"Does Dallas really need to be so scared of originality?"

Confessions of a Disappointed Reader
In December, Ray Allen took a satirical look at Dallas’—and his own—desire to see and be seen, with a story about the party pics in PaperCity called "Confessions of a Social Climber." A few did not appreciate the joke.

I WAS QUITE OFFENDED BYYOUR ARTICLE. I AM humiliated to think that anyone visiting Dallas for the first time would read this. It would just confirm to the world that we are superficial and shallow. I promise you that I could go to a party in my 2-year-old dress, my hair styled from my favorite salon in
McKinney, and I could get the "scrum" to photograph me. Without even trying!  MELISSA LORANTPlano

ARE YOU KIDDING ME? THIS IS THE REASON Dallas has the reputation it does! I am a 30-year-old local fashion designer, and I have absolutely no desire to be a part of this "social" scene. Is this really all that D Magazine has to offer—how to climb the social ladder in five self-centered steps or fewer? You actually tell people to go to charity events not to give, but to be seen. Then you say, "Don’t be bothered by how many drinks you have, how much debt you incur, or the job that you may have to report to the next day because the ’competition’ doesn’t work." Pathetic! I’m sure this article will get more people to conform to the Dallas "norm" of fake boobs, look-at-me-I’m-rich labels, and empty personalities. Does Dallas really need to be so scared of riginality? BROOKE CLARK Dallas

EDITOR’S NOTE: While several of our readers didn’t appreciate the joke, the editors at PaperCity apparently did. They sent us the following mock cover.

Good Deeds

December also featured our annual Charitable Events Registry, in which we presented a charity-circuit calendar for the coming year.

ON BEHALFOFTHEJUNIORLEAGUEOFDALLAS, I would like to commend D Magazine for its support of the volunteerism in our community with the annual publication of the Charitable Events Registry. One of the more vital organizations in our community, how-ever, was left out: the Junior League of Dallas.
This year alone, the JLD is giving back more than $1 million to the Dallas community. The JLD donates more than 250,000 volunteer hours in areas such as violence intervention, poverty intervention, health, education, and cultural enrichment. I salute the organizations that have been listed and appreciate all they do. It is my hope that the Junior League of Dallas will also be acknowledged in your publication as an essential part of our city’s many charitable organizations. DEBBIE OATES, PRESIDENT Junior League of Dallas

CORRECTION
: In our December story about TXU [Pulse: "TXU and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week"], we wrote that the energy concern’s stock price fell "... as the company was forced to restate its earnings." This was incorrect. TXU was forced to restate its earnings forecast. We regret the error.

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