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To the editors:

I was impressed by Dave Cooke's understated response [Letters, May 29] to Achy Obejas's torpedoing [May 8] of his performance piece Twentieth Century Angst: A Celebration. Since the audience numbered about 30 people, Obejas apparently felt she could take as many liberties with the facts as she wished. Particularly absurd was her assertion that Cooke was "afraid to look us in the eye" when he was clearly tending to his audio- and videotapes. In fact, by his refusal of the hip posturing Obejas craves, Cooke "looked us in the eye" throughout the show. Sure, his theme, that the world can be ugly so let's take our pleasures where we find them, is far from earth-shattering, but it was expressed in such a gleeful, heartfelt manner that I could not help but be charmed.

Unfortunately, I had to take a pass on his second program the next night. The poor sound quality and small picture of the video segments gave me an extraordinary headache. Perhaps I was not alone.

John Figler

N. Lincoln

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