I am writing in regard to the April 21 article "Still Lives" [by Ann Walton Sieber]. As an active participant in the community of artists' models, I was excited to participate in what I hoped to be a long-overdue expose of this widely misunderstood occupation. I therefore regret I must express my disappointment in the result.
I believe that while Ms. Sieber thinks that she is presenting a representative cross-section of models, she is caught up in the stereotypes surrounding them: the starving artist, the waif, the eccentric, for example. Had she truly wanted to illustrate the incongruities that produce such models from all walks of life, I believe I would have been more interesting to her. However, I feel that my comparative conventionality in both looks and lifestyle worked against me; I did not fit the "mold" she sought to fill.
I find that there are many angles Ms. Sieber failed to emphasize in her rather narrow approach to the topic of artists' modeling. It is commendable that she decided to model herself; however, I believe that the space she devoted to herself could have been better shared with others who have lived the experience three or four days a week, as their exclusive occupation, for many years.
Robin "Birdie" Hogan-Bowes
Ames Okay by Me
In regard to the Roy Ames slashing in the April 28 issue ["A Hard Case of the Blues," by Jim Sherman], I have had more problems with auto mechanics than with Roy Ames. It appears some of the artists referred to in the article claim to have not obtained a written contract from Ames -- I've gotten a contract. The business world is dog-eat-dog, and Ames has not cornered the market on hard-nose dealings.
A musician has to be as sharp in business as in music if they expect to survive in the music industry. Ask these artists how well they pay their own band members. So far as Ames' felony conviction goes, he did the time, is rehabilitated and is making an effort in developing a business.
Tom Potter/Pierre and the Zydeco Dots
Treasurer of the Houston Music Council
Wicked Witch of the Press
I read your article about Mesa [Cafe, "The Dallas Version," by Alison Cook, April 28] and was truly shocked. I work there as a waiter and hear nothing but good comments about the food and atmosphere. I suggest that you get off your high horse. You really missed the target on this one, Alison, and everyone in Houston knows it.
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I have never met you, but by reading your article, you must be a mean-hearted, unhappy person, I regret to say. I would still be willing to win you over, though, if you would just remove that God-like mask you most desperately try to portray through your article.
But the Owner Likes Her
I read your review of my restaurant Mesa ["The Dallas Version"] with interest. Although I would be lying if I told you I agreed with everything you said, there was a lot of good criticism. In general, it was enlightening to see the restaurant through your eyes. I'm sure you realize that as a new operation there are consistency and execution problems, especially with a new kitchen staff who we are educating about ingredients and flavors that they are unfamiliar with. Our intention is not to be a trendy restaurant, but a restaurant with down-to-earth, great-tasting Southwestern food for very reasonable prices. That's our reputation at Blue Mesa in Dallas, and I am confident we will achieve it at River Oaks.