By On the occasion of our 20th anniversary
By Gustavo Arellano
By R. Scott Moxley
By Alfonso Delgado
By Courtney Hamilton
By Joel Beers
By Peter Maguire
By Charles Lam
'Way to Work That Story Like a Mo-fo'
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Britt Craig, Director, Campo Minutemen, via e-mail
Love the way this guy writes [Dave Segal's Locals Only, "Cat Party," July 11].
Dawn New, via e-mail
This goober highbrows on as if a limited range of dynamics is a bad thing. Ever heard of less is more in music? His metaphors are so full of dynamism, they're gonna get him a gig with The New Yorker soon. Hey, Segal, go download another Fall Out Boy song to your iPod and jog in place on your stairmaster, ever advancing toward the profound unoriginality of phrases like "but for what they are, they're effective." What are they? Just say it! Maybe you think you already did, indicating how derivative they are, and this is your little cherry on top, delivered like a DMV employee who likes to tear the wings off flies. If I hear another critic belch this tired-ass statement without explaining it, I'm hacking them up with a box cutter.
Rick Kaley, via e-mail
LOVE AND HATE
I suppose it's a defense attorney's job to do everything he can to [exonerate] his client [R. Scott Moxley's "Hate and Death," July 18]. That's how the justice system is set up, so that when someone is executed, those involved in the process can be confident they considered everything carefully. That said, why is it that in order to prove a hate crime, there has to be evidence of some prejudice against a person's race/sexual orientation or other defining characteristic? Can't someone just hate the world per se? I remember reading about this killing before they caught the guy, and from the description of the crime scene alone, it was obvious whoever did it had a tremendous amount of rage.
Joseph Bourdeau, via e-mail
Great work as always, Scott. Way to work that story like a mo-fo.
B. Lamb, via e-mail
Thank you, R. Scott Moxley, for writing these articles. I was completely engrossed by your writing, and I applaud you for continuing this line of work. Sadly, I feel that many people just don't care, and I can only imagine how you must have felt witnessing that young boy bleed out as your first assignment ["Web Exclusive: A Case From the Past Haunts Reporter," July 18]. Thank you for sticking to the job because you're helping to shine light on topics that people should know more about. The details of the case disgust me, but I hope that justice will be served this summer.
Han Fang, via e-mail
I actually got chills reading this story. At times, I felt like I was standing next to the killer. You've also reminded me how important it is to hug my grandchildren and tell them I love them because you never know when some hate-filled freak is going to come along and take an innocent life. For that, I thank you.
K. Johnson, via e-mail
It's great to see you actively promoting a business whose mantra is to provide a great environment to get your nails done, but it's obvious that the writer, Vickie Chang, overlooked something crucial to her story: Even if spa liners are used to "cover" the basin (something that holds water for a pedicure service), the basin itself must still be cleaned and disinfected with an EPA-registered, hospital-level disinfectant [Trendzilla, July 18].
Liners, although you might think they are safer, do not stop bacteria and germs from being passed from one customer to the next. Obviously, the liners must be changed after each customer, but how do you stop the contaminated water from "splashing" out and contaminating the surface areas around it? Needless to say, before you write a story such as this, a lot of research must be done in order for you to report accurately and correctly to your readers. With that said, "liners" do not work—never in the medical field and still not in the beauty world, where even the beauty techs, nail techs, etc. need to be aware of basic infection-control protocols.
Alex, via e-mail
MUSIC EDITOR WANTED
OC Weeklyhas an immediate opening for a music editor. Chief qualifications are a strong writing voice, sharp line-editing skills, a wide range of musical interests, and a passion for covering the vibrant OC/LBC scene. Duties include assigning, writing for and editing the print music section, as well as leading our online musical coverage. We offer competitive salaries and benefits. Interested candidates should send a résumé and clips to: Andy Van De Voorde, Executive Associate Editor, P.O. Box 5970, Denver, CO 80217. No phone calls, please.