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Check out letters from those who agreed with us, and those who didn't, on Ricky Martin, the Backstreet Boys' ''Black and Blue,'' and more

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EW readers went loco over Ricky Martin's muy caliente cover (#570, Nov. 24). ”I forgot how to breathe when I saw it. That has to be the sexiest photo I’ve seen in a long time,” pants Susan Milo of Macomb, Mich. Other fans loved Martin body and soul. Writes John Davison from Binghamton, N.Y.: ”You painted a side of Ricky that few knew. I had no idea he’s so in touch with his spiritual side.” For true heat, however, nothing compares to the Backstreet Boys coalition that was steamed over David Browne’s bruising review of Black & Blue. ”They did something not many young musicians have done: worked on the production of their album,” argues Whitney Tripp of Mount Vernon, Iowa. ”This is a huge step that few teen pop artists have taken.”

LATIN LOVERS
Thank You for the article on Ricky Martin (”Man of La Mantra”). It was a good balance of fun and seriousness. The portion of the story where Jeff Gordinier described Martin’s spirituality and yoga ritual with the seriousness it deserved, then turned around and told readers how good-looking he was shirtless, was priceless.
Rakisha White
Yonkers

Bless you, Bettina Rheims, for the photo that taught me the meaning of centerfold-magic. When I opened EW to Ricky Martin’s steamy gaze and leather pants, I dashed for the scissors to cut out my first pin-up in 20 years! All I can say is, whoa, ”I banged!”
Jackie Logan
Keswick, Ontario

Poor little Ricky Martin. While the American media lavish him with enough praise to keep his ego growing strong, his only retreat from media vampires is in spirituality. Never mind the fact that said vampires have helped keep his face on the covers of magazines like EW. I find him about as sexy and appealing as a box of Tide.
Joseph Collins
Binghamton, N.Y.

ER-ROR OF THEIR WAYS
As an ER fan since the beginning, I’m about to turn it off forever. The seemingly over-the-top promos are getting old, as are the unbelievable soap opera plotlines. The episode on Nov. 23 was almost the last straw. Here’s a breakdown of what they tried to do in one episode:
1. Mark’s potential brain abnormality
2. Elizabeth’s pregnancy
3. Elizabeth’s malpractice suit
4. An explosion
5. Dr. Benton’s dealing with the death of his nephew
6. Sally Field’s character’s bipolarism
7. Kerry’s encounter with a lesbian colleague
8. Dr. Chen’s dealing with her pregnancy/family with a possible black child.
The show (needs to) return to its Emmy-award-winning writing again. Or, just get off the air before it embarrasses itself further.
Denise Slaughter
Charlotte, N.C.

BOYS ON THE SLIDE
After your wholehearted embrace of the teenybopper culture, what’s with the dis on the Backstreet Boys’ new album? Granted, maybe some of the lyrics are a little clichéd… were you expecting the White Album? Black & Blue, though, delivers when it comes to rockin’ up-tempos and soaring ballads. It may not take boy-band pop in any new, revolutionary directions, but Black & Blue still showcases the Backstreet Boys at their vocal best.
Juliet Friedman
Washington, D.C.

GRINCH HITTER
The first few paragraphs of the Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas review were right on the money, but Owen Gleiberman overreaches when saying the only other characters to latch on to are those played by Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski, and Taylor Momsen. [They’re] just window dressing and we don’t want them to interfere with the two main reasons viewers came to see this movie: Jim Carrey and the lure of a childhood classic.
Loushon Curtsinger
Columbus, Ohio

WIDE-SCREEN RECEIVER
I wanted to note my shock at Ty Burr’s review of Gladiator. I can’t believe his comments on the wide-screen version of Gladiator. Seeing what the director intended is far more important than having the entire screen filled with the picture.
Ian M. Fisher
Logan, Utah

Correction: In our ”How to Break Into Showbiz” issue (#565) we misidentified William Morris trainees Rashida Leonard and Jenean Palmer. We also misspelled Palmer’s first name. We regret the error.