The best intentions: You kind of miss the point. Yes, [author] Dave Eggers is a bit of a superstar and receiving a lot of attention ["Scrambled Eggers," Dog Bites, Aug. 14]. He's an easy target right now for critics like yourself. I volunteer at 826 Valencia and attended the benefit. I made the same observations you did about the crowd at Lux. But isn't it all just a reflection on star-gazers and hangers-on? How does it reflect negatively on him, as you imply? He is taking the money he makes and using it for good, this is undeniable. How many people do that? I believe that he is uncomfortable with his fame and the constant attention it generates. The fools who forked over 35 bucks to just see "him" ended up donating to Youth Speaks and 826, regardless of their intentions.
So many targets, so little time: Of all the targets in this city who are truly worthy of ridicule, it's baffling that SF Weekly would instead choose to print a nasty little attack piece about Youth Speaks and 826 Valencia -- two nonprofit organizations that provide San Francisco kids and teens with a badly needed space to find their own creative voices. It's hard enough for arts nonprofits to find funding these days, even without their donors being referred to in print as "[r]ich white assholes." Next time, why not direct the mean-spirited gossip toward someone who deserves it (Gray Davis, Willie Brown, PG&E)?
We will, unless we run out of words: Just noticed the new Jonesin' crossword -- it's a great new addition! I love it -- I sure hope you keep running that.
A dance debate: I was quite confused by your piece on "Diabolik" [Pop Philosophy, Aug. 7]. I think we were at different events. You missed some obvious points: Regardless of your own inability to distinguish between songs -- and how you miss the hooks in, say, the Move I can't understand -- there was quite a variety of styles played. The crowd seemed to recognize much and enjoy all of them: The dance floor was packed from beginning to end. As someone who has organized similar events in the past and is usually found hanging around the DJ booth, I think it's cool when clubgoers come up and ask about a song that was just played. Why play hits? Why not challenge people a bit? I think Wayne Manor was complimenting you by not playing Jacques Dutronc. Isn't it interesting to hear Les Fleurs de Pavot or Les 5 Gentlemen in a club? How often does that occur?
Nothing funny about comics: We support Brian Hibbs' claims in this matter ["The Fanboy Crusade," Bay View, Aug. 7, on a local comic-book store owner who is suing Marvel Comics for $18 million]. Marvel Comics needs to see the light. We, the retailers, are their friends, not the enemies. Try to grow up Marvel Comics. Be a good company and listen to the retailers.
You know how new converts are. Now he's trying to turn us all into botanists: Thank you, Matt, for a great article that reads like a story of personal conversion ["The Nature of Politics," Matt Smith, July 24]. You went on a hike with San Francisco's No. 1 naturalist, Jake Sigg, who opened up the tiny remnant world of native plants in San Francisco. You really conveyed the delight of discovery as you looked with Jake at the carpet of wondrous plants beneath your feet. I wish that others had as open a mind as you, instead of being polarized by the dog-walker and tree-hugger bullies who seem to have the ear of some of our supervisors and want to extinguish this living museum of our natural past.
Mary Anne Miller
A neighborhood going to the dogs: Thank you for your accurate representation and intelligent comments regarding what has become a destructive campaign by a small group of dog owners to control the parks and natural areas of our city. I have watched my neighborhood park be controlled by up to 30 large off-leash dogs and their at-a-distance, rude owners. Most children and adults use the park with a wary eye for what could be a frightening experience.
There have been two small children attacked and bitten in parks this summer that I have heard about. (So far, not in my park.) This is inexcusable. Our city needs to come up to the standard of every other U.S. city with an enforced leash law. Instead we get the interference of our supervisors.
Equally dismaying is the situation you detail related to our natural areas. What little is left needs to be preserved. Thank goodness for people like Jake Sigg.
Sure, spoil all our fun: Matt Smith's article was in many respects refreshing in its approach. I appreciated that Mr. Smith brought out the more sympathetic side of the "plant people." I would have liked, however, to have seen more about those of us who respect all life and want very much to find a middle ground where hostility and self-interest take a back seat to the real issues.
The time has come (OK, it's been here a while, waiting for us to notice) for us to shoulder the responsibility for our ancestors' actions. The time has come for us to do this together. The time has come for us to consider the validity in each other's perspectives. This is why I support the democratization of the process. My hope is that we can all put aside our insecurities and our defensive postures and focus on what is truly at stake here, the future.
Anger management: Thank you for your fine work on this article. I hope it is widely distributed among decision-makers. I, for one, can hardly believe the misplaced anger directed toward those interested in protecting and restoring the tiny remnants of nature in the city.
Half Moon Bay
A dog's life: Though we are dog lovers, my partner and I have chosen not to have one in the city. Despite Matt Smith's fascinating article and the spate of responses, I am still confused as to why the rights of those who do own dogs here trump those of everybody else.
Andrew H. Ogus