October 14, 2004
Great homage to William Shatner ["Shatner: It's ... His ... Big ... Moment!," Oct. 7], the man we all secretly love, but may be too ashamed to admit it. But no tribute would be complete without mentioning Shatner's Promise margarine commercials. Now those were classic. And Dan Neil omitted his most immortal vocal performance: "Rocket Man," performed at the 1978 Science Fiction Awards, complete with Shatner smoking a joint and jumping out of his own body as a special-effect twin dancing around, "high as a kite."
April 15, 2007
It's interesting that someone besides me has noticed that most politicians have full heads of hair ("Mein Hair," by Dan Neil, 800 Words, March 18). There are some with thinning hair and the unfortunate comb-overs, but they are few and far between. I thought it was just an odd coincidence, though there probably is some factor that causes this phenomenon. I figured it has to do with the politicians--more success throughout their careers, perhaps. According to Neil, it's because we, the electors, vote for the ones with the hair, perhaps responding to some deep-seated, primitive reaction to apparent virility (therefore capable leadership)
April 23, 2006
My boyfriend is obsessed with Dan Neil. And just when I have him convinced that Neil is a heterosexual with, I'm sure, a lovely wife, he writes a column on Jonathan Antin and uses words such as "bangin'" to describe his hair ("Scissor Hands," 800 Words, April 2). Now I'm back to square one. Could he please mention his wife a little more often? I can't take much more Sunday morning swooning. Ray Cochran Los Angeles
December 10, 2006
I usually read Dan Neil's columns, but it disappointed me to read his ditty on his interview with Hugh Hefner ("Rake's Progress," 800 Words, Nov. 12). In his nostalgia for the good old days with respect to Playboy magazine, may I remind Neil that the vehicle for bringing us thoughtful and enlightening articles of yore was the exploitation and dehumanization of women on a mass scale in glossy rags. It saddens me that Neil thought it was such an honor to interview this sexist man, who built his greedy empire on our backs, so to speak.
May 6, 2007
Go Rosie! To her vitriolic critics, "The View" is a talk show where opinions can be freely expressed ("Trust Busters," by Dan Neil, 800 Words, April 15). I'm starting to wonder if there is some iota of truth to the 9/11 conspiracy theories, or if the Bush administration knew that something was going to happen but did nothing to stop it. We've become cynical because the rich continue to get richer, the rest of us are getting deeper in debt and the Iraq civil war seems to be only about graft, corruption and war profiteering.
August 7, 2005
Dan Neil's 800 Words column is one of the best things to appear in the L.A. Times since color photos. But what he doesn't get in his column "A Senior Moment" (July 10) is that elderly folks don't actually feel older inside. Yes, we get a shock every time we look in the mirror, and some may get used to it, though I doubt it. But inside we're in our 20s or 30s. Why would Neil think that seniors would be different from "the rest of us"? Marlene Coverdale Riverside
September 4, 2005
As a hard-core bad movie fanatic, I've observed that every generation seems to have its own "worst movie ever" ("Why We Love Bad Movies," by Dan Neil, 800 Words, Aug. 7). First there was "Reefer Madness." Then there was Ed Wood's "Plan 9 From Outer Space." Now it seems that we have "Manos: The Hands of Fate." It's truly enjoyably bad. But is it the worst ever? I'm sure the next generation of film fans will soon rally around a film of its own to trash. Joe Stemme Culver City
July 2, 2006
As a parent of a son who is on his second tour in Iraq, I am amazed by the West Coast Thunder ride ("Harley's Angels," by Dan Neil, 800 Words, June 11). The only thunder is from their exhaust pipes; anything else is pure crap. These are overweight, lazy, fat, mainly white guys and their counterparts (the ones on the back of the bikes). They are trying to show the world they are brave, tough and fearless warriors, and they use the exhaust pipe to announce their presence. They are people riding loud motorcycles.
April 17, 2005
Regarding "GM Stops Buying Ads in The Times" (April 8): General Motors Corp. is right: Dan Neil is apparently biased against GM in particular and American car manufacturers in general ("An American Idle," Highway 1, April 6). His Feb. 23 column ("Lexus' Math Triumph") about the new Lexus sport utility vehicle raved about its $50,000 sticker price, whereas the Pontiac G6 "review" was mostly a rant against GM management and a couple of paragraphs dedicated to an offhand dismissal of the G6 -- a car that costs half as much as the Lexus.
October 15, 2006
Yes, people still get high ("Just Say Maybe," by Dan Neil, 800 Words, Sept. 24). And maybe the reason boomers are finding their way back to marijuana is that they are retiring in large numbers and are no longer subject to random drug testing by their employers. Charlotte Costello Fountain Valley I agree with Dan Neil. I'm not surprised that baby boomers are returning to their "grass roots." If an otherwise responsible adult chooses to decompress after a long day or on the weekends, what's the harm?