May 6, 2005
Re "Respect, Please, for Malibu's Best Gal," Commentary, May 2: I'm not taking anything away from the novella "Gidget." In fact I'm thrilled that "the whole town" (Malibu) is reading anything. I take issue with Deanne Stillman's assertion that "Gidget," the book, "altered the course" of American history. The tipping point was the Hollywood movie, under the same name. It was "Gidget," the movie, starring James Darren, Sandra Dee and Cliff Robertson, that drew legions to California beaches.
March 14, 2004
Thank you for your wonderful article "Riding Into Film History" by Deanne Stillman (March 7). My family and I had just been to the opening night of "Hidalgo" after weeks of anticipation. It was a perfect family movie for everyone despite its PG-13 rating. It was especially wonderful for my daughter (who is 8) and me as we love riding horses together and share the wonder of their majestic and mysterious beauty. "In wildness is the preservation of the world," Thoreau once said. To many, the freedom and grace of the wild mustang symbolizes this preservation and is something that resonates deep within those of us who love this noble and beautiful creature.
March 14, 2004
I just finished reading Deanne Stillman's wonderful, well-written and enjoyable article on horses in film history. I was very impressed that she chose the scene from "Monte Walsh." Has she ever seen the clip from the movie "Tumbleweeds" with William S. Hart? Without a doubt the greatest riding sequence in western movie history ... and Bill does this at the age of 57! The way that horse ran in the scenes took my breath away. One other note: Stillman did not mention comedy with horses.
October 20, 2002 |
I know, I know. The coyote killed your cat, attacked your dog, ate your daughter's homework, your wife's Palm Pilot and your Greg Norman signature golf tees, ripped your pet bunny to shreds, devoured your chickens, wiped out your sheep farmer brother-in-law's spring lamb population and gorged for days on hundreds of priceless black Angus cattle, thereby reducing the country's livestock supply by a third and simultaneously quadrupling the price of a good steak, before a holiday weekend no less.
June 3, 2001 |
Of late, true crime has fallen into disrepute as a literary genre, yet at its best this form provides something invaluable: a window into an unfamiliar world. Sudden deaths and heated murder trials give us more than a vicarious glimpse of violence. They give us the opportunity to behold people and places and ways of life that otherwise might remain hidden or purposefully ignored.
May 13, 2001
The Twentynine Palms that I live in doesn't resemble Deanne Stillman's description and, indeed, is so different that I can only assume that her comments were the result of having been in the sun too long ("Deconstructing Paradise," April 8). She has made a lot of very nice people up here hopping mad! This is a town where people speak to you everywhere you go. The Marines are a welcome, polite and helpful presence in the community. It's a place with a sense of history that people want to maintain, and it includes retirees, artists, families, single people and the military.