“All the higher power option is going to do is turn perhaps the most insightful & witty columnist we have into another white bread & mayonnaise writer.”

Steinberg and the Powers That Might Be

Re “Steinberg on Steinberg” by Michael Miner, May 29

Um, you can, and many people do, get sober without AA and without a higher power.

This review assumes that AA is the only way—an inaccurate point of view often taken by the media which is really harmful to the alcoholics who don’t do well in AA. Research finds that many people quit on their own (Pete Hamill, I believe, wrote a book about doing this) and some quit via treatment based on other approaches.

Don’t deny hope to the people who don’t do well in AA—it’s not fair to them and it’s not fair to AA.


“If you can’t find something just because it isn’t there, you need to look harder.”

Or, you need to look elsewhere.

Instead of encouraging Steinberg to fall to his knees each & every time he wants a drink, just pour him one on his way to his anger management class.

If he didn’t smack Edie around, he wouldn’t have a problem (I’m assuming his liver function tests are normal).

I fear all the higher power option is going to do is turn perhaps the most insightful & witty columnist we have into another white bread & mayonnaise writer, like the gentleman Zell hasn’t gotten around to unloading yet at the Trib, Eric something.


Amazing how Steinberg motors along, writing for his dying paper and churning out his little book, while cheating his job, his family, and his readers with his boozing. Did this clown ever miss a paycheck? Lot of unemployed and underemployed journalists in this city who would love a forum like Steinberg has been handed, and he acts as if it is his birthright.


I’m willing to bet that Steinberg does believe in God. He just doesn’t consider God to be a higher power than himself.


Hipper Than an Anemic Hula-hooper

Re “Too Much Light” by Deanna Isaacs, The Business, May 29

The thought of opening the magnificent new Spertus Museum with such a foolish and disgraceful exhibition as Rhoda Rosen’s Imaginary Coordinates is utterly disappointing, for several reasons:

One is that, as the Reader article mentions, Rosen says that the board, staff, and she herself stand behind the integrity, etc... and to encourage dialogue. It is truly sad that the quality of art, dialogue, cartography, and curating have sunk to such a low-quality level as is proved by this desperate exhibit. I know few Jews, or anybody for that matter, that require such awkward and fringe display art to “encourage dialogue”—we need little more than a good kosher pickle to encourage dialogue!

Two: Sex is unquestionably discussed, viewed, and performed openly in contemporary society, but to introduce a new museum to the world, especially one with a clear Jewish orientation, with an exhibition displaying what a large part of the Jewish community famously regards as perverse and pornographic runs the spectrum from, at best, tasteless, to, at worst, downright insulting to any percentage of the said community.

And three: At a time when Jewish women and children in Israel proper are being bombed daily, presenting an introductory exhibit at a Jewish museum that forces Palestinian art and voice into the Jewish communities’ face and the public’s consciousness is an insensitive and politically cheap action that deserves harsh censure.

It makes about as much sense as serving chopped liver on opening day at an ice cream parlor. With such wonderful, creative, world-class artists, performers, and crafts-people representing the Jewish community throughout history, ultra-modern to ultra-ancient, it is abysmally disappointing to have an exhibit like this represent such a potentially top-class museum. This exhibit, if Ms. Rosen deserves a forum for her tastes, should be relegated, as MOMA, SFMOMA, or any great museum would do, to an exhibit in a small corner of “New Exhibits,” after the world has gotten a chance to first see tried-and-true examples of great Jewish art, crafts, culture, and displays of important relevant and, please, famous and popular subjects, such as Jewish history, Holocaust, Hollywood, Torah, kabbalah, Sephardic culture, or even great Jewish artists of the famous periods such as Pissarro, Chagall, Modigliani, Man Ray, and Jacque Lipshitz, or, better yet, the influence of Jewish thought on the greatest artwork in history, such as da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, and Rubens, prolific paintings of Jewish subjects of the Bible, etc (was the Pieta‘s Jesus not Jewish?), or even Picasso’s “Gertrude Stein” and the like. Even photos of Gershwin, Berlin, Kern, Arlen, Jolson, Rogers, Hart, Hammerstein, Simon, Garfunkel, and Bob Dylan, or even Milton Berle, George Burns, Danny Kaye, Myron Cohen, and Billy Crystal would project a hipper image of Jewish creativity than an anemic nude hula-hooping at the beach. Come on!

Is Spertus at [such] a loss of quality modern or ancient Jewish subject matter that they’re forced to present second-rate conceptual art just to make gratuitous jabs at the curator’s political opponents or philosophy? Spertus’s staff should, perhaps, be more cautious and selective about what they present to the, partially at least, very sophisticated public.

Ruby Harris


Nominee From Another Planet

Re Obama-rama, an archive at chicagoreader.com/obama

What planet did this guy come from and what planet does he think he’s on? Dream on brother.