David Lewis Cullen 
Member since Aug 16, 2012

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Re: “Khyber may go up for sale

I'm glad that this issue's receiving some attention and I hope that the building is preserved with minimal renovations - no more than is necessary. That said, the first sentence of this article is misleading: "After 126 years on Barrington, the Khyber Centre for the Arts building could be at its end." There's nothing in the article to indicate that the Khyber Arts Society is going to end or that the former home of the Khyber is going to be demolished. Hopefully, any renovations will leave most of the building intact and not just leave us with a mockery of the facade partially covering whatever comparatively bland development goes up behind it. I realise that there's plenty of reason to be cynical, but let's not confuse matters with hyperbole.

10 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by David Lewis Cullen on 07/25/2014 at 6:02 PM

Re: “Letters to the editor, November 14, 2013

Dear, The Coast,

Jacob Boon and Kate Watson are both decent writers, but their reviews have long since become predictable and tiresome.

Boon seems to trash almost everything he sees and often comes off as smug or annoyed(usually both). Meanwhile, Watson appears to drift from play to play in a state of perpetual embrace, praising each production equally. I'm not sure for how many years I've been reading her reviews, but I can recall only one that was in any way critical. Even then, her comments fell safely in the category of "faint praise".

However, I'd rather light a candle than curse the darkness. Here's a suggestion: instead of having them both sacked, have them TRADE assignments for a month or so. Let Ms. Watson go to the cinemas and see how REAL money is spent(for better and worse) and let Mr. Boone explore art in the THIRD dimension(without "glasses"!).

Such an experiment would surely refresh the film and theatre reviews and should prove illuminating to your reviewers and their readers. If nothing else, we might stand a better chance of being spared Boon's derision and Watson's euphoria -- at least, for a little while.

David Cullen

3 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by David Lewis Cullen on 11/15/2013 at 10:10 PM

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