Sunday Calendar letters
Not part of the 'Glee' club
I went into Robert Lloyd's column ["Not Everyone's Giddy Over 'Glee,'" Aug. 29] thinking he was a contrarian, obsessed with getting a rise out of people by disagreeing. As a TV elitist, there have been shows where I felt the same way. Shows that everyone loved but I couldn't fall for. A recent example: "Breaking Bad," which I don't find as amazing as I ought to.
I respected the way Mr. Lloyd framed his article. It wasn't an attempt to convince readers that they were all nuts and needed to reevaluate their tastes. It was a thoughtful exploration of his own opinions.
Thanks for a fascinating read.
A smart way to get point across
In this Internet age of name-calling, cheap shots, anonymous sniping, dirty dissing and mean-spirited vituperative attacks, it is refreshing to hear someone make their case for not liking something in an intelligent straightforward way that does not demonize its opposition. For someone who makes a living defending their likes and dislikes, it cannot be easy. Thanks for this little insight into the conundrum of criticism.
Living in these fast times
I am 78, and have had the same reaction to these shows. It sometimes seems to me that the producers are channeling old TV shows through the wrong end of a telescope and speeding them up. Frenetic comes to mind.
I despair for my grandchildren.
U.S. media need better priorities
I don't quite understand why the writer went to such lengths to compare American journalism and celebrities to those of the U.K. ["The Simon Cowell-ing of America," Aug. 29]. I don't feel that U.S. media are deserving of being compared to any other country these days and have lacked integrity for too long now. I think that it's high time American journalism take a look at itself and its faults. America lacks a sense of priorities as to what is actually news whether it's delivered in an "English" accent, highlights an English accent or any other.
Until American media stop sensationalizing people, stop reporting falsehoods, rumors, speculation and opinions, and bring back news that simply reports facts objectively, they will continue to lack integrity, no matter who you dare try to compare them with.
Marking 'Time' with Lauper
In "Her True Color: Blues," Aug. 29, when Cyndi Lauper said she was influenced by singers Big Maybelle, Big Mama Thornton, and "Little Miss Shapiro," she might have meant the 1960s British pop singer Helen Shapiro, who certainly had a big voice (and big hair) for such a young girl, but I suspect from the context of the piece that Cyndi was actually talking about Little Miss Cornshucks, a blues vaudeville veteran born Mildred Cummings who in 1949 recorded "Time After Time." It was her version of the Frank Sinatra hit, not the song that Cyndi recorded 40 years later.