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With the exception of the time he blew the surprise ending of Twitch of the Death Nerve, I enjoy J.R. Jones's reviews almost as much as my own. That said, there is one element to his review of Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic ["So Funny You Could Cry," November 11] that needs to be clarified. In the review he makes a reference that the Chicago Film Critics Association has asked its members to "stop snorting and laughing dismissively during press screenings." A few months earlier another local critic--not a member of the group--had written a review in which he talked about seeing a film at a public screening and his relief that he would not be forced to endure the snorts, snickers, and dismissive laughter emitted from his lowly colleagues in the screening room. While sending out an e-mail to the group on an unrelated matter, I added a slightly sarcastic postscript in which I reminded our members not to do any of those things. Unfortunately, mild sarcasm doesn't really translate well in e-mail form, and since no one seemed to have seen the original article in the first place, the joke basically died and was, I had thought, long forgotten.

To be fair, Jones did contact me in order to clarify what the response to that original message was. However, thanks to a time crunch and a nasty head cold, I didn't get around to seeing what he was talking about and responding until it was presumably too late. I just want it to be known that there are no such official restrictions on any members of the CFCA and there never have been. Each person is free to laugh as much as they want about whatever they want--as long as it isn't about myself, my immediate family, or my Milla Jovovich obsession.

Peter Sobczynski

CFCA membership pooh-bah

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