An excerpt from my favorite piece of Salon reader mail yet: "Anyone who thinks that lip-synching is okay and that everyone does it (have you ever heard of R&B, Country, Rap or Alternative) or that Paris Hilton and Ashlee Simpson aren’t beautiful is an idiot or gay. Ashlee Simpson is gorgeous, just because you aren't attracted to her (and your article causes me to believe that you are gay, not that there is anything wrong with that) doesn't mean that she is not attractive."
As Nico points out, if I was actually gay, I would have said "Ashlee Simpson is Arch Kitsch. End of story."
In a few hours, Chris Whitley at the Knitting Factory. Aside from a few very rare birds (Tom Waits and the like) he remains the person I most care about seeing live.