Whoosh! Issue 81 - September 2003
Letters to the Editor

Last update: 09/14/03

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Topics Covered: The Language of the Gaze, or, Renaissance Pictures and Renaissance Pictures; Inside The Head Of Alexandra Tydings, Third Time's The Charm; Life...Goes On...And On; Xena, Gabrielle, Subtext, and en; Whoosh! at School; Signs Review; Cowboy Bebop Music

Letters To The Editor

The Language of the Gaze, or, Renaissance Pictures and Renaissance Pictures

Deborah Monroy
Sent: Tuesday, August 05, 2003 5:15 AM
Subject: essay for WHOOSH

The "Renaisssance Pictures" paper in this month's WHOOSH is a real knockout.

Inside The Head Of Alexandra Tydings, Third Time's The Charm

Kim Lawrence
Sent: Thursday, August 15, 2002 9:32 PM
Subject: Latest Alex Interview

Zounds, this interview really shows who the sharpest tack in the Xena/Hercverse is.

I hope she considers supporting Howard Dean, who is the guy most capable of reducing the level of scariness in Washington.

Life Goes On...

Angela Blossom
Sent: Thursday, July 24, 2003 3:14 PM
Subject: Boston Greetings

Thanks for your Whoosh article "Life Goes On". This really captures how so many of us feel. I continue to be inspired by your dedication to Whoosh over the years.

Sent: Wednesday, August 20, 2003 8:58 PM
Subject: Regarding your editorial

I couldn't agree with you more. With regard to Xena propping up Oxygen (and the Wednesday live episodes that they stopped, but so many enjoyed) and particularly with respect to the final episode. I don't even watch Xena much anymore... the dismay turned my "gotta get them all on DVD as soon as they come out!!!" into "well, when I really have some extra money that is *really* extra, then maybe I'll get them... but I won't waste a Christmas present on them" and that's sort of sad.

Why the h--- did they end it that way? Do you have any info on the reasoning, the (ahem) rationale that led to that particular story line? Xena was indeed mighty and powerful, often first in action syndication and all sorts of academic work was done, many papers and articles and thesis work was done; but the heat, the desire, the admiration, all sort of went downhill after that exceedingly bad, bad, choice for a series finale.

You at Whoosh probably know more than other do... what's your take? And truly? No matter what Lucy Lawless does in the future, and regardless of whether she wants this to be so, I genuinely do not think she'll ever have the spotlight as she did in Xena. I know folks don't want that to be true, but you do not see her ascending the ranks of actresses as we thought she might. And for what it's worth, I don't think Xena had to be over.. if they'd gotten their act together, they could have easily done another couple of seasons.. but only if they'd brought in talent and decent scripts, something that was sorely lacking.

I miss the show, and I wish it had ended on an appropriate note if it had to end as quickly as it did.

Good editorial.

Xena, Gabrielle, Subtext, and Men

Jason Kreitzer
Sent: Friday, August 22, 2003 10:40 AM
Subject: X/G, Subtext and Men

It could be that Xena and Gabrielle are/were in a relationship partially because of their obvious and love and respect for each other, and possibly out of convenience. No disrespect to Joxer, whose affection for Gabby was obvious, but he was clearly there as comic relief. It seems like the only men who could meet Xena on any kind of equal level were Ares and Hercules, who were not exactly regular Joes. Given that Xena carries with her enough baggage to fill a luggage store, how many men could keep up with her or meet her on an equal level? Maybe it was just easier for Xena and Gabby to be with each other since no men could meet their standards. Sheryl Crow sang "Are you strong enough to be my man?" Maybe X and G never found one who could answer that question with a "Yes."

Back in the 1950s, the U.S. Senate's investigation of the comic book industry led to major changes to the top stars on DC Comics' roster. Superman became more of an All-American hero. Batman and Robin started spending more time with girls to deflect charges of being a fantasy of "two homosexuals living together". Wonder Woman, a precursor to Xena if there ever was one, started spending more time with Steve Trevor in order to make her more acceptable. Of course, Trevor was a weakling who needed Wonder Woman to save him over and over. A joke by Conan O'Brien from his May 21, 2003, show taps into the same subtext idea.

"DC Comics announced that in a recent issue, Wonder Woman cut her hair and she is going to go for more of a punk look. She will then team up with Supergirl, but not to fight crime."

Whoosh! at School

Stacy Sakamoto
Sent: Wednesday, August 27, 2003 4:32 PM
Subject: WHOOSH! at school!

How cool is this? It's my first day back at San Francisco State University and I'm sitting in my Classical Mythology class hoping that we won't be singing Homeric hymns for another semester. (Oye the pain!!) When I look on the syllabus I find that instead of Homeric hymns we are studying articles published by Whoosh!... Not just one article but three or four articles (that she has yet to inform us the titles of). As a Xena fan and as a Whoosh! reader it made my day. Not only do I not have to sing but I get to read my fellow Xenites as part of an academic curriculum.

Just thought you all would like to know that. I think it's a praise that the Whoosh! team highly deserves.

Signs Review

Sent: Saturday, August 30, 2003 11:14 PM
Subject: About your signs review

I was surfing the net and came across this review of SIGNS.

My God, do you give people a STUPIDITY test in order to qualify to write reviews?

Even for the internet, that review should have had the following label above it:


No wonder he didn't LIKE the movie, he was too frigging stupid to understand it.

He made so many idiotic, incorrect assumptions throughout the review, combined with such massive arrogance about how the movie would have been better if it had been done HIS WAY, that I thought not only is he a total moron, he's so full of himself it's enough to make you vomit.


Cowboy Bebop Music

Charles Smith
Sent: Wednesday, August 20, 2003 11:29 PM

...for the cowboy beebop cartoon, who sings the song at the end of the show?I believe that it is a blues song

Here's a website that might help:

http://www.jazzmess.com . Just hit downloads, then Music Library, and there you can click on any song and find out all kinds of information about when it was used, what the words mean, who sung the vocals and played the music, etc.

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