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Check out letters from those who agreed with us, and those who didn't, on Christopher Guest, Lenny Kravitz's ''Again,'' and more

Mail from our readers

Guess everybody is a critic. Our News & Notes report on the withholding of CDs and movies from reviewers had readers giving artists a thumbs-down. ”[So] Limp Bizkit delayed the release of their new album to reviewers until the last minute,” says Jim Taylor of Wyandotte, Mich. ”Are [they] figuring out what Metallica have known all along? Napster isn’t music-sharing.” But Moneil Patel of Redwood Shores, Calif., just wants to know why we need ‘em at all: ”Perhaps movie studios aren’t providing early previews because they’re tired of ‘armchair’ directors.” Now who’s being critical?

The Best Man
He writes, he directs, he acts, he composes music, and he is the master of comic subtlety. So why isn’t the multitalented Christopher Guest on the cover of every entertainment magazine in the nation? Beats me. But quite frankly, Guest’s seeming lack of press popularity makes an article like the one EW ran all the more rewarding for die-hard fans like myself.
Abbey Andersen
Beaverton, Ore.

Smart Set
It was with pleasure that I read Dave Karger’s article titled ”Homo Sweet Home” about the Will & Grace set. It gave me satisfaction to read how Karger reported on our profession of set decoration [and] the work of set decorator Melinda Ritz, SDSA, and production designer Glenda Rovello. Our entire membership thanks and applauds Karger and EW for this accurate and informative article.
Robinson Royce
Set Decorators Society of America
Hollywood

Then, ”Again”
On behalf of all Lenny Kravitz fans, I must say I was disappointed with the review that was given for his latest single, ”Again”. I completely disagree with the critical opinion that he has ripped off sounds of the ’60s and ’70s. Lenny Kravitz has a style all his own and he should be applauded for combining sounds from different eras. His music is influenced by these decades, and those who cannot tell the difference between influenced music and ripped-off music wouldn’t appreciate his unique style.
Jeame Marroquin
Great Neck, N.Y.

The Running Man
Ken Tucker’s review of The Fugitive was right on. Just like the original show, you’re captivated until the end when you can finally sit back and gasp, ”I never thought he’d get out of that one!” And thanks for the reference to the MAD parody in 1964. I’ve been searching my collection for weeks looking for it.
David Lubin
Tampa