While our Will & Grace cover story (#455, Oct. 23) garnered lots of enthusiastic letters in praise of the show, other readers just wanted to give American History X director Tony Kaye a wide berth. ”Your article on the egomaniacal behavior of Tony Kaye has convinced me of two things,” says John English of Orem, Utah. ”I want to see American History X, and I hope I never meet this self-absorbed nutball director in my life.” Craig McDonald of Towson, Md., boils it down to ”What a pretentious ass!” Other readers were perturbed at our critical comments on the Christian rock band dc Talk. As Nathan Lyon of Elgin, Ill., says, ”They are simply stating what they believe, just like any other band or musician.” Amen!
BY THE GRACE OF WILL
Have you been spying on us? Your cover story on gay men and straight women was right on the mark! Of course we’ve always known how special that bond was, but it took a magazine like yours to figure it out. Thank you, A.J. Jacobs, for your bold and thorough coverage. Gay men do happen to straight women, and it’s the best kind of friendship there is.
As the former media committee chair for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) in New York, I applaud the producers of Will & Grace for presenting two very different gay male characters in the same program. For anyone concerned with the alleged stereotypical flamboyance of Jack, I would gladly supply the names of hundreds of my friends and acquaintances in New York whom this character could have been modeled on.
How could you possibly write about Will & Grace without mentioning Megan Mullally’s Karen? She’s the hot little pinch of cayenne that gives the show its bite. Karen’s the real queen of the show.
Harold S. Levine
New York City
As a graduate student writing a dissertation on depictions of women who love gay men, I was thrilled to see your cover story on Hollywood’s fascination with straight-female/gay-male dynamics. It provided me with new leads and insights. Here’s the highest thanks a scholar can pay: You merit a footnote!
LEGGO MY EGO
Your article ”X marks the Spat” was the most interesting and entertaining story I have ever read in EW. But most of all, I truly believe that Mr. Benjamin Svetkey deserves a raise for this article, and a huge bonus for having to suffer through several hours with Tony Kaye.
FRANKLY, ALLY, I DON’T…
Pop-culture props to Troy Patterson for his on-the-money comparison of Ally McBeal and Scarlett O’Hara (”Scarlett Lettres”). It’s pretty clear now to me that Ally doesn’t represent modern woman — she’s Scarlett and Barbie wrapped in one. Analysis like this keeps me checking the renewal box. Thanks!
Enough ribbing already! Since I’ve been a faithful reader of your magazine and great lover of Jim Mullen’s Hot Sheet, I’ve seen more than a couple of cracks about North Dakota. Though we may all seem like yokels, say ”Ya betcha” a lot, and have the worst weather on earth, please, give us a break. Pick on Rhode Island or somewhere else for a change.
Grand Forks, N.D.
In your preview for the Oct. 25 episode of The Practice (What to Watch), YOU GAVE AWAY THE VERDICT!!! I expect more from a publication that lambastes movie trailers for giving away too much plot. Should TV not get the same treatment?
TIED UP IN KNOTTS
Thank you for your wonderful tribute to the legendary Don Knotts (”The Last Don”). He is truly one of the greatest comic talents of all time. The man never missed a beat. It’s high time someone saluted this comic hero. All hail Don Knotts!
New Castle, Ind.
CORRECTION: Actor Richard Denning appeared in 1939’s Some Like It Hot, not in the 1959 movie of the same name.
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Our Holiday Movie Preview. Plus reviews of
— Meet Joe Black, with Brad Pitt (Movies)
— Rear Window, with Christopher Reeve, HBO’s Winchell, and other sweeps movies (Television)