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Readers weigh in on last week’s Better Than Best issue

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Although it doesn’t really bother me to be labeled “so punk,” it’s a pretty inaccurate statement about my shop and the stuff we tend to carry. I can’t help but wonder why you wouldn’t just reap praise on the guy with the spectacular range of influence and wonderful bands he plays that know one seems to care about. Instead you feel the need to talk shit on two other record stores in town. You also use the word whack. That’s terrible. Unfortunately, all of this goes down in the same article where you recommend that a good hang out in Philly on a Friday night is at an NA meeting at a Christian thrift shop! Ridiculous people. Please don’t come to my shop for the next flavor of the month hype record that comes out. Go to AKA and give them the money. I will continue to enjoy my usual clientele who also buy the above titles, but do not shit on all the other styles that are held within the store.

NICK DEVLIN Co-owner, Long in the Tooth via

Tonight I heard someone share about an NA meeting being promoted in a newspaper. I couldn’t believe that was true, so I had to see it for myself. And here it is. How sick and twisted are you to publish something like this? Narcotics Anonymous is a place where we go, as addicts, to SAVE OUR LIVES. It’s a matter of life and death, not some sort of hip hangout!

I recently moved back to Philadelphia and someone recommended this particular meeting to me. Who would want to attend a meeting where we will feel like we are specimens to be gawked at or a trendy Philly attraction? I’m curious how this was even discovered. If the writer of this is actually a member of NA, you need to take a good, hard look at why you feel it’s OK to violate the traditions that bind us all together. I know most of us would like to keep our meetings open, but it seems like this might be a good time to make the Eleventh Hour a closed one.


I’m so glad Liberty and Hello... were recognized for great service and skill. As far as hair stylists go in this city, many are hit-or-miss but Liberty is always a mega-hit! She has the best personality and makes you feel comfortable from the moment you meet her.

I haven’t been to her since last May and my hair still looks great and the color has even held. I won’t go anywhere else!



I take offense to the reference of Collingswood, N.J. as a cultural wasteland. For most Center City folk who are afraid to cross the bridge, you should check us out. We even have parking.

JAY C. via

Good Hefeweizen, Batman! You compiled a list of Better-Than-Best bars in the city and left out Monk’s. That’s like putting together a list of art venues and leaving out Philadelphia Museum of Art, or cheesesteak joints and neglecting Vincenzo’s. Maybe you think everybody knows about it—and maybe everybody does, but this is the bar that half of your list is trying to emulate.

While we’re at it, how about venturing out of Center City by more than a few blocks and trying Earth Bread Brewery or McMenamin’s in Mount Airy? Earth has a particularly radical idea: It’s a brewpub where the beer is wonderful. I wonder how they thought of it.


Wow, I can’t say I’m surprised by the lack of professionalism by the writers, it seems to be routine. Grow up. You are offending your readers and probably ruining your chances for ever having a real journalism career. Shame on you and shame on your editors.


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