SF Weekly Letters July 10-16, 2013

Summer Burn

Writers need to revisit the other side of the bay: The Summer Guide 2013 has some great suggestions, but the portrayal of the East Bay was seriously disappointing ["Reasons to Cross the Bay Bridge..." SF Weekly Staff, 6/26]. Talk about perpetuating stereotypes. Wine tasting to try to get over the idea that Oakland is a "class-less civilization"? Breakfast with an "Oakland gangster" to be found in east or west Oakland? Even the suggestion to visit the Oakland Museum of California was demeaning by suggesting it's worth the trip only because the SFMOMA is closed. I expect the descriptions of East Bay attractions to be better in future publications. And don't blame it on ignorance either. The East Bay Express has plenty of contributors who are knowledgeable and passionate about all the exciting things happening on the other side of the bay.

Mayra Mendoza

Media's Infatuations

Michelle Shocked story gives insight into the media: I always wonder how much money a cult-level artist like Michelle Shocked makes ["The Quote-Unquotable Whole Michelle Shocked Thing," Ian S. Port, Music, 6/28]. I found the story interesting; I have been fascinated with the relationship between media and their subjects since we were all led to a war with chatter heads from all walks of media. While in the world of celebrity, Shocked is not even as relevant as the inventor of the mood ring, I found this story interesting as to how the media is interested in getting in bed with another sexually confused homophobic Christian.


Blog Comments of the Week

Reader supports the BART union in its strike: As a regular rider of all public transportation, I support the strike and hope others see that these workers are also supporting riders by calling out the bosses. [Management] collects its obscene paychecks at the public's expense ["Not Just BART, But Pretty Much the Whole Damn City of Oakland Is Going on Strike," Erin Sherbert, the Snitch, 6/28].


Another reader wants the strike to be over already: These are some of the highest paid transit workers, most of whose jobs don't even require a $150K college degree to sit in a booth and push buttons, and they have health care and benefits above and beyond most privately employed people in this city. Their greedy strike action is only going to hurt all of the other middle class people trying to get by. This strike is B.S. and so are the crybabies behind it.


Reader left with more questions after reading blog post: I notice SF Weekly never denies that Todd Vogt offered Michelle Shocked a story if she bought an ad ["Michelle Shocked Interview: No, Todd Vogt Does Not Tell SF Weekly What to Publish," SF Weekly Staff, the Snitch, 6/26]. Can the paper refute that claim? It doesn't matter that SF Weekly didn't run a cover story or hadn't planned one, because Michelle Shocked refused the deal, so Todd Vogt never had the chance to go to his editors and demand a story, as he did when he messed with Tim Redmond at the San Francisco Bay Guardian and demanded that the SFBG not endorse Christina Olague. So the column-length defense of the paper's boss — a man who knows nothing about journalism — rings false and jejune and pathetic.



In last week's issue we incorrectly identified the co-founder of Against Equality's last name ["Speak Now," Kate Conger, News, 7/3]. The co-founder's name is Yasmin Nair. SF Weekly regrets the error.


In the 6/26 issue's Night & Day preview of the screening of the film The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things, we wrote that Laura Albert's J.T. LeRoy stories were discovered to be fictitious. In fact, they were published as fiction, though as we clarified online, some people considered the books to contain nonfiction elements of the life of LeRoy, who turned out to be fictional.

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