Lacrosse guys hottest
your article about lacrosse(NOW, January 25-31) brought back great memories from when I was in high school. I grew up near Six Nations and played hockey for a girls' team in a nearby town. (Yeah, I was a tomboy!) I was always attracted to the boys who played hockey or lacrosse for Six Nations. They were strong, aggressive and determined, and they kicked everyone's ass! Some of the boys I grew up with dreaded playing against these talented guys.
My first boyfriend was from the reserve, and he played lacrosse for the junior team there. They won the junior Canadian championships the year when we were going out.
I got to learn how to throw and catch a lacrosse ball, but never got to play it. I compensated by watching it being played. It was so fierce!
When I saw Kim Squire on the front page holding his lacrosse stick with a look in his eyes like he could kick anyone's ass in the game, it reminded me of my first boyfriend.
Terror loses PR fight
since paul copeland (now, febru-ary 1-7) expresses puzzlement as to why there hasn't been an international outcry about the killing of terrorists by Israel, allow me to offer an explanation. The general public have little sympathy for terrorists because it is the public who are indiscriminately murdered by terrorists. The world is better off without terrorists.That is not to discount the value of due process of law. But Israel is still at war, after 53 years, and the niceties of civil law cannot always be observed in times of war.
It is very easy here in Toronto, where we fortunately have very little terrorism, to issue moralistic pronouncements of horror at Israel's acts of self-defence. However, if Copeland or any of your other writers were to find themselves at the site of terrorist activity, whether a bombing, shooting or whatever, you may be sure they would be slaughtered like everyone else, without regard for their political sympathies. Terrorists don't ask about your political opinions before killing you. They don't care.
I, in turn, do not care if the civil rights of terrorists are violated. They have forfeited those rights.
MP3 robs poor artists
i read with some dismay mattGalloway's gleeful report on -- and implicit support for -- MP3 Mania (NOW, January 25-31).Except for the various national anthems mentioned (which I believe may be in the public domain), it appears, not surprisingly, that every example of "interesting stuff available for download" cited by Galloway consists of material that is protected by copyright law from just such unauthorized duplication.
I agree wholeheartedly that there should be legal means to get such material at reasonable prices, especially items that are "long forgotten (or) largely unavailable anywhere else." However, the simple fact that the material in question is currently in that "(deep) pile" known as the Internet does not give Galloway or any other individual the right to act against the explicit wishes and lawful rights of the owner of said material as expressed in their registration of copyright.
As someone who is required to do more reasonably compensated computer work in order to support an avocation of composition that is poorly compensated to begin with, the spectre of millions of Matt Galloways abusing technology to the direct disadvantage of creative artists such as myself causes me great concern.
"Why anyone would spend the time uploading every imaginable clip from every Simpsons show" is certainly unclear. Why any self-respecting journalist would encourage such activity is totally beyond comprehension.
Condo war on Yonge
re yonge stir, by enzo di matteo(NOW, December 21-27). As a tenant of nearly 25 years in the Chatsworth Manor complex at 2928/2932 Yonge Street, I am distressed that Di Matteo did not do his homework before writing. The third paragraph of his report is not at all factual.An official plan and zoning bylaw amendment application was filed against 2914-2944 Yonge Street. This complex stretches the full block between Chatsworth and Cheritan.
Cheritan Manor does not contain 158 units. Cheritan Manor is just one apartment building in the three-building complex in danger of demolition. According to the said filed application, the units in question total "156 of a rental tenure." This number is divided between the three apartment buildings. In the Chatsworth Manor complex of two buildings, we have 92 units. "(A) five-storey, 158-unit building" will not be converted into "a 14-storey, 326-unit condo..." per se, but the entire complex on Yonge Street between Chatsworth and Cheritan Avenues (is the object of) plans drawn up for three 14-storey towers joined by two buildings of lower height. The whole proposed new development will contain 326 dwelling units.
Why did your report not include the Chatsworth Manor complex? We are no less important than Cheritan Manor. Journalism that does not give the "big" picture is not only irresponsible, but divisive, not cohesive.
Stern voice of time
kudos to kim hughes for takingthe unpopular view that Howard Stern may not be a ninny hell-bent on destroying North American morality (NOW, January 25-31). And Kim, hold the fort against the onslaught of hate mail that's sure to follow.In this age of artistic conformity, the Puff Daddyfication of popular culture if you will, the number of divergent voices heard on popular radio is rapidly dwindling as uncreative broadcasters scramble for the dwindling pie that is the wallets of pre-pubescent teens giddy on bubblegum pop.
Stern is a unique source of relief for people who struggle through the pain of waking up, the curse of shitty jobs and the absurdities of life. Those whining about him are almost as annoying as the mindless monotone chatter that pours out of my morning radio.
New brand of racism
kim hughes's article on howardStern would have been more suitably titled Right Wing Renewal. Hughes looks very desperate trying to legitimize the shock jock on the grounds that his comedy is satirical, he's an equal-opportunity denigrator or is pro-choice. Who gives a flying fuck? How about plain old racist and misogynist? The fact that Hughes tries to qualify this tasteless humour makes her an active participant in her own debasement and a supporter of racial and gender-based stereotypes.Missed point of film
malena is a searing picture thatexposes the entire brutal ruthlessness and injustice of patriarchal society, where women are completely vulnerable, left without any defence and at the disposal of their exploiters. Tornatore picked Sicily intentionally, because there the viciousness and extreme treatment and enslavement of women was particularly harsh.This is depicted very well in this film about a happily married woman who does not think of anyone but her husband. But when the husband leaves to go to war, she becomes prey to her surroundings, without any defence. The fat old slobs who are too old to sign up but can still sleep with a woman letch after her and exploit her. She cannot get a job (I arrived a bit too late, so I missed why, and only heard, "No one would employ her again" whispered), so she depends on handouts. She has no other way but to give in to those exploiters -- she has to prostitute herself, and she always asks for food: "Bring me food!" She literally battles for the basics.
Your ninny's "criticism" shows how much he understood of this film. "A piece of ass...." Yeah, indeed you are a "literary" magazine, aren't you?
Brother, you still have a lot to learn.
Rocked by Wisconsin
leave it to you people to contin-ually print the bullshit that Kim Hughes writes. Sometimes I wonder if I'm supposed to believe anything you print. With music writers of the quality of Perlich and Galloway, it's surprising that you continue to print the uninspired and ignorant reviews Hughes writes.The band Wisconsin (NOW, February 1-7), whom I have watched perform many times, are one of the best rock and roll bands this city has seen in a long time. Hughes clearly misses the point. If she hadn't noticed their beautiful harmonies and raw talent (which she only implied was present), I would guess that she hadn't even seen the performance. Then again, Hughes has been writing for NOW for such a long time, it's possible that she's far too old to enjoy a rock show.
The fans who packed the Rivoli got their asses rocked, which is what they came for.