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August 22, 2004
Thanks so much for Gary Giddins' wonderful piece exposing the shameless abuse of Cole Porter's genius in the film "De-Lovely" ["Just One of Those Things," Aug. 8]. Giddins articulated what I'm sure many of us who share this awareness wish we could have said. In this ill-conceived film, Porter's incomparable songs were mangled by performers who had no business touching them. And beyond Giddins' insights, his piece demonstrated a wit worthy of Porter himself. John Koenig Los Angeles John Koenig is a cellist, record producer and was president of jazz label Contemporary Records for seven years.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 22, 2004
Thanks so much for Gary Giddins' wonderful piece exposing the shameless abuse of Cole Porter's genius in the film "De-Lovely" ["Just One of Those Things," Aug. 8]. Giddins articulated what I'm sure many of us who share this awareness wish we could have said. In this ill-conceived film, Porter's incomparable songs were mangled by performers who had no business touching them. And beyond Giddins' insights, his piece demonstrated a wit worthy of Porter himself. John Koenig Los Angeles John Koenig is a cellist, record producer and was president of jazz label Contemporary Records for seven years.
NEWS
April 15, 2004
According to the Bonn violinists' theory ("Pay for Play: Why Stop at the Fiddle Section?" by Randy Lewis, April 8), as there are 16 first violinists in a typical symphony orchestra, perhaps their salary should be divided by 16, as they are, for the most part, all playing the same notes in unison; whereas typically the solo clarinetist is playing solo and in every case the timpanist is doing so. John Koenig Los Angeles
ENTERTAINMENT
June 24, 2000
I believe Susan King was off base with her casual characterization of "Fight Club" as a "load of hooey" ("Still Fighting the Brutal 'Fight,' " June 15). Although the film is challenging to the average viewer, on a large scale it is an articulate expression of the difficulty of finding a meaning for existence in modern society. On another level, it is a compelling treatment of one character's descent into insanity. Such cavalier treatment of serious expression--something that is all too rare in our instant gratification-pop culture age--is out of order.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 1990
I found John Koenig's commentary on the pitfalls of Florida's "concurrency" provision ("A Lesson Worth Heeding in San Diego," Sept. 9) fascinating. Like Florida, the San Diego City Council is considering concurrency--the requirement that public facilities for new development be available on a timely basis--as a solution to our growth management woes. It seems that the Florida voters resent having to foot the bill for facilities to support new development, as well they should. It is unfair to expect existing residents to subsidize the cost of growth.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 1990
Unfortunately, San Diego may never get a chance to adopt the concurrency measures referred to by John Koenig ("A Lesson Worth Heeding In San Diego," Sept. 9) if a phony growth-management proposition facing the voters this November passes. Proposition M and its county equivalent, Proposition D, are thinly disguised attempts by the building industry to prevent the City Council and Board of Supervisors from establishing concurrency. Among the key services these measures exempt from being provided concurrent with need are schools, police, jails, courts, libraries, recreation centers, parks, water and solid-waste disposal.
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