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Why on earth does the Reader give Peter Margasak his own column in Section Three? This local loser is the epitome of the smart aleck rock critic. Incapable of creating anything of worth or note, he has to attack and tear down other people's work with such zeal it's nauseating. What a small and inconsequential human being.

I've never read a column more consistently and unabashedly vicious and mean-spirited. It seems nobody but the most bizarre, fringe act is spared from this little twerp's weekly rip-jobs. Why the chip on your shoulder Pete? Did your band fail miserably?

Who is he writing the column for? If he is masquerading as some self-appointed guardian of consumer taste, someone should tell him he is woefully out of touch with most of the city's music fans who have to put up with his weekly outpouring of bile and self-important tirades about what constitutes viable artistic expression or just plain good music.

Last week's column [February 11] typically slammed all comers, save a "six-foot-seven Los Angeles drag queen" playing at Czar Bar, with a propensity for "proudly queer expression" and a talent for "hiding fresh chicken heads" in his ass. Sounds like a real hoot, Pete.

Of course, being the typical weenie rock critic, he uses words like "specious" and hates all of the things he's supposed to hate, like "wank off guitar solos" and "songs about fucking." Unless of course they occur in a song by the drag queen: "take me out back / take me out back / grease my crack." Talk about selective application of your principles. "That's funny, and besides, I'm so clever that I'm in on the joke," he appears to be saying. What a dork!

Unfortunately for you, Pete, not every band fits your very narrow parameters of what constitutes a good rock band. Namely, the quasi-egghead, nerd rock, horned-rim glasses and dumpy drawers, antistar, "we're not really trying" noise merchant approach characterized by the likes of Poster Children and Tar. Unfortunately for the rest of us, you have been given the forum to whine about it on a weekly basis.

Toby Liddle

Oak Park

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