Your article "Look at This Fucking Hipster Wedding" (May 27, 2011) made me laugh and feel good. I'm 42, happily married, with no kids, but I've got the house and dog and yard and whatnot. I didn't understand hipsterism until I read your article, and it's a guilty pleasure to relish your delicious demolition of the generation that replaced mine when I had to stop being my own man-child. Or maybe it's the generation that replaced the generation that replaced mine — whatever, screw that shit. I can still play with my robots.
PS — Our wedding had a mariachi band. Booyah!
I was saddened by the vicious and vituperative review of Silver Spoon by Ed Siegel ("Oy! Silver Spoon is no Waiting for Lefty," June 3, 2011, Arts). It is unfortunate when a reviewer lacks not only objectivity but also a fundamental inability to perceive the obvious strengths of the production. I saw the musical this past weekend and was quite impressed by the cast overall. Rena Baskin and Peter Haydu were excellent — charming and engaging in their respective roles. Edward T. Hall has a beautifully trained singing voice, expressive and precise. I will grant that Kara Manson is weakest of the cast, primarily because of pitch problems with her singing.
Failing to mention the strength of some of the songs, the solemnity and depth of "Washington Square," about the Triangle factory disaster of 1911, or the cultural issues addressed in "Vichyssoise" or "People Like Us," is not giving justice to the show. When a baffling but deep-seated hostility overpowers professional judgment, and it is clear in this case it does, the reader is left misguided and uninformed.
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