Mail from our readers -- Check out letters from those who agreed with us, and those who didn't, on Lollapalooza, ''The Wizard of Oz'', and more

By EW Staff
Updated August 06, 1993 at 04:00 AM EDT

Lolla Land
I differ with your Lollawards (#179, July 16). This is one Price Waterhouse accountant who will go quite near Lollapalooza ’93, as I did for the ’92 super sideshow. I must agree that Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley’s goatee would scare my coworkers; that’s why I shaved off my own (and also lost the earring) before beginning work at PW. I find it pathetic, however, that the tour has abandoned its activist aspirations. Maybe Rage Against the Machine and Arrested Development will push fans to think about the world around them rather than the bone necklace around their necks.
Will Thompson
Burbank, Calif.

Oops! Better bone up on your biology — pun intended. The ”Cannibal Neckwear” item you featured on page 23 is wrongly identified as the metatarsal bone of the human hand. The metatarsal is in the foot. The human hand bone is the metacarpal, which can be in the hand and the foot.
Jean A. Pudlo
Stratford, Conn.

All in the Family
Stop propagating the myth that Grant Wood’s American Gothic (”Another American Gothic Knockoff”) is a portrait of a farmer and his wife. It’s the farmer and his daughter!
Mark Hiers

Crossing ‘Bridges’
Someone please tell Amblin Entertainment and Warner Bros. to cease this hoopla over The Bridges of Madison County. It is a beautiful and touching story, and Hollywood is managing to ruin it even before it goes into production. As much as I love Robert Redford, he is too old. As for the female, the only request I make is that she (a) looks the part, (b) is in the correct age range, and (c) is not Cher. I vote for Anjelica Huston and Harrison Ford!
Julie Ellin
Kent, Wash.

‘Oz’ and Ends
Concerning your assessment of this summer’s crop of violent movies (News & Notes), it’s interesting to note that The Wizard of Oz would qualify for five of the seven violent icons in your magazine’s scorecard rating system. Explosions: the Wicked Witch of the West’s hourglass. Bodies plummeting: The Tin Man dropped by trees. Unusual deaths: a house landing on the Wicked Witch of the East. Animals in jeopardy: Toto, the Cowardly Lion. Women and children terrorized: by both witches.

All is relative. In 1939 kids ran screaming into the lobby when the flying monkeys appeared in The Wizard of Oz, and in 1993 they run screaming into the lobby when T. rex appears in Jurassic Park.
Frank Londy
Jackson Hole, Wyo.

Better Best-Sellers
Thank you, thank you, thank you for now including mass-market paperbacks in your best-sellers chart. My family and I prefer purchasing paperbacks not only for the significant savings, but also because they are much easier to handle, use less paper, and you don’t feel quite as guilty if it falls off your pool float! Keep up the great work, EW!
Katharine Gray
West Covina, Calif.