Check out letters from those who agreed with us, and those who didn't, on Phish, 'Hollow Man,' and more

By EW Staff
Updated September 01, 2000 at 04:00 AM EDT

Mail from our readers

A phalanx of Phish phreaks phell hook, line, and sinker for our cover story on the jam band that keeps on truckin’ (#553, Aug. 4). ”Congratulations on recognizing the phenomenon known as Phish. They’re the only band who’ve spent more time downplaying their popularity than promoting it,” writes Matthew Napoli of New York City. And Mike Mettler of Hoboken, N.J., announces: ”I was pleased to see you had the gills, er, guts to do a [Phish] cover story.” Meanwhile, readers were taken with Kevin Bacon’s Hollow Man diary, proposing a possible career change for the thesp. ”I’ve always thought Kevin Bacon was an excellent actor, but who knew he’d be such an engaging writer?” marvels David Sheary of St. Louis. Take that, Ethan Hawke.

Phishing Trip

Phish is easily the smartest and most talented band in the world today. One can’t help but have the utmost respect and admiration for a group of guys who have achieved such stardom with minimal media exposure. I love Phish and will continue to listen to them for the rest of my life. Your four Phish covers featuring Mike, Trey, Jon, and Page made my day. I think I speak on behalf of millions of phans when I say, Thanks!
Kristina Bodin
North Branford, Conn.

I’m glad you covered Phish in the right way and showed how great a band they are in a time when music is just awful. Good job. Great pictures of the guys, too.
Gerard O’Sullivan
Forest Hills, N.Y.

I only bought [this issue of] EW because Phish was on the cover(s). I had anticipated that I was going to hate Tom Sinclair’s voice and observations about the band, because of the way most reporters portray Phish concerts. However, I was pleasantly surprised and entertained by the descriptions of the musical ”scene.” I have but one objection to Matt Hendrickson’s Phish dictionary: I would have to say that as a phan of many years, the letter ”C” should most definitely be changed to ”cheesecake.” And the letter ”M” should read ”meatstick.”
Bonnie Wadsworth
Florence, Mass.

On ‘Hollow’ Ground

Kevin Bacon’s ”Diary of a Hollow Man” was compelling, suspenseful, and full of angst. In preparing for the part, Bacon was humiliated more than once for the sake of special effects. After seeing the film, I agree with him that the acting was secondary. Hollow Man Diary: A; Hollow Man: F.
Tom Martin
Hickory, N.C.

Talented actor, musician, songwriter, and now the diary of Kevin Bacon! I thoroughly enjoyed the first installment of his Hollow Man diary. It’s a look at the inside for all of us fans. Thank you, Kevin, for taking us with you.
Greg Blackwell
Bangor, Mich.

Britney Speared

When I read the News & Notes article about Britney Spears’ possible appearance on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I almost choked on my burrito. Joss Whedon’s horror/drama/comedy series is brilliantly written, with a cast of talented actors, yet it is having trouble achieving the ratings it deserves. Placing the teen-pop princess in an episode of Buffy may very well just send it into cancellation. The only way I will enjoy watching Spears on Buffy is if Sarah Michelle Gellar hits her (one more time).
Cole Saxton

Pop Implosion

It’s about time that someone finally put into print what must be on so many minds. David Browne wrote a wonderful warning about the teen idols of today taking their careers into their own hands. In very few cases in pop history has this ever paid off. [The moment] these acts finally wake up and realize that they are about image, not integrity, will be the day they find themselves on VH1’s Where Are They Now?
Brian Aker
New Orleans

Oops! You did it again. In yet another article lumping all ”teen idols” together, your music critic neglected to acknowledge that the Millennium hits ”Larger Than Life” and ”The One” were cowritten by Backstreet Boy Brian Littrell. The success of Millennium speaks for itself. It’s okay to give them some credibility. Really.
Stefanie Sudduth Laputz
Ada, Okla.

Correction: The Hogwarts Express leaves from platform 9 3/4 (”Rowling Thunder”).