February 20, 1988
Please correct me if I'm wrong. Didn't Albert Brooks have at least as many lines and at least as much on-screen time as William Hurt in "Broadcast News"? Yet Hurt has been nominated for a best actor Oscar, while Brooks' work only merits a nod for best supporting actor. Perhaps it is true: the good-looking guys do succeed over the smart and funny ones. And they get all the great women. ERIC WILLIAMS Los Angeles
May 14, 1989
The letter writers objecting to "Walk Like a Man" miss the point. The man disrupted the flow of her class by ignoring the instructor and expecting everyone to accommodate him. The aerobics class is a valid metaphor for our society, where many rude people do act like this. Though it's trendy to deny it, almost all of them are male. Articles like Littwin's are still useful. JUDITH M. TURCOTT Downey
October 18, 1987
Your editorial informs us that with the Soviet test-firing of two long-range missiles dangerously close to Hawaii, the Soviets are "surely . . . not trying to sabotage progress towards arms control and better relations with the United States." Very well, but what do such actions tell us? Are they, along with other actions such as the murder of Maj. Arthur D. Nicholson Jr. in 1985, the shooting down of KAL 007, the kidnaping of Nicholas Daniloff, the frequent intrusions of Soviet submarines into Swedish waters . . . telling us what we want to hear, or what we refuse to acknowledge?
December 20, 1987
Although critics will accuse Jack Miles of beating a dead Pegasus, I was glad to read the lucid, if somewhat grudging defense of poetry in his article "Nobody Needs Poetry." I'd disagree, however, with his notion that poetry is "losing out" to fiction, and that "fiction is stronger than poetry." It's like comparing tons of dynamite and a little radioactive material: Both can make a nice-size bang in the hands of an expert. Many novelists I know consider poetry as important as anatomy lessons for a medical student and routinely read it for spiritual sustenance and high delight in the power of language.
May 15, 1988
Thanks for "L.A. 2013: A Day in the Life," by Nicole Yorkin (April 3). By printing it you rendered a valuable service--confirming my feeling that L.A. is not a place in which I wish to be living in the year 2013. And what did your article portray? A society with a childish fascination for (and dependence on) technology and its "wonders," a fatalistic attitude toward overcrowding and environmental problems, and a slavish dedication to economic and political philosophies that are no longer supportable.
June 22, 1986 |
A number of readers have written to me to thank me for my recent remarks on restaurant telephone rudeness and to share further examples of such rudeness with me. I won't cite specifics here, since at least some of these reader complaints describe situations that sound as if they might well have been ambiguous and others mention behavior that doesn't sound exactly rude to me (e.g.