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Letters

Old Times, new Times

October 20, 2002

Congratulations on the new look and content of the Calendar section. Sunday's Calendar section was incredible, and I am delighted that you followed up with the same insight in Monday's paper as well.

This is the capital of the entertainment industry, and I always thought The Times was a little light on coverage of Hollywood and the business of entertainment. That is no longer the case.

Graham Harlow

Los Angeles

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With the old Sunday Calendar, the format made it easy to read at a cafe, take along for an afternoon movie, or browse to find a quick review of a play. It was well designed, logical and a great size. It was the first section I read and the last section to be thrown out. The city mourns its loss.

Matthew Flynn

Studio City

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Believe me when I say I am neither a nut, a reactionary, nor someone with too much time on his hands. I am a former professional editor (print, not film) at Columbia University who now works in the film industry. I have subscribed to your paper since moving to L.A. five years ago. I understand that papers change, and I normally don't really care if it's a little bit for either the better or the worse -- but your new Calendar section has gone too far in the wrong direction.

While the other sections seem to have resisted major graphic changes, the Calendar section has gone whole hog in its redesign. And the result is a nearly incomprehensible puzzle of type sizes, fonts, bars, boxes and other things beloved of graphic designers but the bedevilment of readers who are actually looking for information.

I find it hard to believe that Calendar's new look will actively entice new subscribers in numbers outstripping those of us it alienates. Please listen to me, a reader; and when your writers complain that they can hardly find or read their own words, give their opinions due weight over the easy enthusiasm of your graphic designers.

Matt Logan

Santa Monica

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Bravo, bravo, bravo! I'm absolutely in love with the redesigned Sunday Calendar section. It was broke and you did fix it.

A much better look, smaller print, more interesting, sophisticated stories and enough information about what's happening elsewhere, that maybe from here on I won't have to buy the New York Times as well.

William Criswell

Los Angeles

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I've subscribed to The Times on and off for 20 years. As a film and music lover, one of the highly anticipated points in my week has always been to sit down with my Sunday Calendar and survey the week's events so that I can select the screenings and concerts to attend. Los Angeles is a huge city with innumerable entertainment options on any given day, so the clarity, consistency and comprehensiveness of Sunday Calendar's listings have made it invaluable.

This is why I was very disappointed that The Times decided to discontinue this format, and to instead pre-select a few events to highlight, while instructing the reader to refer to Thursday's newspaper for more information. I believe this is a miscalculation; Sunday is simply the best day from whence to plan one's week, and to have such a truncated menu of listings will prove frustrating. Please return to a format that was not only not broken in the first place, but that made Sunday Calendar one of the most reliable resources in all of Los Angeles.

Stephen Blake

Los Angeles

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My husband and I don't get why the changes were made. They aren't for the better. As my husband puts it, now Calendar is just another section of the paper. We used to leave it around for part of the week to read like a magazine.

Maureen Discipulo

Redondo Beach

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The most exciting aspect of your redesign is the reader's ability to start and finish an article on the same page. Whoopee! No more maddening "continued on Page 86" (then 87 and maybe even 88). Even the writing seemed more interesting.

Ronald J. Levin

Pacific Palisades

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I am not in the entertainment industry (I believe that puts me in the majority of your readers), and I am really irritated at having to wade through all that Calendar and entertainment stuff to get to the Living features. I'm a very busy working mom. You can consider this to be a negative comment on the new format, i.e., hate it! Please bring back Southern California Living.

Susan Vignale

La Canada

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WOW! I've died and gone to New York! The new Calendar is a triumph. The new design suggests that there's more to do here than in the Big Apple. We seem to have our very own Broadway. Who knew? After decades of having to separate Calendar from the Classifieds, we can now simply open the section.

William J. Becker Jr.

Los Angeles

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