February 12, 1989
As I have read about the "Project X" controversy, I have become more and more curious about how animals that work in movies are treated. According to the Los Angeles Times Magazine, Vicki Hearne's story was "The Trainers' Side of the Controversy." Now, I would like to hear the other side. WANDA BOWSER Mission Hills
December 22, 1985
Thanks for Vicki Hearne's tidy narrative "The Philosopher's Cat" (Nov. 3) . And thanks for that delightful photograph of Jack. I look deep into those tabby eyes and study that intelligent face, and, with apologies to Larry Wright, I wonder with awe, "Who is the philosopher and who is the philosophee ?" Larry Hugbee Burbank
November 13, 1994 |
Children cup their hands over them and hold keenly still against the plump and Pop of their flight. It matters to let go quickly for the rhythm of the thing, capture and grasping are release as with thought From "The Parts of Light" by Vicki Hearne. (The Johns Hopkins University Press: $12.95; 79 pp.) 1994 Reprinted by permission.
January 16, 1994 |
ANIMAL HAPPINESS by Vicki Hearne. (HarperCollins: $20; 256 pp.) Vicki Hearne, animal trainer, poet and philosopher, has been writing delightfully and with much delight about animals for decades. In the proud tradition of James Thurber she pauses not a moment in her assumption that humans were put on the planet to live up to the expectations and high moral standards of dogs.
February 5, 1989
As the screenwriter of "Project X," I want to thank you for your in-depth article exploring the trainers' side of the cruelty controversy ("Animals in Hollywood--Actors or Victims?" by Vicki Hearne, Dec. 11). I know Hubert Wells and Mark Hardin, and I find them to be decent, compassionate and intelligent men. I was on the set for a good part of the movie, and I never witnessed them or the other trainers abusing any of the chimpanzees. It's a cruel irony to make an animal rights film and have it condemned for the very issues that it speaks out against.