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Sassy's Demise 

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To the editor,

While reading Elizabeth Weil's "Good-bye, Girl Friend," in the June 9 issue of the Reader, I become so very impressed with the depths a so-called "writer" will plunge to in order to disparage anyone on the political right. For Miss Weil to blame the death of Sassy magazine on the current political march to the right is a laughable and desperate attempt for a premise and just barely disguises her ignorance of society, publishing and politics. Making such an idiotic claim is like blaming the Bulls' loss in the NBA playoffs on an earthquake in Sumatra in 1917. Such contentions are 100 percent crap.

To contend the demise of a publication is due to last November's sea-change election is just naive and ignorant. Miss Weil's implication that this political movement is devoid of cultural merit is just wishful thinking on her part. According to her argument, only those on the left can be "hip" or "cool." Personally, I am unaware of anyone who equates social popularity/acceptance with the greed, stupidity, intolerance, selfishness and moral bankruptcy exhibited by our nation's left--but I guess I'm just not "cool" enough to know any better.

Political movements don't ignite and occur overnight, but instead germinate, take root and grow over a period of years and possibly decades before they bear fruit. Most importantly though, politics are a reflection of the times and society--not the other way around, as Miss Weil's harebrained theories contend.

As a consistent browser of said magazine, Sassy was a very impressive and refreshing addition to this nation's newsstands. I agree the magazine's change from its original editorial direction is unfortunate. But obviously Sassy lacked the balls (or ovaries in this case) to stick to their guns when moralist nutcases came calling. Any successful business person will tell you that courage is a healthy part of the entrepreneurial mix.

So instead of pointing a finger at a political movement she disdains, maybe she should lay the blame on what really puts a publication or any business concern in mortal danger: bad product or content, poor management, lack of capital, bad business practices and a myriad of other business related reasons.

Then again, taking Miss Weil's lead, it would be much simpler for me to blame Sassy's Milquetoast state on the utter vacuousness and complete lack of ideas propagated by our country's left.

Michael V. Timble

Roscoe Village

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