Letters from our readers
Letters from our readers
I got a headache after reading your Kanye West article (”The Ego Has Landed”). It’s been a while since I’ve heard such unabashed boasting. He doesn’t read books because he’s too busy ”writing history”? It would be a shame to stop making music ”because [he’s] just so good” at it? He acts as if he’s a rocket scientist or saves lives. He makes rap music! Every time he humbles himself, it’s nothing more than a search for affirmation, and he receives it from the same mindless Americans who listen to his music.
What an insightful interview with Kanye West. I knew I liked that guy, and now I know why. He is much braver than the article implies, and he’s someone I finally can believe. Honesty is a rare commodity today, and West is one guy who speaks from his heart.
I have been a DJ for more than 10 years and have always been amazed at hip-hop’s blatant homophobia. I applaud West for not only being one of the first hip-hop artists to acknowledge it but having the balls to call for an end to it. We’re living in a great time when young artists such as Kanye West, Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, and Colin Farrell — who have everything to lose — are challenging our ideas and provoking us to think in a different way. I thank them.
Thanks for the feature by Dalton Ross (”I Will Survive”). I have been a fan since his days as the What to Watch guy and always enjoy his self-deprecating wit. But next time, Dalton, please leave the shirt on.
I have been a fan of Dalton’s writing for a long time. I was thrilled to see his article on Survivor and more shirtless pictures of Ross! I am a sucker for literate, funny, skinny guys!
Wheat Ridge, Colo.
A Net’s Worth
I can’t help but feel your article about The CW (”And Then There Were Five,” News & Notes) had a crucial hole in it, and that’s the African-American perspective in terms of the impact this merger will have on UPN’s lineup and viewership. It’s no secret that UPN has provided niche programming to an audience most networks have deemed unimportant, and that is noteworthy. As an African American, I will be dismayed if quality shows such as Girlfriends and Half & Half don’t make it to the new CW. Just because the general viewership (read: white people) doesn’t watch these shows doesn’t make them any less relevant, creative, and sound (in terms of quality and execution).
Host of Problems
I can see why Katie Couric’s popularity has fallen from 24 to 19 percent (News & Notes). In the past, Couric was insightful, passionate, and ”journalistic” in her approach to the entertainment-style Today show. Now she seems smug, opinionated, and annoyed with her cohosts and guests. Once a direct interviewer, Couric now seems to not only ask the questions but answer them herself! Today has become a show about Katie Couric interviewing Katie Couric and expressing her biases through her obvious sighs, head shakes, and eye rolls. Will being an evening anchor make her more objective? Not sure I’ll tune in to find out.
CORRECTIONS: Paula A. Kerger will be PBS’ new president as well as CEO (Monitor). Bernard-Henri Lévy’s American Vertigo was translated by Charlotte Mandell, not Mendel (#860, Books).