August 16, 1992
Kudos to Bob Sipchen for his article, "We Sing to Keep From Crying" (Aug. 2). Both my 78-year-old mother and I read it, and we found it so moving that we could not keep from crying. A beautiful, honest piece of writing. I'll clip it to share with my students as a fine example of truth-telling. MARILYN KATHRYN HARRINGTON Writing Skills Program CalPoly, San Luis Obispo
March 1, 1992
And God said unto them: "i before e, except after c!" MARLENE STEIN Pahrump, Nev .
April 1, 2010
Two local authors examine how writers take on the challenges posed by political and cultural conflict in today's world . Laila Lalami , originally from Morocco, will discuss her latest novel, "Secret Son," which traces one boy's turn to radical Islam. Kenyan novelist, essayist, journalist, editor and all-around intellectual Ngugi wa Thiong'o will talk about "Dreams in a Time of War: A Childhood Memoir." ALOUD at Central Library, 630 W. 5th St. 7 p.m. Thu. www.lfla.org.
HOME & GARDEN
June 9, 2005
I was pleased to see the return of Lili Singer ["Clambering for Attention," May 12, and "The Hubbub Over Heucheras," June 2]. Her deep knowledge of plants and plant resources combined with her fresh writing style draw me into her articles. Nancy Pine Altadena
January 4, 2007
"Wooing With Writing: A Story's Quick End," [Dec. 28] is one of the cleverest articles you've had in The Times in a long time. Get rid of Joel Stein and give Stephen Krcmar his space. ERIC COOPER Santa Monica
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 2001
Re "How Can Writing in Your Journal Be a Crime?" Opinion, Aug. 5: I wholeheartedly agree with Joe Loya and his excellent depiction of the importance of journal writing. I was a troubled teen and used writing to work through my anger. I know that there were many inappropriate subjects I wrote about, mostly in poetic form. Things like strangling and raping girls. I never acted, nor would I ever have. It was more of an internal struggle for who I was and dealing with internal anger and pain.
May 24, 2003
I have been teaching high school English in the public school system for 29 years and have witnessed the decline in expository writing skills cited in "2 Rs Left in High School" (May 19). Part of the reason writing is so wretched is that reading is nearly nonexistent. Outside of a few core novels, most students do little to no reading in high school, certainly not the texts in their content-area classes. I know because I have asked them and surveyed them. Most classes are entirely oral experiences for students.
May 24, 2007
Denise Martin mused that the last "Gilmore Girls" episode drew the series to a comfortable close [" 'Gilmore Girls' Is Sealed With a Kiss," May 17]. That may be true, but how do the fans erase memories of a dismal seventh-season story line? I think the fans understood these characters better than the creative people behind the show. How could they replace Diner Luke with a whiny Christopher plotline? Luke and the diner were central to the success of the show and were sadly missed this season.
May 19, 1991
You are to be commended for giving generous space to the question of letter writing! Kenneth Zimmerman certainly holds his own, and I, for one, hope that ultimately some recognition will be given to letter-writing as a respectable genre of its own. And why not? After all, we had as a best-seller a novel composed entirely of letters: Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey's "A Woman of Independent Means." A. R. Gurney's delightful play, "Love Letters," which opened last year, has been extended for an indefinite run with impressive casts reading letters back and forth to each other.
August 7, 1994
From the Emmy nominations announced last week, the television academy sent out a message that there was not one other quality drama series in a whole season that deserved recognition for writing other than "NYPD Blue" (ABC). If such is the case, that does not bode well for the future of commercial television. Congratulations to the producers, writers, cast and crew of "NYPD Blue" on their record 26 Emmy nominations. I watched every week and I applaud their efforts. However, in terms of writing, there is a far more deserving drama series that was sorely overlooked by the academy--"Picket Fences" (CBS)