Better than Bambi, right?: While I certainly don't agree with the tactics, I just don't get why men can't have a place of their own. I mean, has there ever been a guy at Curves Fitness? It states right on the front page of Curves Fitness' Web site: "Dedicated to women's fitness."

And how many female-only spas and gyms are there? If the women want a place to call their own, they have every right to open their own, and if it isn't as cool as the men's place, whose fault is that?

I am all for women's rights, but can't a guy just be a guy at a guy's place without having a two-drink minimum and a stripper pole in the middle? I would think women would rather us be at a country club than having us see Bambi shake her tits for a fistful of dollars.
Name withheld by request


Life without Lemons?: I noticed that you didn't publish The Bird in the current issue (July 19), which got me to wondering if you have finally fired blowhard Stephen Lemons. If so, it's high time!

The garbage he's been writing about Kia dealer/patriot Rusty Childress and his good friend [white supremacist] J.T. Ready, also a patriot, are repugnant ("Rusty's World," July 12). These two men are a credit to their race, which is more than I can say for Lemons. In fact, I doubt Lemons is really a part of the white race. He certainly doesn't act like he is. I say we send him to Mexico along with the spics he loves so dearly!

I see that many of the letter-writers in this current issue sure got Lemons' number, especially Betty Ruth Jones ("What's wrong with Nazis, anyhoo?")! Jones is right that Lemons is a racist against white people, somebody who hates the people who are trying to keep America pure. I hope never to be subjected to any of his bigoted rants again.
Bill Earl, Phoenix

Editorís note: Unfortunately for you, Bill, Lemons will be back writing The Bird in a few weeks. He's working on a New Times cover story and continuing to post on his Feathered Bastard blog.


Loviní it, Kiwi-style: This is a really great article. It's great to read highlights of Stephenie Meyer's career ("Charmed," Megan Irwin, July 12). Living on the other side of the world, I haven't had the chance to meet her yet, but I love her books so much that I think there's still an indent in the chair at the book shop where I first started reading them. I cannot wait for Eclipse and will follow her loyally through any books thereafter.
Sophie Miller, Auckland, New Zealand

May we suggest some adult reading: This is a great article! I love seeing Stephenie Meyer in such a personal light. I just wanted to say that not all her fans are teenage girls. There are many who are nearly 30, like me, and older.

Twilight and New Moon are so captivating. Once you start reading them, you cannot put them down. They draw you in and make you feel like you're a part of the story. You can relate to the characters so easily. The way Stephenie describes things, you see a clear picture of everything going on. She's amazing!
Jennifer Blaser, Provo, Utah

See, Mormons ainít so bad: Stephenie Meyer has changed my opinion of Mormons. I had always thought people of that faith too repressed to be brilliant writers. And the idea of a member of the Mormon Church writing vampire novels just knocked me for a loop!

I guess I'm saying that I was prepared to hate Meyer's work when a friend recommended one of her books to me, but once I was a few pages into it, I was hooked forever. Now I can't wait for the next one to come out.

It's true that Stephenie Meyer may be the next J.K. Rowling. For me, I like Stephenie's characters better than Rowling's.
Jenna Davis, Salt Lake City, Utah

Weíre all pulling for you: This was a wonderful article explaining so much about Stephenie Meyer and the Twilight series. I'm a huge fan of the series, and I would definitely say I'm actually more excited for the release of Eclipse than for the final Harry Potter book.

Stephenie inspires me as a writer and a fellow Latter Day Saint, and I hope that I can someday be as wonderful of a writer as she is.
Dawn Edelen, via the Internet

More big love Steph: Stephenie Meyer certainly is an amazing author, as well as an amazing person. I fell in love with her books about 15 pages into the first one, and I have to admit I've become a bit obsessed.

I've had the pleasure of meeting her, and she is so nice; she acts like one of the girls. I've seen Stephenie in New York, gone to a satellite Eclipse prom in New Jersey, and, in September, I'm driving to Pennsylvania for an Eclipse book signing.
Name withheld by request

Enough already!: I'm a huge fan of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series. I was introduced to the books by my best friend, who bought a copy for her 14-year-old niece, read it, and loved it. She knew I was a big fan of vampire fiction — Bram Stoker to Laurell Hamilton — so she recommended I check it out.

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Please stop running the American Apparel ads with that half naked "girl" that really looks more like a 12 year old boy. Kinda looks like that kid from The Jungle Book. Disgusting things like that cause me to loose sleep.

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