The article on Martha Stewart, "Humility, Done to Perfection," Feb. 26, had me gagging on my Cheerios. It was one of the most ridiculous stories I've ever read in The Times. Yeah, so she went to prison -- I mean, she was found guilty, correct? But to say, as her lawyer is quoted, that she can now "be seen as someone who can come back from some very tough places" is patently absurd. Five months in a cushy "club fed" hardly rates as a tough place. Her "comeback" really means she can come back to enjoy her millions.
I'm sure her newfound humility and subsequent new TV show will draw huge ratings.
Hollywood has always been seduced by great spin. Surely her show will secure pity for Martha that plays well in wealthy, gated communities of Southern California. But seriously, folks, let's get a grip on reality. Give me a TV show about a poor black woman who was sent to prison and somehow finds gainful employment at the local Wal-Mart. That's my definition of "coming back."
Oh well, one can never underestimate the importance of knowing how to cook risotto.
It doesn't seem strange to me that Martha Stewart is thriving in Alderson, W.Va. Alderson is one of the most beautiful spots in the Alleghany Mountains, on the Greenbrier River. As a child, I spent four summers at Girl Scout camp there. For me, Alderson is reveille in the morning, hikes through the woods, taps at sunset, and "Peace, I Ask of Thee, O River" beside the campfire.
Emma Lewis Thomas