praise for Hayao Miyazaki, but scant mention of Diana Wynne Jones, author of the luminous Howl’s Moving Castle (Movies)? He merely illustrated it. She conceived it. Reminds me of the infamous Oscar night when Michael Douglas accepted praise for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest without once mentioning Ken Kesey. It was like thanking the cup for the water and never mentioning the well.
When a friend gave me her June 24/July 1 copy of EW to read, I remembered why I no longer subscribe. Ty Burr’s review of Diary of a Mad Black Woman was pure vitriol (DVD & Video). If you don’t care for a movie, fine, just say so, and explain why in a thorough manner, discussing legitimate pros/cons of the film. Overemphasizing the friendly, honest, open nature of Tyler Perry (as explained with annoying repetition) as being ”chatty” offers no solid or intelligent critique of the movie or the extras on the DVD. It’s childish sniping. I recommend the reviewer go see one of Perry’s plays. He may learn something about respect for his fellow man.
CORRECTIONS: Contrary to an item in Fever Chart, Revenge of the Sith is a success in China (News & Notes). In a photograph on page 51, Uma Thurman is wearing a mini from Dolce & Gabbana, not La Croix (Must List). The single from the Foo Fighters’ In Your Honor CD is ”Best of You” (Music).