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Art review was sophomoric
As an ardent reader of Style Weekly's Arts & Culture section, I am disappointed that Deborah McLeod's review of 1708's "Monsters & Heroes" exhibit more acutely reveals her own dual nature as a writer/member of the Richmond art community than fully addressing the theme of the show Art, May 16.

In her article "Monstrous Views," McLeod, who could have devoted useful space and thoughtful inquiry to profiling the entire exhibit, adopts the journalistic strategy of obtuse and ostentatious babbling. She does get on with the review only to generously laud those works that are accessible because of their familiarity.

By the time she arrives to the less prominent (and more claustrophobic) areas of the gallery, her approach of competently applying her knowledge to intelligently informing readers regresses. Inaccurate and stingy generalizations are made of Mark Bryant's unique and prolific work.

McLeod completely fails to offer any specific observations on Andrea Brady's complex imagery, and instead forms cowardly dismissals and status-conscious insults.

The article leaves the reader with the conclusion that the writer, who may be capable of eloquent erudition, suffers from a short attention span and, unfortunately, sophomoric favoritism.

Patricia Lyons

Frustrated customer
Finally a voice of the intolerable customer service provided these days Back Page, June 13. My biggest gripe is restaurants. Fast food or not, the service has been incredibly annoying.

I've had a waitress at Ruby Tuesday's tell me flat out "NO" when asked for new utensils for my dessert. I've been to restaurants where the servers/hosts simply ignored me as I stood at the door waiting to be seated, which ultimately made me just leave.

So many times I have been treated by restaurants as though I were an imposition. They forget that my money butters their bread.

Melanie Parrish

Disparage not the Bard
I enjoyed Rosie's article "The King's English." Rosie Right, June 6. And for those detractors of Shakespeare who added more to the King's English than he could ever take away, I offer this extract from "The Story of English" by Robert Crum, William Cran and Robert MacNeil:

"If you cannot understand my argument, and declare 'It's Greek to me,' you are quoting Shakespeare; if you claim to be more sinned against than sinning, you are quoting Shakespeare; if you recall your salad days, you are quoting Shakespeare; if you act more in sorrow than in anger, if your wish is father to your thought you are quoting Shakespeare."

I am not a Shakespeare buff, but I know that he brightened our language considerably, and denigrating his grammar is a bit like castigating Chaucer because he never learned to speak English.

Robert E. Cole

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