Millennium Mess [November 1999]
We Know When to Party
Hurray! I've been arguing this point all year - with very little
success. It seems so blatantly simple, I just couldn't understand how
otherwise intelligent people could be so ... well, stupid! All my
family members, including three university-educated grown children,
refused to acknowledge that the new millennium does not, in fact, begin
until January 1, 2001. My husband believes, and argues, that I must be
the stupid one, since popular consensus goes against me on this issue.
Well, I don't think so - but what the hey ... I've just decided to
give in, and celebrate twice! I KNOW that this December 31st we will
actually be celebrating the coming of the LAST YEAR of the last century
in this current millennium - and that NEXT December 31st (2000) will
be the very last day of the 20th century, thus ushering in the third
millennium. The commercial end of this thing will be milked for all
it's worth! Anyhow, thanks for putting OUR perspective in clear,
concise, no-brainer terms! I'm going to be sending copies to several
friends and relatives! viewpoint.
As Simple as 1, 2, 3
Hey, I'm glad you wrote an article about this millennium in 2000 thing. It's
a pet peeve of mine as well. The worst part is that "smart" people/companies
are doing it - CNN, A&E, The Learning Channel, encyclopedia companies. I go
to the book store and see "Millennium Edition" books, even a local elementary
school I just found out has had a poster counting down to the "new
millennium" in order to teach the kids math/counting! It makes for great
irony that they miscounted in an attempt to teach counting, but it also makes
me quite angry. I'm hoping, and thinking as well, that we'll see millennium
talk next year as well - from the smarter people.
Thank you SOOO much for printing this article.
I have been laughing for a long time (and have started to wonder if I
was crazy) since I was one of the very few people who said that the new
millennium didn't start until Jan 1, 2001.
I am glad to know that this magazine, unlike the rest of the Western
Hemisphere, has enough intelligence to realize when the new millennium
Fight Club review
Your description of the organization that Tyler Durden raises in the
last part of Fight Club as "fascist" is an intellectually sloppy
misnomer. Fascism has a meaning, and that meaning is NOT "anything
violent and undesirable." If anything, Durden's group is anarchist in
nature, which is about as far from fascism as you can get.
For Love of the Game review
This is the first review I've read by you, so I don't mean to single you out
particularly. But, I am troubled by the slash and burn mentality of present
day media's film critics.
I'd like to make a case for the long view. In general, I think film
critics make judgements based on one viewing of a film, and they quite
naturally compare the film to whatever else is currently out there. They do
not look at a film and think about where it fits in a body of work and
whether or not it shows maturity on the part of the film maker and the cast.
Here is how I test a film: how will this film look to me in ten years? Will
it still have an impact on me, or will the message be subverted by hip
style, foolish dialogue, unnatural performances or amateurish special
effects, etc. An example of this is Titanic and L. A. Confidential. One
viewing of Titanic told me that the cadavers bobbing about in the tank would
look ridiculously unreal in ten years; L. A. Confidential style is never
going to obscure the intricate and painful story. No comparison about which
film has legs.
I think Kevin Costner, perhaps even inadvertently, is creating a statement
about American culture that is admirable and film critics are so captivated
by this slash and burn mentality, they are missing it. Take a look at his
films, and see what they say about American society and our culture: they
explore cherished, important and often troubling aspects of the American
experience, the institutions of our government and the glue that holds
together our society.
When you look at For Love of the Game this way, the long view, it looks
different. It looks like a pretty decent contribution to a body of work
that is ongoing, so let's stay with Costner and Rami, and see where they are
I am often looking at the variety of magazines to be found on the
Internet and have found Renaissance to be a damn good one...Complete
rubbish. Clearly a magazine to avoid...Just a note to say you have a
fine, insightful and well written magazine here...I have read a
significant number of the poems you have published, delving into the
archives, and found the majority of them to be of far less
accomplishment than the prose pieces in your magazine, from the reviews
to the essays...I found the article mildly amusing but not necessarily
worthy of any special attention.