July 22, 1990
What a pity that as interesting and important a book as Marjorie Perloff's "Poetic License" should have fallen into the hands of as limited and biased a reviewer as Thomas M. Disch! Clearly Disch lacks both the necessary sympathy and the knowledge with which to approach both the poetry and poetics of today. . . . PIERRE JORIS ENCINITAS
June 8, 1986
For a book about the "spicy" line of pulp magazines (Spicy Detective, Spicy Mystery, etc.) published by Culture Publications in the 1930s, I would appreciate hearing from anyone with knowledge or examples of the stories and authors of this genre. SIDNEY ALLINSON 24 Ravencliff Crescent Scarborough, Ont.
December 6, 2012 |
The Defense Intelligence Agency is planning to dramatically expand the ranks of its covert "collectors" - a.k.a. case officers or, more popularly, spies. It has 500 or so and hopes to double that number. There is nothing inherently wrong with this plan, which is being pushed by the DIA's new director, Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn. It is unlikely to lead to a militarization of U.S. foreign policy, as some fear - the military is already the dominant player in the intelligence community, with its control not only of the Defense Department's DIA but also the National Security Agency and other high-tech outfits.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 1991
It is extremely disturbing to hear an authority figure--(Judge Luis A. Cardenas; "Judge Likens Molestation Victim to 'Tart,' " July 19)--objectifying a 13-year-old victim to pastry. Not only was he blaming the victim--making her less than a human being but more than a young teen-ager--he once again perpetuated a very, very blinding misconception. Please allow me to set the record straight: Molestation has nothing to do with the victim's sexual knowledge, interest or experience; molestation is all about anger, control, violence and destruction.
December 31, 1994
In his Dec. 24 Saturday Letter, John Mendez wishes that "someone would tell Zelig that just because a proposition is passed it does not necessarily mean that it is constitutional." I stand told. But this put-down is in concert with Salonen's statement--while in Mexico with the Los Angeles Philharmonic--that the supporters of Proposition 187 lacked knowledge and rationality. In a democracy we are governed by laws passed by the majority even if the law is not to our liking. The last word on the constitutionality of Prop.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 1988
As a CIGNA physician, I was horrified to read Al Martinez's column on Nov. 30. The horror resulted not from lack of response he got with his phone calls, but the lack of knowledge he displayed in calling the wrong people, and his abuse of power in writing the column. Mr. Martinez is obviously unaware that he called two clinics, which have nothing to do with the private practice model and have no knowledge of the method of obtaining any information concerning it. He could have just as well been calling about homeowner's insurance.