Finding the Music
Enjoyed your October issue (POZ
No. 17), especially the rundown on the small-label CDs being released by AIDS-friendly artists. One question: Where can we buy them? Unless they are distributed by major labels, the independent releases can be hard to track down. I have found some David Friedman's Midder Music CDs at Tower Records, but if you try to special order, you'd better plan on livng a long time.
I've followed POZ
since the beginning, and Kiki Mason's death, like the loss of a great friend, hurts. I wish I had known him. I've also followed the editorials, guidance and medical reports of Sean Strub; and Sean, please know you have the best wishes and karma vibes coming at you from the hinterlands.
Thom HeinrichsEditors: Tower Records can be reached at 800.275.8693 from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. EST.
Long Beach, California
Blood on Whose Hands?
At the International AIDS Conference in Vancouver this past summer, activists from ACT UP/San Francisco took the drastic step of assaulting the corporate-sponsored AZT promoters, smearing them with fake blood and overturning the conference tables.
Neither the quick approval of the New York Native
nor the just-as-quick disapproval of POZ
No. 17) did full justice to this desperate action, which was almost completely blacked out by the mainstream media.
The Vancouver demonstration was an action that deserves condemnation, but only by people waging a non-violent struggle against AZT.
I would apologize to Margaret Fischl, Paul Volberding and anyone else who was assaulted, but I must insist: No more business as usual in the world of AIDS, and no more activist rituals as usual either.
Felton DavisDisillusioned Subscriber
New York, New York
I am a Muslim, African (in) amerika [sic]
, sentenced to life in prison, heterosexual and, yes, HIV positive. I have been receiving POZ
for at least six months now for free, and I want to thank you for all of the information that was and is useful to me in my struggle to stay healthy.
However, there are many things in POZ
that offend my sensitivities, and have caused me to cancel my subscription. It seems to me that your publication is more interested in advancing the homosexual agenda than it is with AIDS.
Rasheed MujahidCheap Shot
Trenton, New Jersey
I found your Gazette article "Pitiless Piety" (POZ
No. 17) both amusing and sadly predictable. I am also a PWA who has to swallow many horse pills each day, but I cannot imagine how yet another thing in my mouth would make the whole mess go down easier, especially communion wafers.
Instead of exploring why Mr. Maccianti's lover would want to take his meds in this unorthodox and seemingly unpalatable fasion (perhaps he actually believed
that those little wafers could heal his body in ways that the drugs couldn't), you jumped on the church for defending what it deems holy and sacred. I wonder if your ire would have been the same if he had wanted to use ritual objects of some trendy P.C. "spirituality," say Native American or Buddhist.
I would love it if people with AIDS were always right, and everyone else was wrong, but it's not that simple. I don't feel entitled just because I have HIV.
Stephen de FrancescoEditors: The Catholic Church does not deem an unconsecrated wafer "holy and sacred."Next MonthThe excerpt from Tarnished Sequins (
New York, New York
POZ No. 18), about AIDS Project Los Angeles' Friends of Fashion event honoring Calvin Klein, has generated considerable reader comment. Look for an extensive discussion of the issues raised by this excerpt in the February 1997 issue of
POZ No. 15, the 1996
POZ Givers Guide mistakenly listed Michael Seltzer, former executive director of Funders Concerned About AIDS in New York City, as a member of the Givers Guide panel. He was not.
POZ regrets the error.