September 1, 1991
Sean Penn, like Bruce Springsteen, is a brilliant artist with human dimensions who sees the possibilities of a better world and has the courage to drive toward it with everything in him ("New Directions for Sean Penn," by Kristine McKenna, Aug. 18). He gives hope to everyone trying to get through these Badlands to someplace where it is not a sin to feel compassion, desire and love. Let others count their dollars and toys and reflections. Penn seems to count on something more. Best of luck to him and his kind.
August 18, 1991
Regarding "Slaughter of the Soul," Kristine McKenna's profile of artist Sue Coe (Aug. 4): Coe bravely crossed the threshold of hell to depict what devastation is wreaked upon our fellow critters in the slaughterhouses. She rightly quoted Dante, who said: "The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of great moral crises maintain their neutrality." Dante's Inferno was an allegory; Coe witnessed a true inferno. There are unlimited alternatives to the ghastly habit of meat eating, a cornucopia of health-giving fruits, grains, seeds and vegetables to rival the Garden of Eden.
October 18, 1998
The article on actor Derek Jacobi could not have been more appropriately titled ("Entering an Empire of Pain," by Kristine McKenna, Oct. 17). Perhaps it was in keeping with artist Francis Bacon's dark paintings; however, it was still a bold move to obscure the right side of the first column of the article with dark gray ink. If only your Calendar art director could have thought that one up in time for McKenna's ridiculous tirade about Woody Allen...
November 15, 1987
Regarding the letter from James Strombotne (Calendar Letters, Nov. 8), he was obviously intending to insult Kristine McKenna by suggesting she interview Tova Borgnine. As a student attending Pepperdine's Executive MBA program, I had the extreme pleasure recently of attending a lecture on entrepreneurship given by Borgnine. Borgnine is intelligent, erudite and generous. She is a role model of empowering leadership in management. Her hard work and belief in giving back to the system are inspiring.
April 25, 1993
I must say that "Yoko Reconsidered" is one of the best articles ever written on Yoko Ono. She has certainly earned her place as one of the most important artists in the world today. Her art is not only bold, expressive and original, but she stands alone as a major contributor to the conceptualist movement. I am grateful that Kristine McKenna was able to touch on Yoko's influence on leading artists in so many mediums. It's a shame that prejudice toward her has blinded the public from recognizing her genius.
June 18, 1995
I am wondering whether Kristine McKenna can add one more comment to her review of "Bystander: A History of Street Photography" (Book Review, April 30). She said there were a few things missing, among them work by Mary Ellen Mark. What I noticed is that hers is the only woman's name listed at all. I am somewhat familiar with photographers and admit the women that come to mind were known primarily for artistic or journalistic work. I am just wondering if McKenna knows of others. LINDA HOYER, WHITTIER
May 30, 1987
Regarding actor Crispin Glover's comments about his role in "River's Edge" ("Charting the Emotional Depths of 'River's Edge,' " by Kristine McKenna, May 23), i.e., ". . . the idea of a 16-year-old murderer is no more disturbing than the idea of a 40-year-old murderer . . ." and also: ". . . the story doesn't horrify me." If his quotes are accurate, then I am the one who is disturbed and horrified. The moral crossroads applied to the delinquents may well apply to Glover and his ilk. Heaven help us all. ROY ROUDINE Los Alamitos