December 5, 1993
Allen Ruppersberg seems to epitomize an artist: one with the ability to shape an amorphous concept, unbound by an era or "style" coined, most likely, by someone other than the artist (" 'Stuff' Is His Middle Name," by Kristine McKenna, Nov. 21). His array of interests, as displayed in his work, keeps the rest of us intrigued as well. Harping on a particular format causes audiences to close their eyes in this age of multimedia glitz. Exploring and adapting art to life outside the museum world leads to expressions we can relate to as well as enjoy--Ruppersberg has it down.
March 22, 1987
In the Popping Off column in the March 15 Calendar, Kristine McKenna aired her negative views on the Bruce Springsteen phenomenon. Here's a sample of the heavy reader response, which ran roughly 60% to 40% against McKenna's opinion. I am probably about as tired of hearing people like McKenna moaning about Springsteen as she is of people like me raving about him. Kris, if you shut-up, I will too. ALYSON RICH Northridge
September 1, 1991
Sean Penn, like Bruce Springsteen, is a brilliant artist with human dimensions who sees the possibilities of a better world and has the courage to drive toward it with everything in him ("New Directions for Sean Penn," by Kristine McKenna, Aug. 18). He gives hope to everyone trying to get through these Badlands to someplace where it is not a sin to feel compassion, desire and love. Let others count their dollars and toys and reflections. Penn seems to count on something more. Best of luck to him and his kind.
August 18, 1991
Regarding "Slaughter of the Soul," Kristine McKenna's profile of artist Sue Coe (Aug. 4): Coe bravely crossed the threshold of hell to depict what devastation is wreaked upon our fellow critters in the slaughterhouses. She rightly quoted Dante, who said: "The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of great moral crises maintain their neutrality." Dante's Inferno was an allegory; Coe witnessed a true inferno. There are unlimited alternatives to the ghastly habit of meat eating, a cornucopia of health-giving fruits, grains, seeds and vegetables to rival the Garden of Eden.
October 18, 1998
The article on actor Derek Jacobi could not have been more appropriately titled ("Entering an Empire of Pain," by Kristine McKenna, Oct. 17). Perhaps it was in keeping with artist Francis Bacon's dark paintings; however, it was still a bold move to obscure the right side of the first column of the article with dark gray ink. If only your Calendar art director could have thought that one up in time for McKenna's ridiculous tirade about Woody Allen...