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Cole comfort

August 22, 2004

Thanks so much for Gary Giddins' wonderful piece exposing the shameless abuse of Cole Porter's genius in the film "De-Lovely" ["Just One of Those Things," Aug. 8]. Giddins articulated what I'm sure many of us who share this awareness wish we could have said. In this ill-conceived film, Porter's incomparable songs were mangled by performers who had no business touching them. And beyond Giddins' insights, his piece demonstrated a wit worthy of Porter himself.

John Koenig

Los Angeles

John Koenig is a cellist, record producer and was president of jazz label Contemporary Records for seven years.

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