January 8, 1989
Gee, Calendar, what a hell of a way to greet the New Year--with an article about good old J.P. Witkin ("Joel-Peter Witkin: Peering Over the Abyss," by Kristine McKenna, Jan. 1). Yes, folks, here he is: The man who manipulates and mutilates human and animal cadavers for use as props in his "art" (see American Photographer magazine, 1986, for info about this). I guess we should be heartened by the news that he's now using living (and volunteering) models. I'm not surprised that he wears a mask in photos.
November 22, 1992
Ryan Murphy's Film Clips item on "Used People" (Nov. 8) was a sad illustration of word-of-mouth, unresearched reporting. He mentions the channeled entity Lazaris without even getting the name spelled correctly. I have studied the Lazaris material for more than 12 years and found it to be unparalleled in metaphysics. Lazaris is not "a centuries-old entity," as Murphy reports, but a non-physical consciousness that exists outside of time and space--there is no chronology involved.
November 6, 1986 |
Because he doesn't like wristwatches, Horace Castillo of Los Angeles would like to buy a good crystal quartz pocket watch. Can you help before he develops a tic, or will his out-of-pocket expenses grow, because nobody will give him the time of day? Dan Karmatz of West Los Angeles is looking for skin-colored Mennen's Shave Talc (not bath talc); failing that, he'll settle for any other after-shave talc.
April 30, 1987 |
Muriel Helfenbein of Pasadena is searching for some clear-plastic sweater storage boxes with drawers ; she doesn't like the ones that have lids, because they are difficult to open when stacked on top of each other. Can you help before Helfenbein is really in a sweat, or is it clear that we may never find out whether she's really stacked? Mary Yule of Sierra Madre desperately needs the old brush rollers with boar bristles ; the nylon type scratches the scalp, she claims.
August 17, 2002
It's one thing to think Steve Irwin a buffoon; after all, Howard Rosenberg is entitled to his opinion ("The Buffoon Hunter," Aug. 12). But when he says Irwin "earns fancy money using animals as props under the pretense of helping them," Rosenberg shows he lacks knowledge of the people he writes about. The Irwins not only own and run the Australia Zoo but also several additional animal conservancies across Australia. Most of the money they earn from the TV shows, merchandise and movies goes back into supporting their work.
August 26, 1990 |
Feathers fly, intestines spill out and the afternoon air fills with the sounds of snapping, ripping and chomping as crocodiles munch on half a ton of freshly killed chickens. In a house next to stinking pits thrashing with reptiles, Lo Kie Yoe nurses a bowl full of needle-toothed babies, the latest additions to his North Sumatra crocodile farm. "It's crazy. Here they all are eating up 200,000 rupiah ($110) a day, twice that in the wet season.