They're all crazy: I enjoyed "Killer Art." I found it thoroughly entertaining (Kathleen Vanesian, October 7).
When artists are classified as cutting-edge and given free rein, there are inevitably times when normal people look on, scratch their heads, and try to figure out what motivates artists to make their statements. Angela Ellsworth is not one of these artists. The motivations behind [her] "performance art" is easy to deduce.
[She's] just plain bat-shit crazy.
Jon Geele, Tempe
What's with the perverse fixation on Mormons?: Interesting that New Times can be such a clear voice against racial bigotry but give such a regular platform [to] religious bigotry.
As a lifelong Mormon, I found most of the information in this article about the Mormon Church either patently false or mythical, at best. A bitter ex-Mormon is probably not the best source of information about the church.
New Times (and the Arizona Republic for that matter) seems to have a perverse fixation with all things Mormon and have no qualms printing outright falsehoods about the church.
This is not an "art review." How many art reviews have you read that go into the genealogy and religious history of the artist? It's another slam piece by New Times on what is the last acceptable bastion of intolerance in our society — Mormons (and Muslims).
With all that is going on in Arizona right now, [why] two cover stories in [four] weeks about gays (Over the Rainbow," Niki D'Andrea, September 16) and Mormons?
Chad Snow, Peoria
The writer must've been high: I don't think I have ever read a poorer biography. After spending half an hour trying to find the theme and point of the story, I can only conclude that the writer was likely on something.
I can only conclude that the writer made a great effort to write about what she knew nothing of. I would advise abstaining from any form of mind-altering substance for at least 12 hours before beginning [a writing] task.
Rex Whitmer, city unavailable
Tagging story sparks a dialogue: I was impressed with the specificity and currency of Claire Lawton's New Times story ("Tag, You're Art," September 30). She brought to this story the real dialogue that murals currently invoke.
When I brought up this article [to] a few artists, we thought that this is a critical time for an active, artist-centric panel discussion between artists and neighbors (we've hosted similar sessions at Alwun House).
This discussion would be timely in context of today's rapidly changing community impact.
Kim Moody, Phoenix
Is it art? Is it vandalism?: Great article, great read. There is such a subculture in downtown that I didn't even know about — taggers versus muralists versus business owners.
The separation between art and vandalism is such a thin line that it needs to be assessed on a case-by-case basis. The art that you've highlighted in this article — [including] the commissioned stuff — is fantastic.
Most of Leonardo da Vinci's creations were commissioned. There is nothing about being compensated for art that makes it any less artistic.
S. Pursell, Phoenix
Same old shit from Bobby: Bobby Castañeda isn't a juvenile; he's in his 30s. If some young kid was writing RESIST on everything, I could see it as some healthy teenage rebellion. But this dude is old.
[He] has been doing the same shit on Roosevelt for years. It's easy to fuck with artists because they don't retaliate. I would love to see him try [tagging] over some real graffiti writers.
Antoine Dodd, Phoenix
A fan of graffiti fan: I like street art. It's very creative, answers to no one, and touches not only on artistic style but social and political moods. And the nice thing is, if you don't like it, it's gone in a few weeks.
Byte Rider, city unavailable
TOO OLD FOR JAIL?
Let the old man go: This man is a zillion years old and will cost the state millions [to imprison]. Let this old man go. People are neglected and suffering in Arizona prisons ("Hiding in Plain Sight," Ray Stern, October 7).
Julie Acklin, Phoenix
The daughter speaks: I'm not at all sure my dad is Roger Cook, and his mental state will never let me prove it. The state convinced my dad that he would get probation if he admitted to a crime he may not have committed.
He had no idea what he was doing. Now we have no idea where he is going or what kind of medical attention he will get. None of his major medical needs have been taken care of [in jail] so far.
Connie Watkins, Long Beach, California
Never too old for prosecution: Let's see. The last time I checked, murder was a jail-able offense, as is flight to avoid prosecution.
If the man committed the crime, he's got to serve the sentence.
Mike Wells, city unavailable