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DOUBLE STANDARD?

As usual, I enjoyed Tara Servatius' article in CL ("Arab Alienation," Sept. 6). I realize that you are trying to objectively report the experience of Arab citizens in these troubled times. However, I find it interesting that none of these people have ever encountered a direct threat from anyone while in our country. This is in sharp contrast to the way others are treated in their countries of origin. Now that they are here in America, I would have been interested in your reporting as to their level of tolerance for others, particularly Jews. Thanks for your always interesting perspective.

-- Scott Sweeney, Indian Trail

Film Flurry

I am a filmmaker who very reluctantly just relocated here from New York City with my husband (the banker). I was certain I'd be miserable in this Southern town without my New York film vibe. Well, the day I settled in and unpacked, I read Matt Brunson's article "Playing At A Venue Near You" (Sept. 13) and I couldn't believe it. All that film!

The highlight was An Evening of Short Films From Sundance. I have been to dozens of film festivals but never have I been to an interactive short film screening. The organizers seem to have picked just the right movies to produce very engaging dialogues.

Thanks for helping to smooth my transition.

-- Sheri James, Charlotte

SLINGING ROCKS

I like lists, so seeing a list ("Rocks Off," Sept. 20) of songs from the period coinciding with my album-buying years (my college years and the period immediately following graduation, when I actually had time to follow that stuff) whetted my appetite even more. But your list greatly disappointed me.

First, the cover title is inaccurate, as one is led to read the article to see where such classic tracks as "Mother and Child Reunion", "My Sweet Lord," "Burn Down the Mission," "Heart of the Sunrise," "Old Man, Look at My Life," "Wild World," and "American Pie," wind up. The answer is nowhere; for contrary to the cover page, your list is the top 200 albums, rather than the top 200 songs of the '70s.

That inaccuracy aside, I still wondered where the albums containing the music of my life from the previous paragraph placed. The answer is still nowhere. Examining the list in detail revealed: many relatively obscure artists (who the heck is Joy Division?); an abundance of R&B artists; an abundance of punk artists (which is when I started losing interest in popular music, realizing that times had changed from 1970 to 1979); relatively few singer/songwriters; and even for the artists who are faves of mine whom you did include, works that weren't even close to being their best works of the period.

That aside, I'm wondering what were you thinking when you left off:

Paul Simon -- Paul Simon

George Harrison -- All Things Must Pass

Yes -- Fragile

Neil Young -- Harvest

Cat Stevens -- Tea for the Tillerman (or any of his releases from that period)

Don McLean -- American Pie

Simon and Garfunkel -- Bridge Over Troubled Water

Ike and Tina Turner -- Working Together (worth owning for their performance of "Proud Mary" alone)

The Who -- Quadrophenia (even better than Tommy)

Gerry Rafferty -- City to City

Pete Townshend -- Who Came First?

But I'm not all complaints. Thankfully, you had the good sense to list the following classics (but why were they so far down the list?):

Carole King -- Tapestry (even guys liked that quintessential female favorite)

Joni Mitchell -- Court and Spark (a very underrated album)

Steely Dan -- The Royal Scam (another underrated album)

Surely, you could have used one of the many slots you used to emphasize your fondness of Who's Next? or the Parliament/Funkadelic under all of its guises, to list a few of my faves that you omitted (and no doubt, the choices of a few of your other readers as well)?

-- Steven Gilmore, Charlotte

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