April 1, 2001
The Maratta cartoon (March 11) poked fun at screenwriters. My son-in-law is a writer; he works very hard, and I admire his persistence in the face of mercurial tastes and unpredictable fashions. I don't know Maratta's background with the industry, but her cartoon showing a producer inviting a screenwriter to a premiere to sweep the lobby was not funny-it was hurtful and showed ignorance and arrogance. I have tried hard to find humor or some redeeming feature about Maratta's "Silent Pictures."
July 9, 2000
Kindly do both the cartoonist and your readers a favor: Return Maratta's "Silent Pictures" to its former size if not location. Doubling its size as a substitute for Feiffer just does not work. As a tribute to Feiffer, devote his space to more readers' comments; it will be a far better use. MARYSIA MEYLAN Santa Monica
June 18, 2000
As one of Feiffer's loyal readers, I find it difficult to believe and very disheartening to have this marvelous cartoon coming to an end. As a former dancer (and always a dancer at heart), the delightful dancer expressing herself with balletic movement and satire has held a special joy for me throughout the years. Turning to the last page of Calendar has been a Sunday ritual for as long as I can remember. Thank you, Jules Feiffer, for years of great joy and satire--you will be sorely missed.
June 17, 2000 |
When he was 23 years old and living in his first apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Jules Feiffer got lucky. A modern dancer came home with him and spent the night. "She was the first girl who ever did that," Feiffer recalled with just a note of nostalgia. "You don't forget that. She has been revisiting me ever since in the cartoons." These days, the dancer--sketched differently at various times in his life to reflect past girlfriends--is disappointed.
May 30, 1999
In response to Janice LeBrun's commentary on the "Feiffer" cartoon (Letters, May 16): My dictionary defines "satire" as: the use of ridicule or irony or sarcasm in speech or writing. Feiffer wasn't making "fun" of anything in his May 9 depiction of a trench coat kid. I find it ironic that you saw the comic to be glorifying guns and low self-esteem; I saw it as the unfortunate and naked truth of how the children of our nation think in this day and age: that joining the ranks of neo-Nazism and glorifying Hitler are the only answers to their low self-esteem.
March 22, 1998
Like other readers, I perform a Sunday ritual by going from Feiffer to Letters to the Puzzler. I also was tempted to attack Jack Grimshaw (Letters, March 8). Now I would like to congratulate him on his foresight. I can't imagine anyone attaching the word "sociopath" to the president. Some may say he is oversexed or "horny" but frankly I couldn't care less if he kept a harem in the Lincoln bedroom. From now on I will go straight to the crossword. HAROLD R. GELFMAN Lancaster Dump Feiffer?