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April 1, 2004
More problems giving orders Even supposedly stable shrinks like myself aren't immune from the type of neurotic condition Paul Brownfield recently identified as Order Panic Disorder ("Neurotic, Table for One," March 25). I am a recovering Order Panic Disorder sufferer myself. Whether Brownfield realizes it or not, by writing this article he has already planted his ambivalent feet firmly on the road to recovery. He has participated in what Freud identified as one of the most creatively transforming, psychologically liberating and productive of defense mechanisms: sublimation.
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NEWS
August 16, 2007
Love affairs for the ages Re "Too Good to Be True?" [Tell, Aug. 9]: Is Bruce Catania on crack? Ending a perfectly wonderful relationship with a perfectly wonderful woman because it might end for a certain imagined reason? All relationships face this possibility. Bruce's preemptive breakup was obviously because of his own fears, couched in concern for her.
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NEWS
October 24, 2002
"American Idol" is simply a cynical yet successful exercise in the manipulation of hype, buzz and spin all at once (Wknd Feedback, Oct. 17). Judy Soloski Pacific Palisades
NEWS
June 7, 2007
I really enjoy the Drive-By Dining fast-food column by Dog Davis. We're all exposed to the hype and can find ourselves suckered into trying these goofy concoctions ["Try One, It's Fresh From the Frankenfoods Lab," May 31]. My favorite line about Diet Coke Plus: "How messed up are you if you think you're drinking a caffeinated, artificially sweetened, flavored soda for its nutritional value" -- I was on the floor when reading that. By the way, I start my Calendar Weekend by reading from the back page forward.
NEWS
January 30, 2003
I must wholeheartedly disagree with Dina Rose's comments about "Single in the City" ("Wknd Feedback," Jan. 23). I think the writers are representing both sides of the spectrum, and that there are absolutely no disparaging remarks or sarcasm. What have you been reading? Keep up the good work, everybody! Eric Calhoun View Park
NEWS
June 23, 2005
Thanks for the article on Teresa Strasser's love/hate relationship with boxing ("A Real Lightweight," June 9). That's a very interesting conundrum she is in. I was sad to read, however, her plans to avoid the film "Cinderella Man." I was never a fan of the sport but found myself absolutely riveted and inspired by the story of boxer James J. Braddock. Strasser states how much she admires fighters that exhibit the qualities of "tenacity, ferocity and gumption." Braddock had those qualities in spades along with dignity, grace and a deep love for his family.
NEWS
December 26, 2002
My name is Elijah Dittersdorf and you used me in a large color picture for your article about Virgin Megastore and other music stores in L.A. ("Where do you buy?" Dec. 19). The caption read: "Elijah Dittersdorf, a Virgin employee who wears his love of music on his arm, arranges stock at the store." You failed to mention that the majority of employees at these stores are paid minimum wage, are given no benefits and have one of the highest turnover rates in retail. These "super-size" companies do not like to keep employees very long, as the help then might want a slight wage increase and maybe a shot at some health care.
NEWS
April 13, 2006
Maybe the best way to get in shape for Dr. Phil's new book on finding love [Tell, by Teresa Strasser and JD Roberto, April 6] is to follow Dr. Phil's Ultimate Weight Loss Challenge. Some abs are simply too sexy to resist. MONTE WHALEY Redondo Beach
NEWS
December 28, 2006
Re "Living in Limbo, Keeping It Real," Dec. 21: Let's see, Ricky Walters is an alien convicted of shooting two people yet he merits a sympathetic article with the subtext of "leave the guy alone!" because our government has an indisputable reason to deport him? This kind of media indulgence resulted in the senseless murder of Richard Adan by a similarly favored criminal named Jack Henry Abbott, or don't you all remember? HASAN A. BENLER Poway
NEWS
January 23, 2003
Poetry on dating sounds all too familiar (Re "Her dates stir the haiku poet's soul," Jan. 16:) Hai haiku poet My dating life echoes yours Is it them or us? Jay Pusnups Santa Monica In regard to the weekly column Single in the City, I am deeply disturbed that I have not read a positive comment about men. I understand that this column is meant to be humorous. However, every week it is filled with disparaging, rude and sarcastic remarks about men. Men are portrayed as fools.
NEWS
June 7, 2007
Re: ["Into That Other Galaxy," May 24]: I'm glad to see you named some of the 75 artists who customized a Vader Project mask for the "Star Wars" event at the Convention Center on Memorial Day weekend, but you left out Cameron Tiede -- whose work is shown in your photograph, no less! STEVE MONTGOMERY Los Angeles
NEWS
May 24, 2007
Denise Martin mused that the last "Gilmore Girls" episode drew the series to a comfortable close [" 'Gilmore Girls' Is Sealed With a Kiss," May 17]. That may be true, but how do the fans erase memories of a dismal seventh-season story line? I think the fans understood these characters better than the creative people behind the show. How could they replace Diner Luke with a whiny Christopher plotline? Luke and the diner were central to the success of the show and were sadly missed this season.
NEWS
May 24, 2007
Nice article in Calendar Weekend, but you neglected to mention that Hollywood Forever has a historic cemetery tour in the "event" section of your article ["Graveyard Shift," May 17]. It has even recently been featured on Turner Classic Movies! This never gets mentioned in the press and would have been nice to see. You can find out more information here: www.cemeterytour.com. KARIE BIBLE Culver City Bible is the historic tour guide for Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
NEWS
May 10, 2007
No wonder New Yorkers and Europeans criticize Los Angeles for its lack of authenticity ["A Sunny Start to Your Day," May 3.]. With writers like S. Irene Virbila in her Critic's Notebook review of Hans Rockenwagner's new Venice cafe, praising the "chance to play Venice bohemians for a morning or a night," this is to be expected. Get real, Irene! As a long-time resident of Ocean Park, the Venice adjacent neighborhood, this is the way we live and it's not an act. JUDITH SAMUEL Santa Monica
NEWS
May 10, 2007
That Randy Lewis must be a fortune teller [Idol Banter, May 3]. Seeing his accurate predictions of Wednesday's "American Idol" castoffs appear in Thursday's Weekend section was almost amazing. Does Weekend pay Lewis for these predictions? If so, any chance the L.A. Times would print my picks for today's Hollywood Park winners in tomorrow's sports section? RANDY KELLER Redondo Beach
NEWS
May 10, 2007
For someone who makes her living critiquing nightclubs, Jessica Gelt sure is dubious of the genre ["Beyond the Velvet Rope," May 3]. What was she expecting, transcendental meditation? A dozen friends and I spent last Saturday night at the Edison and had a ball -- in Payless sneakers, no less. Clearly I wasn't the "man in high-gloss loafers and a dark-blue collared shirt unbuttoned just shy of mid-nipple range" whom Gelt felt justified in demeaning. This from the woman who self-righteously informed us that the club is "just several hundred yards down an alley from where two homeless men lounged on a tattered couch."
NEWS
April 26, 2007
"American Idol" did not, in fact, miss an opportunity last week to "channel emotion" toward the hurting hearts in Virginia and the whole country ["A Missed Opportunity to Honor Victims," by Randy Lewis, April 19]. On Wednesday night's results show, guest country artist Martina McBride sang "Anyway" -- her new single that is an anthem of hope amid pain and loss: "God is great, but sometimes life ain't good. And when I pray, it doesn't always turn out like I think it should. But I do it anyway."
NEWS
March 6, 2003
I just read Janet Eastman's article about the Michael Chabon lecture and had to write ("Where's a Superhero When You Need One?" Feb. 27). I was initially drawn to it because Chabon is my favorite writer. I agree his prose is beautiful, and I remember attending a panel discussion at the Times Festival of Books, in which he was a speaker, with the same sense of expectation Eastman mentions. As when I listen to any writer I admire speak about the craft (one of my favorite things in life)
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