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Letters for February 1-7, 2007

Faux-ny Accent

As you may know, faux ain't no animal: In Ashley Harrell's article "Show Me the Munny" (January 25), I was quoted as saying that my Cosplay Kitten Munny was made with real "fox" hair. This is very incorrect! I would never bring or condone harm to any animal in the creation of art. I did say that I used "faux" fur for the hair, but somewhere along the way, your reporter confused the word. It may have been my mispronunciation of the French word or your reporter's limited knowledge of textiles and manufacturing.

As you may know, faux materials are synthetic products that resemble the imitated items as closely as possible, in this case animal fur. Let me assure you and your readers that no animals, especially small woodland creatures, were harmed in the creation of my Munny or in any of my art. I may have, on a rare occasion, punched Mr. Toodles, my imaginary skunk ape, in frustration, but he likes it.



Natalie Wood

Coral Springs

Editor's note: Ashley Harrell twice asked Wood if the fur on her Munny toy was "real fox fur." Both times, Wood answered yes, even after Harrell made it obvious that she was surprised at Wood's answer. At no time did Wood use the word faux.

Why didn't you pitch my favorite cause? I just wanted to say that I was let down that the "Show Me the Munny" article didn't really say anything at all about the show benefiting the Humane Society of Broward County. It just rambled on about some interesting Munny [dolls] and all, but a lot was really just word clutter.

Did anyone even know it was benefiting pets, because I didn't even see one artist who had a pet theme? It would have been great if you could have gotten some of America's most talented pet artists, like Ron Burns, Blue Dog man, or Nathan Janes of Pop ARF, to participate. You could have really been able to play off their importance to art and animals and had an amazing show then. Oh well, I guess ya get what ya get.

James Hollister

Coconut Creek

One Man's Voluptuous

For some, face hamburger is unappetizing in the extreme: I saw Pan's Labyrinth this weekend. I wish I hadn't. The sadistic violence made Reservoir Dogs' cruelty and torture look a Disney classic. J. Hoberman's review, "Magic Touch" (January 11), is entirely misleading in this regard.

I just cannot understand the suggestion he makes that "Pan's Labyrinth might be too cruel and bloody for children, although kids would surely appreciate its exquisite yuckiness." Does Hoberman think it is just a little "yucky" to see a man's face beaten in with a hammer? Is Hoberman including in the region of "voluptuously detailed" imagery the face of the captain sliced in half? Or the pathetic motion of the wounded guerrilla soldier trying to push away the gun that soon destroys his face?

Would you like some more "voluptuous" details? C'mon, Hoberman, even an art-house movie can be criticized on the grounds that the vision is depraved of humanity, not "magic realism." And moviegoers who might prefer their entertainment aesthetic to be something other than that of the abattoir, a "voluptuous" word for a slaughterhouse as seen from the eyes of a child, should be warned.

Tom Ferstle

Miami Shores

Just the Facts

The best music has teeth: Regarding "Stellar Implosion" on Rock Star Supernova (Live Wire, January 11) by Nate Seltenrich: You wouldn't know good music if it bit you on your face. Keep your subjective comments to yourself, and stop pretending to be a valuable critic.

Daniel Binkier


Think About It, Scribe

The subtle gradations of an unhappy situation: For what it's worth, I think you may have misquoted me in your article about the Loved Ones that ran on January 18 ("Shrinking Trio," Cole Haddon). I believe I told you that "there were some things that were really unfair for me and Mike, and it led to a pretty unhappy situation," not "there were some things for me and Mike that over time led to a pretty unhappy situation." It's a subtle but important difference. I also told you I'm really proud of everything the band has accomplished, but I see that you chose to omit that, presumably because it doesn't fit with your portrayal of me as cold and unfeeling in this matter. I don't agree with that, but fair enough that you give the story your personal perspective.

Michael Cotterman

Washington, D.C.

Butch Again

Old football controversies never die: "Runaway Coaches" (Bob Norman, January 11) reminds me of the deception perpetrated by Butch Davis on the University of Miami [where he was coach from 1995 to 2000 before quitting to coach the Cleveland Browns] and the public.

Allan Appel



Last week, Bob Norman reported about a woman who died in April when she was given a massive overdose of the drug Dilantin at Broward General Medical Center. However, the woman's name should have been spelled Michelene Woodin, not Goodin. New Times regrets the error.

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