I enjoyed Elizabeth Venant's article on Ursula Le Guin ("Californians in Le Guin's New World," Oct. 20), but had to smile over her description of "a sturdy woman with a boyish bob." In 1931, I had a boyish bob, and so did my sister, Selma, after I cut off her golden curls to match my own short straight hair.
But now, when my two sons, and even my husband, frequently wear their hair longer than my own still-short bob, I wonder what a "boyish bob" means to people growing up in the '60s and '70s.
MARCIA COHN SPIEGEL
Rolling Hills Estates