Feedback from our readers
On the Watch
I opened my mailbox and saw the three words every girl waits for: Fall TV Preview! Thanks for another great look at the upcoming season. Magazine in one hand, DVR remote in the other…
I don’t know whether Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy has young children or not, but the show is definitely not family-friendly entertainment, as he described it in your TV preview. We’re glad we prescreened the Sept. 9 episode rather than letting our children watch along with us. The premiere was fun to enjoy as a family, but we’ll be very careful going forward.
Writer Tim Stack responds: Glee definitely has more of an edge than, say, an episode of Hannah Montana. But the series occupies the more adult-skewing 9 p.m. time slot and discusses important teen issues like sexuality — and good choral music.
He may be The Quippy Guy Who Explains Everything to the Audience, as you called him, but Joshua Jackson is also That Hot Guy Who Explains Why I Started Watching Fringe.
I have never agreed with Stephen King more than I did after reading this week’s Pop of King column. I like the techie stuff, but some things don’t need to make the jump to high tech. Nothing is more relaxing than a real book. As for TV, most of the best shows are on cable. And don’t get me started on movies!
I don’t entirely agree with Uncle Stevie about the evolution of pop culture — specifically in regard to film. Movies such as 12 Angry Men and Taxi Driver weren’t box office leaders in their day. But give it time: America usually catches up. Meanwhile, we can pray that the likes of Gosford Park and In Bruges can rustle up financial backing in the future.
Seth David Hanson
Like Mr. King, I fear the day the ”good stuff” is gone. The first adult fiction book I read was The Shining, secretly borrowed from my aunt’s library when I was 9 years old. I vividly remember the silver cover, the smell of the pages, and the desire to close my eyes because I was so afraid of (but desperately curious about) what was on the next page. The most unimaginable horror to a reader passionate about the physical experience of reading a book is the idea that books may someday only be available online or via some alternate electronic medium. I will never give up the idea that reading involves all the senses — the feel of the pages, the smell of the ink, the sound of pages turning.
‘Light’ Goes Dark
Thanks for at least acknowledging the end of Guiding Light (News & Notes), but didn’t it deserve more than a snarky box? Would it have killed you to have a nice retrospective, focusing on the show’s rich history and its well-written and -acted stories? After all, this was the soap opera that launched Sherry Stringfield, Mira Sorvino, and Allison Janney, to name just a few.
San Bruno, Calif.
Joss Whedon’s World
Cult-TV godfather Joss Whedon’s latest show, Dollhouse, launched its second season on Sept. 25, and to mark the occasion, we’ve ranked the 25 Best Episodes in the Whedonverse — which also includes Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly. Check out our Dollhouse episode recaps on Friday nights, just after Echo (Eliza Dushku) saves the day.