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Hey, thanks for including
the Bridge and Tunnel Club in the Best of Manhattan 2001 (10/3). That was really
cool and I don’t even mind–not at all–being a part of the "Best
Letdown." It’s kind of an honor, actually.

Scott Sendrow,

Slightly Less Easy

I just read your review
of the Bridge and Tunnel Club’s "Songs for Carpetbaggers Come and
Gone" (Best of Manhattan, "Best Letdown"). I must admit I’m
torn. As the band’s bass player and producer, your analysis of the album’s
production quality as "the worst you’ve ever heard" stings quite
a bit. I’m tempted to try to justify it as a DIY project that had absolutely
no budget and relied on what we happened to own for instruments and recording
equipment. But there is no excuse for a bad job, and I’m sure the case
can be made that others have done much better work with the same stuff that
I have. So I’ll just thank you for laying the smackdown on my recording
efforts, and promise that when and if you hear from us again, we’ll do
a better job.

Manlio Loconte,

The Anchor Reads!

Just finished reading your
Best of Manhattan’s "Media & Politics." Wow. So much for
a kinder, gentler New York after the horrors of Sept. 11. Let me get this straight:
if someone expressed an opinion that differs from yours, they are not just wrong.
They are beneath contempt, talentless, a fraud, a has-been, a fuckup or, worst
of all…yikes…a liberal. Jerry Falwell’s got nothing on you guys. A
more hateful, intolerant rant is hard to imagine. Thanks for the healing.

Jim Watkins,

He’s a She, But Anyway…

I was happy to see that
your "Best of" issue nailed the Central Park SummerStage concerts
for the miserable experience they have become ("Best Ruined Concert Series").
Eliminating all entrances and exits but one, setting up this absurd fencing
and practicing restrictive crowd-control tactics have made SummerStage a vivid
example of the dictum that "sometimes free is too much."

Just a couple of other things.
The $5 bins that NYCD puts out on Amsterdam Ave. on weekends are actually $3
bins. And the guy who wrote "Best Place to Work Off a Sunday Night of Heavy
Drinking" is nothing but a major asshole. I know you have always generously
employed major assholes as writers, but that’s okay as long as they stay
inside their homes typing. When they venture out onto the Central Park Reservoir
like this jerk and his friend "Scott" did, they deserve a lot worse
than just getting spit on.

Jean Benoit,

Burlington Code Factory

What is this? "Hunt’s
left-centrist political mumbo-jumbo? Guess what: Hunt isn’t a fan of Jesse
Helms, Newt Gingrich, Tom DeLay, Dick Armey or J.C. Watts (although Watts, because
he’s a Republican "of color," gets off relatively easy)"
(Best of Manhattan, "Best Wall Street Journal Token"). I wonder
how hard you would have to scramble to document this nonsense re Watts. Disgusting.
It always surprises me how many ultraright wingnuts can put two words together.
I’m never surprised, though, at the nefariousness of their meaning.

Casey Chapple,
Burlington, VT

Embracing the Chaos

It greatly amuses me to
see that my friend Kaya Chaos has been named "Best Punk Rock Singer."
Yes, that’s Kaya Chaos, not Kia, although I feel somewhat responsible for
the silly proliferation of names for her because I used to come up with different
names for her daily just to make her laugh. I can’t really claim Kia as
my invention (some silly girl started screaming "Kia! Kia!" at CBGB
one night and I guess George Tabb heard her), but in the past I have called
her Kyra (some lezzie tried to pick her up one afternoon and ran up to her screaming,
"Kyra, Kyra, I wanna fuck you Kyra"–ever the lady, Kaya smiled,
let her down easy and pointed her in the general direction of Meow Mix), Kukla
(that one’s personal between her and me) and Kyle (when she’d want
to kick some stupid guy’s ass).

It has been a pleasure to
watch her blossom into a lovely and talented young woman, and I’m sure
that I’m speaking for many people when I say that Kaya Chaos and the rest
of the Deviant Behavior gang (Pat Pervert, Erica America, Sharkey) are definitely
the best entertainment value going in the city right now. Next time they play
anywhere, don’t walk, run, and wear waterproof clothes. You’ll have
a ball.

Lou Valentine,

Aw, Ma…

I read William Bryk’s
"First Drafts of History" ("Old Smoke," 9/26). It speaks
the truth. Bill Bryk is my son, but I don’t think I am prejudiced in his
favor. I really thought it took guts to criticize The New York Times.

Joy K. Bryk,
Bradenton, FL