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Week of Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Roller Derby's Dark Past

The pink belly of terror: I remember Amy Jo Stewart (aka Stitches Stew) from junior high ["B.A.D. Girls," June 1]. She used to trip me and then sit on my chest and give me a pink belly until I would shout out, "Amy Jo rocks!" Then she would take my lunch money. She terrorized this shy, skinny teen for over a year.

She was hell on wheels even back then. I'm glad to hear she now has a suitable outlet for her aggression, [one that] provides entertainment instead of fear.

Aaron Rothenburger
Tempe, Ariz.

Groupie of One

Do we look like a dating service? Well, come to think of it ...: Nathaniel Eaton wrote a great piece ["Image Consciousness," June 8] on the photographer Michael Garlington. The art is hauntingly beautiful, the man a modern-day Neal Cassady. I look forward to seeing his stuff in person.

A good-looking bad boy WITH talent ... single? Hmmm, I would be his groupie any old day, with or without the "chick magnet" van and the cream sauces.

Kristina [last name withheld]
Richmond District

Mild Abandon vs. Red Meat

If people are going to start sending in reasonable letters respectfully disagreeing with us, we're going to have an awfully hard time thinking up snappy bold-face lead-ins: I think you should reconsider your new comic Mild Abandon. The art lacks a persuasive aesthetic. The content is stale. The overall visual/ intellectual impact of the comic is flat and lifeless.

Please bring back Red Meat. The humor in Red Meat might sometimes be offensive and/or repulsive, but at least it's funny, at least the artist has some sense of design and a visually engaging aesthetic.

Brad Wright


Musicians on the move: I am a student at the S.F. Conservatory of Music mentioned in the article ["The World on a String," April 20]. Thank you for featuring our school (and my good friend David!) and portraying an accurate depiction of the experience of being a music student in a major conservatory. However, I strongly disagree with the assumption that we as music students have an "unlikely goal" and that the "statistical likelihood of playing violin in a full-time, professional orchestra is about one-third that of an NCAA Division I linebacker playing football for a full-time, professional team."

Yes, it is a highly competitive field. But there are many students here, David certainly, who will have fine musical careers if that is what they desire. It is a struggle to win a job, but if one tries hard enough and refuses to give up hope, it can be done. I just recently won a position in the Tokyo Symphony, which is a full-time major orchestra in Japan. I am only one of many of my friends in conservatories all across the nation who are winning good jobs while still in school. Even if one does not get a major full-time job, there are still many ways to have a rich and fulfilling career teaching or playing studio gigs or in part-time orchestras. Nowadays many of these ensembles are first rate!

Adelle-Akiko Kearns
Outer Sunset


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