For Christ's SakeTo the Editor,
Thank you for what you said about me in the November 1 Skinny. Jesus said, "Blessed are ye when men shall revile you and persecute you and say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake. Rejoice and be exceeding glad for great is your reward in heaven, for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you" (Matthew 5:11, 12).
He also said, "If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you" (John 15:18).
You said that Jerry Falwell is my idol. He is my friend and I thank God for the great work that God has done through his ministries. As a born-again Christian I have no idols. I have a Savior, Jesus Christ, who is also my LORD AND MASTER.
Thank you again for adding to the rewards that are waiting for me at the Judgment Seat of Christ. Your other statements show how little you know of Islam and the Occult world.
--Rev. Bill Bowler
Temple Baptist Church
We've Been SlammedTo the Editor,
Regarding James DiGiovanna's review of 13 Ghosts ["We've Been Slimed," November 1], I take issue with the comment that "F. Murray Abraham dives into his role like he's the reincarnated Vincent Price, only somewhat less gay."
I'm confused. I don' know about F. Murray, but I don't think that Vincent was gay, not that it would matter about either actor. It seems that James is saying that both men are acting gay in their roles. Again, I'm confused. How does one act gay? Is there a formula?
Perhaps DiGiovanna could include an easy-to-follow stereotype guide with his reviews. Then we open-minded folks will know what he means by acting gay, or lesbian, or Italian, or Hispanic, or black or whatever.
Furthermore, the 1960 William Castle film of the same title isn't even referred to in the review. Hey, Jimmy, there might be a connection.
Having no stereotype guide to refer to, I would never imply that DiGiovanna is an uninformed bigot. He just writes like one.
Notoriety and No SexTo the Editor,
I, too, was subjected to James M. Cahalan's poor prose [re: Renée Downing's review of Cahalan's Ed Abbey biography, "Desert Solipsist," November 1]. The little paragraph in which I am quoted makes it sound like I was a chica under alleged sexual chupacabra Ed Abbey's wings. I know this because a girlfriend called me up after reading the book and said, "I didn't know you slept with Ed Abbey!" I didn't know, either. Ed would be surprised too.
Downing did right to refuse an interview with Cahalan. After I got off the phone with him I labeled the conversation boring and wondered why he called. He must have thought the same thing, because the quote in the book is actually from something I published in the Tucson Weekly a dozen years ago, after Ed died. But in his book it reads like I spoke these words to Cahalan directly. In reporting we call this not fair. Cahalan sure writes like a no-talent buzzard.
Sorry to blow such a great image for Ed, but in my limited encounters with Ed Abbey at various social gatherings he was always very polite and always extremely married. I have asked the University of Arizona Press to change or delete the wording should there be any subsequent publications and to acknowledge willingness to correct in a letter to me, regardless. This not-a-chica-in-the-wings advises: Don't trust Cahalan's "research" and don't buy the book. He didn't even spell my name right.
Table DisserviceTo the Editor,
Our family has enjoyed La Placita Café for many years. We enjoy the beautiful, relaxing atmosphere along with the excellent food and beverages.
We felt the Weekly's review by Diza Sauers ["For the Birds," October 11] was harsh and wasn't consistent with our experience. In fact, La Placita Café is many of our out-of-town guests' favorite Tucson restaurant!
--Jody and Frank Comstock