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This Week: An NYU student gets a new understanding of Condi Rice; Armond White gets a few licks; sounds like love for Mark Blankenship’s advice column “Sounds Like a Plan”; and a reader discovers Paul Krassner’s writing in our archives and has a few choice words.
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Sistah Soul
I would like to commend Jamaal Young for his article, “My Sistah in the Struggle” (Nov. 12-18). I could really relate to the article: Jamaal explained Condoleezza Rice from the perspective of a young and progressive Democrat. He clarified the context of how she rose in the Republican party—something I never quite understood. The article also offered great ideas of how the Republicans could live and learn from their mistakes, which I think should be heard by influential conservative members (the “My Bad” tour especially, haha). Great article!

—Crystal Boyd, NYU Undergrad


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Serial Mistake
Armond White makes a common mistake [in his review of Quantum of Solace] (“Rough Trade,” Nov. 12-18): The James Bond films are a movie series, not a “movie serial.” Movie serials were usually 15-minute films shown over a number of weeks the viewer would have to keep coming back to for the whole story.

—Patrick Lozito, Brooklyn


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Soul Kissed
Are you kidding me? You actually let Armond White write about Soul Man (“Our Soul Man,” Nov. 12-18) as if it were a respected film and has anything to do with Barack Obama’s candidacy or election? I know people seem to love to hate the guy, but this almost goes without saying: He’s an idiot. I’ve (begrudgingly) watched that movie dozens of times when it was re-run on cable, but I can never take it seriously. It’s one of the stupidest things I’ve ever been subjected to (let’s not discuss why I go through the misery, it’s just one of those things). Anyway, Armond, I hope you enjoyed your little mental masturbation because that’s exactly what it was. Shame, shame.

—Tony Kranzt, NY


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Blast from the Past


Paul Krassner’s autobiographical column (from Aug. 19, 2003) seemed to contain more than a few anecdotes seemingly designed to enhance his stature (warning: writers may be smaller than they appear)... As a subscriber to The Realist in the early ’60s, my recollection of the “One Nation Under God” poster was a bearded deity on top of the Statue of Liberty...but Alzheimers and Jack Daniel’s do funny things to one’s mind.


—Lionel Libson, Camden, Maine


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