June 15, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT

Who knew absinthe and popcorn would be so perfect together? Readers ooh-la-la’d our Moulin Rouge cover featuring Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman (#597, May 25). ”I loved your article and have a feeling the movie will become one of my favorites,” writes Christine Shannon of Newtown, Conn. Meanwhile, Rob Brunner’s story on the trials and tribulations of Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo brought out the alt-rock fan in everyone. ”Everybody who listened to Pinkerton knows it’s an incredible piece of music,” says William Cundiff of New Albany, Ind. Brandy Voiles of Centerville, Ohio, agrees: ”There are leagues of kids with thick, black glasses and ill-fitting shirts that would like to thank them for showing us it’s okay to be a geek.”

Eyes Wide Open

I found your cover photo of Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman positively haunting. It struck me that despite how glamorous one may be made to look, you can’t mask when a person is hurting. I can see the hurt in Nicole’s eyes and sense her longing for consolation. Of course, the article within your magazine by Jeff Jensen confirmed my very first assumption. I just wish that Ms. Kidman can find peace and happiness through this difficult time in her life, and I want to thank EW for capturing the human element. BRIAN HENDRICKSON Greenlawn, N.Y.

Your cover had everything, except Nicole Kidman! The pain of her private life reflected from her heart through her mournful eyes like a sledgehammer! I guess even stars can’t shine all the time. STEVE CROSBY starbug@brookings.net Brookings, S.D.

I have found that if you take all the pictures of Nicole Kidman from your latest issue and stuff them in your lunch box, they keep the food really chilly. BRIAN NEWMAN Tempe, Ariz.

Green Thumb Down

I’m surprised by Andrew Adamson’s comments in ”The Green Party.” If he so disliked the finale of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, why did Shrek have an ending as trite and predictable as any Disney production? Wouldn’t it have been ”much more powerful and interesting” if a human princess had married the ogre? A disappointing ending to an otherwise enjoyable movie. TISHA VILLANUEVA Ypsilanti, Mich.

‘Trek’ Record

I was looking forward to the series finale of Star Trek: Voyager. Then I read the ”Finale Frontiers” review by Mr. Tucker (TV). Someone please inform him that just because something ”has been all over the Web for months” it doesn’t make it public knowledge. Indeed, some of us actively avoid spoilers while surfing the Net and are old-fashioned enough to want to watch the show to see what happens! Whatever happened to reviews that only told you if something was worth watching, or well acted? Please have a teeny bit more respect for your readers — or give a spoiler alert in the future! GAVIN BLAIR gavinmac@reboot.com Vancouver

Nobody’s Tool

David Browne could take a lesson from Tool’s ”Lateralus” (Music): ”Over thinking [and] over analyzing separates the body from the mind.” Just once I would like to see a critic actually listen to the music instead of try to pick it apart. NATHAN WENGER nathan.wenger@rci.com Indianapolis

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