By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Anna Merlan
By Lee Escobedo
By Eric Nicholson
Anyway, back to my "Bewitched" motif: let's say we assigned Miller the job of reviewing the shows with Dick Sargent as Darrin. I'm laying $20 that we'd get back about a 1,000-word piece on Dick York's work instead.
Floyd Eggen, Jr.
Worst generation ever
Re: Arnold Wayne Jones' review of the movie Mallrats ["The lost generation," October 26]. I feel I must address his beautifully inserted cheap shot at Generation X: "...bright but unmotivated, knowledgeable but completely without critical guideposts or analytical skills." Mr. Jones wonders if that could be us. Well, I think it's time to finally reveal the truth. Yes! Your worst fears are confirmed, we are the Worst Generation Ever. There is no reason for living.
Despite being raised by the greatest generation ever--the We-Questioned-The-World-Until-We-Didn't-Like-The-Answers Generation--something somehow went mysteriously wrong. "How can they be slackers when we were so beautiful?" I hear many a teary-eyed parent ask. "We just went along with the times without really understanding what it meant. Why can't children today do that?" Oh, but we do! See, folks, these are different times, children are the same as they have been since the beginning of time, but you knew that, didn't you?
In the `60s we questioned things, in the `70s we tried to keep the party alive, in the `80s we withdrew from the issues, and now we're completely dead. Good things are going to come of this! Things like rising anger and frustration and violence. The age-old pastime of vilifying the next generation won't solve this.
We try to do good! I'm sorry if we are so unenthusiastic about carrying on the great lies. Such great lies as "Politics will work--we just need different politicians," or "Religion is the answer--we just need better religion," or best of all, "Money is a good idea--we just need more of it." That's a good parent. You just go on believing that.
So finally, just let me apologize to the naysaying world for Generation X. I'm sorry we are so slack and unmotivated. Despite the fact that the entire planet is crumbling around us, we'll try to please you by keeping up this denial that love will never work. Surely John Lennon was lying when he sang, "Love is the answer/and you know that/for sure."
Dan Peavy's ignorance
In response to a comment by Mike McGee of Dallas [Letters, October 26], I would first like to say that it was very ignorant on his behalf to compare Dan Peavy's ignorance toward all to (black) gangsta rappers. How can someone compare a racist, a bigot, and a basically poor citizen to someone who raps about the hard life and injustice the inner-city blacks have to face in our society today?
Back of the bus
Whatever one can accuse Molly Ivins of, you cannot include uninteresting commentary. I'm referring to the October 26 column about race relations in this country, "A time to listen." Her observation that President Clinton "on race is always worth listening to; it's his best thing" is right on target.
As a white man, I can only deal with racism in myself and my forebears when (and if) I am able to come alongside a black man and feel his pain. In spite of the divisiveness of recent events (O.J. verdict reaction and Farrakhan march), I agree with Ms. Ivins that perhaps we're "closer to liberty and justice for all," but we should not fool ourselves.
Racism is insidious and in our spirit. Note how even Molly declared that if she were a black man, she would have been thinking about "hopping on a bus to Washington for the march." C'mon, Ms. Ivins, when's the last time you took ground transportation to Washington? Is it possible that a black man can fly to D.C. just like you and me?
I'm not being picky: just consider the point...and God help us all.