August 29, 2004
Having just read Jon Krakauer's "Under the Banner of Heaven," I was very interested in the article on Flora Jessop and her crusade to free the women held captive by an extremist religion ("Flora's War," by Matthew Heller, Aug. 1). It is appalling to learn that this offshoot of the Mormon Church is subsidized by our welfare system and is allowed to practice polygamy with little interference from law enforcement agencies. Women raised in this environment are brainwashed into believing that they have no rights and must marry--often in their early teens--whoever is chosen for them, bear children and be a household drudge.
May 3, 2005 |
Inspired in part by the critical commentary on women climbers in Jon Krakauer's "Into Thin Air," "Savage Summit" traces the careers of the only women -- two French, two British, one Polish -- who have summitted K-2, the second-highest and most lethal mountain in the world, and is, in a way, their epitaph. Each of those five women lost their lives climbing, three during their descent of K-2 after summitting.