June 21, 1992
If Deanne Stillman ("Cairo by the Mohave," Guest Bites Town, May 10) wants to do a brilliant, ironic, erudite, warmed-over takeoff on Aldoux Huxley and F. Scott Fitzgerald, why doesn't she skip the comparisons to Rome and Cairo and visit Athens. It's an unincorporated area just south and east of Inglewood, not too far from Watts. Not just now, though. They're a little impatient at present with ancient history. FRED SCIFERS Downey
March 22, 1992
Your piece on Camille Paglia was par for the course ("The Many Masks of Camille Paglia," by Deanne Stillman, Feb. 16). I have read several such profiles and the writers, yours included, invariably link her with a "new right" or the "feminist backlash." But Paglia is not easily categorized, nor is her popularity due solely to clever media manipulation. She is a breath of fresh air: tough, original and wildly audacious. Her contemporaries, meanwhile, are indistinguishable clones, all repeating the same tired company line.
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.
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.
May 6, 2001
Deanne Stillman does not describe the desert--a sublime, harsh and forbidding environment, a place of endless space and silence, a place of extremes ("Deconstructing Paradise," April 8). The desert is not a weekend retreat under a bougainvillea branch, all "pretty pictures and scents and sounds." Her naive desire for "its endlessly warm and open arms" merely reflects the human longing for a return to paradise. Helena Bongartz Twentynine Palms Stillman or her editors should have come to know the children of the working class a little better.
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.