Whoosh! Issue 33 - 
June 1999
Letters to the Editor




San Francisco Convention

Date: Tue, 25 May 1999
From: beth
Subject: Re: San Francisco Convention

I have read that there will be a Xena fest in SF in October. From what I've heard, it's the same weekend as the Race for the Cure, a benefit to raise money for Breast Cancer. If there are fans who will be in the area for the event anyway, it is a great cause to support. Golden Gate Park, October 17th. For info, contact www.sfraceforthecure.org


NIGYSOB Game and sniveling "fans"

Date: Thu, 01 Apr 1999
From: Cleanthes
Subject: Letter to the Editor

I write in belated praise of Brian Lashmar's article 'GABRIELLE AND THE NIGYSOB GAME' which appeared in your February issue.

Mr. Lashmar writes, "The NIGYSOB Game is a subconscious game that individuals play between themselves in order to gain justification for acting out various negative feelings." I confess, as I began the article, I feared that the definitions and background psychobabble would require more mental effort than the payoff application of these ideas to analysis of Xena: Warrior Princess. I'm ever so glad I stuck it out, though. (Mr. Lashmar's previous excellent articles had established a level of trust for me, thankfully.)

Xena: Warrior Princess takes a completely trans-postmodern look at television and itself. Even the most grim aspects never leave the camp whimsy outside the frame of reference. Mr. Lashmar's article captured this same trans-postmodern whimsy and applied it to the seemingly ivory-tower oddity of the Transactional Analysis. The phrase, "Now I've got you, you son of a b*tch" sounded like a line Xena would utter when Ares has revealed his Little Fascist motive inadvertently. This article captured the same feel and rhythm of the best Xena episodes.

With the March issue of Whoosh! further usefulness for this article becomes apparent. It's not just Gabrielle playing the NIGYSOB game - many Xenite commentators play avidly. How many fan commentators (not leaving aside those on Whoosh's own episode guide) play Little Professor?

In the March issue, two articles parse into NIGYSOB game terms *very* well: lord_hawk@altavista.net's "Are We Better Off Now...Than We Were 3 1/2 Years Ago?" and Michael Evans-Layng's "How Do I Feel? Lucy Lawless in Santa Monica"

So now, with the April issue, Mr. Lashmar responds to these articles in the March issue, and he manages to take the high road, not pointing out just how much these two articles play the "alas and alack, don't I have it just awful? poor, pitiful me" game. My admiration for his understanding jumps another several pegs.

Leaving aside lord_hawk's unwillingness to try to be better off by being entertained by an entertainment program, consider the wisdom of a "fan" paying to attend a convention in order to sneer. And THEN taking the time to write 4200 words about it! Cowards die a thousand deaths, the brave only once. Stoics taste the bitter fruit once, bellyachers taste it OVER and OVER. But then, one suspects that they actually LIKE bellyaching.

After these words from Michael Evans-Layng: "In all, apart from just enjoying Lucy's presence and demeanor, I thought her appearance was a colossal waste of time, effort, and money. It ended up as a major disappointment for me. Sadly, the convention strongly reaffirmed the feeling I have had for some time that it is time to move on, though I will certainly continue to keep tabs on Lucy from afar to the extent that I can."

I wanted to tussle his hair, pinch his cheek and say, "oh, you poor baby, you sure have it tough".

But then, I'm out of touch with the whiney nineties.


Kudos

From: Becky & James
Date: Sat, 10 Apr 1999

I often write to fan fic authors to thank them for their wonderful stories. But I never thought to thank you for giving us Whoosh. You guys have worked hard for a long time to produce something that lots of people enjoy. Whoosh was the first Xena related thing I ran into on the internet. Thank-you for all your hard work.

Becky




From: C.A. Carey
Subject: whoosh
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 1999

I just wanted to say that I really enjoy Whoosh. I've been reading it for a couple of years and it's informative, amusing and generally entertaining. I really enjoyed the April Fools pseudo- article titles for this year (and previous years.)

It's also great to read when I know I should be working on an essay or studying. Like now. I'm sure you have better e-mail to read (and plenty of it,) but I wasn't sure which of you to send this to and besides, at least it's not one of the ones that you have to answer!

Keep up the good work.




Date: Sat, 03 Apr 1999
From: la
Subject: April 1999 issue

***** [5 stars] Well, think I've read the whole issue in 2 days. Had to finish it. Wish I had the words to describe how much I enjoyed this issue. It's everything I've tried to explain to my family & friends as to why I love this show. Appreciate you & your staff's hard work.

Sincerely,
L. Lambert




Date: Fri, 30 Apr 1999
From: Melissa Palozie
Subject: Thank You's

I'll make this short and sweet. Thank you and the rest of the staff (especially Beth Gaynor-she always responds to my e-mails quickly, and has a kind word thrown in) for doing a great job on this site. This is the most informative site I've found on the internet, and enjoy it to its fullest. Please UPDATE! I miss reading the latest commentaries.

Thank you for your time.

Bright Blessings, and keep up the good work.




From: organizacion lopez avila
Subject: A lot to read and learn
Date: Thu, 13 May 1999

I'm new in all this stuff about Xena WP; I really love the program. And your site give me so much information about it.

I enjoy reading the Episode Guide even though I have not seen any season 4 episode ( the cable channel finished season 3 and its rerunning season 1; the local channel is airing season 2 ). Also I like reading the scripts ( Ive noticed that sometimes the Spanish version on TV has changed or omitted a word or a sentence that changes the meaning of the scene). With the Whoosh issues Im trying to get as much information as I can; Im surprised because there are so many interesting articles.

All this shows me why the world around Xena is so special and I want to be a part of it.

Thanks and regards,

Romelia Lopez A.
Venezuela




Date: Wed, 5 May 1999
From: Deb Adams
Subject: disclaimers

Thank you, thank you, thank you. I have been looking for a list of the disclaimers for sooooooo long. Just recently got connected to the web...this site is Fantastic!



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