As for “Cinemas Closing: Hard but Right Call” by film critic Justin Chang [March 22]: Thanks, thank you, thank you for a much needed laugh this Sunday morning. The first paragraph describing Justin Chan’s memorable moments during a screening of “Bridge of Spies” made my family cry with laughter.
We needed it. I hope for a quick opening of the cinemas soon.
Congratulations to Jay Clendenin for the amazing photo of the ArcLight cinemas. It is so colorful and happy, especially with the reflection.
Rancho Palos Verdes
To handle quarantine
Thanks for theater critic Charles McNult’s insightful work [“Mastering the Art of Doing Nothing,” March 22]. He articulated exactly the insights I gained during this crisis.
I have witnessed families, mothers, fathers, children and pets and spent more time together. Go, talk and play outside. I feel in some way that this is the universe’s way of correcting the imbalances in our modern lives. I look forward to doing nothing and trying to see what happens.
I think this acutely inspirational essay should have been titled “Mastering the Art of Cogitation”, which is usually analogous to doing nothing but in the company of no one. Cogitation is an art that is in drastic decline when we allow technology to think.
Yes, “creativity depends on quietness” because culture depends on slowness, which are habits that are anathema to society’s obsession for instant gratification.
I teach students in high school and I always share with them things Charles McNulty writes. I plan to copy and paste this column today into our Google Classroom. We planned to present “Into the Woods” next week. Unfortunately we are like everyone else down there and it is very difficult for our students.
Thanks to my heart to Charles McNulty. I have long been looking for a good description of the crazy city. And “get a quick ticket when you’re on your way to a yoga class at lunch” says almost everything. Excellent.
Dr. Michael Esser
Charles McNult’s column refers us to the maximum of Blaise Pascal: “All humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”
Right, Mr. Pascal.
Paul L. DuNard Jr.
Different perceptions about the doors
As for “They don’t light his fire” [March 22]: As a lifelong disciple of the doors, I sure hope that Mikael Wood succeeds in trying to like them.
But don’t accuse Jim Morrison of being humorless. The same man who was arrested on stage in New Haven and called for a riot in the Singer Bowl in New York once admonished an audience that was too loud during a quiet episode of “When the Music’s Over” by asking, “Now, is that something way to behave at a rock ‘n’ roll concert? “
Mikael Wood doesn’t understand that the doors talked to us. Morrison’s unfaithfulness and apparent anger permeated the age. Sitting in a crap army barracks and listening to “Light My Fire” was visceral then, and all these years later, muscle memory is still alive.
You can “OK Boomer” anything you want but anyone who would tick off Ed Sullivan still talks to me and deserves our thanks.
I have a suggestion for Mikael Wood. He should follow the advice of his colleague Randall Roberts and “take the time to listen, really listen” [“The Lost Art of Deep Listening,” March 22].
I wish Mikael Wood well, but in the future he should really stick to what he knows, pop music and leave classical rock to all of us who have been touched by the geniuses of rock ‘n’ roll and how they weaved their poetry into their music and to the times we stayed in.
I appreciate Mikael Wood for trying to understand us.
But if he did not get the brilliance of Jim’s metaphor for LA as a woman, he certainly would not get “motel, money, murder, madness, change the mood from happy to sad”, which was a reference to the sentiment under Charles Manson madness.
Keep listening, dude, you can remember.
John Densmore, The Doors
Bravo to Mark Swed for his column on streaming concerts [“Can’t Get to Concerts? No Need for FOMO (Fear of Missing Out),” March 22]. I was just watching OperaVision s video of “Spring Storms” – amazing.
In addition, his other suggestions for streaming concerts are to replace canceled performances. We lose half of L.A. Phil’s “Baroque Variations” season for COVID-19.
YouTube is not mentioned by Swed (where “Spring Storms” hosts) and its endless collection of recorded concerts. My favorite recently discovered is the Paris Opera version of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.” And then there are the Dutch Bach Society’s “All of Bach” performances.
As for “Bassoon Went From Beyoncé to” Star Wars “by Tim Greiving [March 19]: Maestro Parnther’s bassoon is in the thieves’ cutting fire. The police lack the resources to study every farmer ticket for this article. It can be traded several times before it makes money. There is hope. LA. Phil’s Stradivarius cello was returned.
When my SUV stole, my daughter’s college lender, a Kanstul who marched the French horn, was in it. The car was stopped six weeks later in good condition. The instrument was not there. The marching French horn was found in a pawn shop two years later by Phil Roa, a teacher in the middle school band’s teacher, who was looking to buy instruments for his students. He knew about theft from the local music community.
I feel bad for the loss of Parnther’s bassoon. It reminds me of the story of a musician leaving his trombone in the back seat of his car just for a minute, only to return to find his window broken and three trombones in the back seat.
Back to the Aussie rules
Re: “Season Aborted: Virus Slams ESPN Hard” by Stephen Battaglio and Meg James [March 19]: Some of us may remember the first days of ESPN when there were some live sports. Australian rules football, rolling, traction were aired on a continuous loop interrupted only by “SportsCenter.”
Let’s hope it doesn’t get too bad.
Thank you for printing the letters that support the repetitions of “Doonesbury” and “Peanuts.” [“Calendar Feedback: Long Live Schulz and ‘Peanuts’,” March 22].
However, a letter writer took the opportunity to also suggest that “9 Chickweed Lane” be replaced. Maybe the letter writer doesn’t get that strip, but if you get more than a clever look you would see that it is one of the few that celebrate friendship and love. Don’t we need more of it in these times?
William C. Turner
Can’t we just agree?
As for “Calendar Feedback:” President’s Response [March 22]: Can’t we put aside some partial criticism and hatred for a while and focus on what’s really important in these difficult times?
Although his words were “right on,” the letter writer didn’t like the look on Trump’s face and the tone of his voice.
Can you just, for once, give the guy a break? Perhaps he is exhausted from working around the clock and trying to deal with a situation that threatens the life and economy of this great nation.
It’s time to get together as Americans and end with the hateful riveting.