September 18, 1988
Thank you, John M. Wilson, for the eloquent rebuttal to George Will's truly offensive column on Jack Kerouac and the freedom of spirit he embodied ("In Defense of Kerouac," Sept. 11). Sadly, I have read more Will than Kerouac in my lifetime. And while Will's work is often enlightening, I couldn't help but feel attacked by his bitter piece. What mean-spiritedness is it in Will that causes him to delight in what he perceives to be the "cruel" fate of yesterday's radicals? Newsweek should reprint Wilson's piece so readers could be reminded that Will's perspective is far from universal.
November 9, 1986
Having absolutely no desire to defend Mike Curb, we must nevertheless take issue with the tone of John M. Wilson's item that implied that non-union film making is something less than moral (Outtakes, Oct. 26). There are many experienced and talented film technicians to whom the unions will not grant entrance. Should these people not be allowed to work and make a living except as "second class" film citizens? Most of the production in Los Angeles now seems to be non-union due to simple financial realities.
June 23, 1985
The following letter from E.T. (as translated by those he trusts) is in response to last Sunday's Calendar cover, inset, which showed him wearing drug paraphernalia. It was delivered by friends of E.T.'s from Universal Studios and Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment. Calendar Section Earth Dear Calendar: I'm very sad; life at the top can be lonely. I just got off the intergalactic cellular with Elliott. He read me John M. Wilson's article ("The Second Coming"), and then transmitted a facsimile of the drawing that appeared on the cover of Calendar dated June 16, 1985, Earth years.
April 3, 1988
John M. Wilson's Outtakes item March 28 credited Bob Morones with the casting of "La Bamba." While Morones has cast other fine films, "La Bamba" was very fortunate to have had the talents of Junie Lowry as its casting director. LUIS VALDEZ Writer/Director "La Bamba"
July 29, 1990
Re the July 22 article on "outing" by Pat H. Broeske and John M. Wilson: Tattle-taling on closeted homosexuals. Yes! Just of kind of juicy smut I savor. You tantalize with tidbits: ". . . the alleged lesbianism of the daughter of a popular performer," a former model who ". . . claimed she had a relationship with a prominent TV and film actress." Yes! Yes! Don't stop! The excitement is building. The breath is faster. I turn the pages quickly. Pressure is mounting. Who? I want names, dammit!
August 2, 1987
I find it interesting that Steve Tisch says that he'd feel irresponsible making "Risky Business" today because it was aimed at teen-agers and "introduced them to the world of call girls and casual sex" ("Is Hollywood Getting the Message About Safe Sex?" by John M. Wilson, July 19). It was OK in 1983 but not today because of AIDS, right? He and other film makers are suddenly exhibiting a conscience about the negative role models they've been giving this vulnerable age group for years now. Parents who are trying to raise their children with strong values and high morals don't want to be thankful for a killer virus--but it's real tempting.