Calling Agent Smith! While Neo is still ''the One'' for many, several of our readers demanded we unplug from the Matrix following our second cover story (#710, May 16) in a month's time spotlighting the Wachowski brothers' sci-fi sequel. ''Contrary to your article, the Matrix does not own everybody,'' writes Damon Blalack of Norman, Okla. Other pop-culture fans would have preferred to skip the trip to Zion entirely in favor of a sentimental journey through Capeside with Pacey and Joey. ''Although Dawson's Creek wasn't as popular as Buffy, I believe it deserved more page space than you gave it,'' posits Jonathan Daley of Medina, Ohio. In a smackdown of another sort, novelist Dean Koontz checks in with his critique of Scott Brown's examination of Koontz's thriller The Face. Reviewees reviewing reviewers? It's all getting just a little too meta for us.
I can understand EW's enthusiasm for The Matrix Reloaded (''The Neo Wave''). It's without a doubt one of the biggest movies released in theaters since The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. But I was extremely disappointed when I received my EW in the mail (a full week before the film's release) and on the cover were spoilers of key plot points! You do a disservice to all your readers who want to go into the movie without knowing what they'll see. GEOFFREY KLEINMAN firstname.lastname@example.org Portland, Ore.
Brink It On
I think it's fantastic EW is giving much-needed press to ''10 Bands on the Brink,'' but I was disappointed that none of the bands were in the dance/electronic-music genre. Here's my list of electronic artists who should have made the cut: 1. Lasgo, ''Alone'' 2. Lange, ''Don't Think It (Feel It)'' 3. Tina Ann, ''In My Dreams'' 4. Sir Ivan, ''San Francisco'' 5. Cooler Kids, ''All Around the World'' MIKE ANDREWS email@example.com San Francisco
Thank you so much for putting the Distillers on your ''10 Bands on the Brink'' list! Finally, a true punk band with a true punk chick in their band (unlike that Avril Lavigne poseur) is getting recognized for doing what they love to do! I admire Brody Armstrong not just because she writes her own songs but because she has that f -- -off attitude and she kicks ass! JEANETTE GIL Chicago
I have read your magazine for years and applaud your commitment to Joss Whedon's wonderful creation, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. You can imagine my hurt when I realized that the Buffy goodbye (''Thanks for the Angst'') encompassed little more than two pages. For all the laughs, tears, and heartwarming moments Buffy has given us for seven years, I felt Buffy was entitled to a spectacular farewell, and I was sure EW would deliver that. I hope there is something more in the future, but if not, thanks for the constant support. SHANNA WILEY Voorheesville, N.Y.
Making Dean's List
I was delighted by Scott Brown's review of my novel The Face (Books, #712, May 30). Considering that comic elements, not least of all satire, have been part of many (not all) of my books, and considering that previous EW reviewers have been clueless to this fact, I'm surprised to be called a master satirist and compared to Jonathan Swift in your pages. I wonder that Mr. Brown didn't realize that the villain's surname -- Laputa -- is indeed borrowing from Swift (the name of the imaginary flying island in Gulliver's Travels) and that direct Swiftian references appear by the score in my pages. One of my favorite writers is the late Richard Condon (The Manchurian Candidate, Prizzi's Honor), who proved that suspense and satire work brilliantly in combination. Mr. Brown is somewhat confused about exactly what is being satirized; he suggests that satire and serious intent are separate things, when they are not, and he uses the words satire and parody interchangeably, which he should not. Nevertheless, he notes what has eluded others at EW, and I will happily use his lovely blurb. DEAN KOONTZ Newport Beach, Calif.