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August 26, 1985
We are surely heading for "the sky is falling" mentality regarding AIDS. Isn't it time for a nationwide televised assembly of accredited medical personnel to inform us to the best of their knowledge? I certainly hope Gov. Deukmejian will restore the funds for AIDS research. SYLVIA TERRELL Los Angeles
October 5, 1985
As a reader who greatly appreciates the insightful humor and crisp writing of Mike Downey, I am now also impressed with his knowledge of several sports. Specifically, his warnings to Larry Holmes four days before the fight with Michael Spinks. JERRY M. MOORE Los Angeles
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.
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
"Facts of life" talks are still a squirmy rite of passage for teens and parents. But let's face it: There are some topics teenagers never broach with parents. How to put on a condom properly? Is there such a thing as a G-spot? Do girls like slobbery kisses? What, exactly, is oral sex? What is normal dance-floor fondling?
June 1, 1986 | Eilis Dillon, Dillon is the translator from the Irish of "The Lament for Arthur O'Leary" by Eileen O'Connell, found in many anthologies. and
Daniel O'Connell was one of the great political figures of the 19th Century. His impact was not confined to Ireland. In the English House of Commons, he helped to establish the principle of democracy and also to gain voting rights for the Jews. In Ireland, he is still known and venerated for his tireless labor in the cause of Catholic emancipation and of repeal of the Act of Union (1801). He was successful only in the first of these objects.
December 6, 2012 | By Max Boot
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.
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