How naive can you get?
in his review of bruce cockburn's Anything Anytime Anywhere: Singles 1979-2002 (NOW, January 17-23), Tim Perlich states that, "Straightforward love songs like The Coldest Night Of The Year and Lovers In A Dangerous Time hold up exceedingly well, whereas stuff like If I Had A Rocket Launcher seems embarrassingly naive."
Well, Tim, some of us thought Mr. Cockburn was "embarrassingly naive" 20 years ago.
S. Agnello, East York
Redford's uncool Sundance
the name "sundance" comes from the annual spiritual rite of unknown origin practised by any number of plains Indians tribes, predating the arrival of whitey.
This ritual was outlawed by the U.S. Congress in the Dawes General Allotment Act of 1887, and it remained outlawed for almost 50 years.That Hollywood groovers like Robert Redford are now appropriating other cultures' symbols, rituals or names with no reference to their true origins is not cool.
Geoff Currie, Toronto
singling out pj harvey, who released her album in 2000, for ridicule in your 2001 snarkfest (NOW, December 27, 2001-January 2, 2002) is curious.Stories From The City may pull some punches from Harvey's gloriously raw youth, but it's far more consistently rewarding than anything she has done before.Oh, well, I guess anyone who owns a Blur or Pulp album couldn't possibly think the Dears' EP deserves to be all over NOW's 2001 lists.
Michael Barclay, Guelph
during this year's family gathering for Christmas in Toronto, we happened to have a dinner at Kei.We had excellent food in an intimate atmosphere with a gracious host and caring, cheerful service.We were astonished to read the curt putdown by your restaurant reviewer under Bad Taste (NOW December 27, 2001-January 2, 2002).Steven Davey appears to be more interested in dispensing hurtful pronouncements, which he may think are witty, than in objectively providing your readers with useful information.
Michael FarnsworthNorth Vancouver
When it couldn't get worse
just when i thought it really couldn't get any worse, now your magazine is bombarding us with a healthy dose of anti-Americanism.Why not be really cutting-edge and refuse to list U.S. movies or advertise U.S. products. Don't run columns or comics that are American. Too much profit loss, huh?
Malerie Rose , Toronto
Scribe should get out more
that silly, myopic column on theU.S., your favourite whipping boy, by Drew Hayden Taylor (NOW, January 3-9) functions only to encourage more of the same. If the writer were simply to travel a bit in our own country, he'd learn what most of us already know: outlandish or weird behaviour knows no national boundaries.
If I needed a reminder that your publication has an unbalanced, biased, irresponsible agenda, this provided it in spades.
Ellen Balkan, Toronto
Foreign aid not the way
jim stanford's ludicrous assertions (NOW, December 20-26) reflect the naivete of the left that I find both amusing and tiresome.
There are two seemingly obvious facts that Stanford appears to be unaware of. Number one: most of the world is poor and to some extent chaotic; it always has been. Number two: throwing billions of dollars at a problem does not solve it. This would not transform an uneducated people into free-marketers capable of creating and maintaining prosperity.
R. Young, Toronto
does s. macdonald really believethat the stupid comments made by Duane King (NOW, January 10-16) are the beliefs of a whole nation? He must possess an I.Q. just above plant life.At least we cannot claim 15-year-olds who support bin Laden taking it upon themselves to fly into buildings, or the likes of young radicals like John Walker.
Edward Sipprell, Gerardo Patino
Proud Canadians, Toronto
Yankee, go home
i find it ironic that an americanis asking us to stay out of his country, when it is mainly America's refusal to stay out of other countries that caused the WTC attacks in the first place.I'm also interested in what defines a country as a shithole and what we are ungrateful for? Wal-Mart? MTV? Cultural imperialism?Go on believing that this is a cosmic battle between the forces of good and evil, my friend. See how many issues it resolves for you.
Mike Anderson, Toronto
U.S. needs to rethink
americans love mark twain. In Huckleberry Finn, Huck faces a dilemma. He has just had an ecstatic religious experience and is overflowing with gratitude. He's decided to do the right thing -- to turn in his good friend Jim, a runaway slave.Then he does another Huck Finn big rethink. He surprises himself, breaking ranks with his newly burnished conscience. "All right, then," he says to himself, "I'll go to hell."If America did a Huck Finn big rethink, it might tear up its self-righteous bombing orders. We need a new marriage of Yankee ingenuity and southern generosity of spirit, with a dash of western frontier daring thrown in. We have to believe that they are still a potent couple. If they are barren, we all face a dismal future.
Harding Vowles, Toronto
The measure of breasts
as members of a technologicalsociety, we are regularly exposed to a wide range of images showing sexualized and commercialized versions of breasts (NOW, January 3-9).We see these on prime-time television, in movies, video games and print media at any time of any day.However, we are hard-pressed to find images of natural, unenhanced, everyday breasts anywhere. It seems that images of natural breasts are too "controversial."
Breasts do much more than titillate and sell products. They give life, too. Let's acknowledge and celebrate that fact.
A call for Mel's head
mel lastman's chief of staff,Alan Slobodsky, says the mayor can't meet with housing advocates because "...the mayor's schedule is very busy as he attempts to keep taxes down" (NOW, January 17-23).
Mel wasn't too busy to idly limo down to the Holiday Inn to shake a certain hand. And there was apparently plenty of room in his busy day for a frantic scrum with no-doubt chuckling reporters to "explain" the bumbling handshake. There was space, also, on his little dance card to attend New Year's Eve festivities.
The mayor is as slippery a customer as they come. Most of us would like another leader.
Geoff Rytell, Toronto
We shouldn't be surprised
mayor mel's claim that he didn't know about the criminal activities of the Hell's Angels is at best disingenuous.
A majority of Toronto voters and a cadre of powerful supporters are beginning to discover that our mayor is little more than a bumbling, second-rate pitchman who approaches most of the important issues in our city either by stamping his foot or resorting to a 30-year-old slogan for discount appliances.Who should be surprised? Noo-body!
Jowi Taylor, Toronto
Hydro's green gap
now missed the worst part of, Toronto Hydro's green scam (NOW, January 17-23).
Notwithstanding its pretty pictures of a few token wind turbines, the high-priced electricity contracts that Toronto Hydro is foisting on an unwitting public are backed to a substantial degree by supply contracts with Bruce Power.Once, before our city had dollar signs flashing in the eyes of its utility, our city government took a noble stand against nuclear insanity, backing a constitutional challenge of the Nuclear Liability Act, a law that shields operators like Bruce Power from liability in the event of accidents.Now, Toronto Hydro has no higher standards than the multinational-backed Direct Energy, which is also helping nuke Bruce. So much for Toronto Hydro's green credentials.
Tom Adams, Energy Probe
Media plays god
your article on george bush'snewly acquired fast-track power (NOW, January 10-16) only confirmed my confidence that everything is going to hell. Since 9/11, problems we were beginning to recognize and change only got worse. The demands of activists were smothered by a corporate mainstream American media more powerful than Jesus.
Alain Mercieca, North York
From Ground Zero
my country protects the freedom of all, even Duane King (NOW, January 3-9).Nevertheless, as an American I am disgusted by his demeanour. As a matter of fact, I'd love to rip his heart out.
Try digging for your comrades,you heartless bastard.
Name withheld by request
An officer with the NYPD, New York City