Diana Sinclair
Salem, Massachusetts


Re "The Black Book" [August 7] by Miles Marshall Lewis: I agree with Nelson George in his closing comment about the black imprints at major publishing houses: that if they "all are closed down in five years and they've spawned three good writers who'll have a constituency and continue going on, then they'll have served their purpose."

The argument about high literary pursuits versus more common populist material is such a nonproductive one, particularly for us unknown African American writers, who need every possible opportunity to be read. It is also such a facile argument for well-known writers to indulge in.

The American marketplace is laden with invaluable as well as mediocre commodities. There will always be a market for junk and a market for high art.

Noel Holton
Baltimore, Maryland


In his review of Redman ["What Fresh Sell," August 14], Chris Ryan refers to the rapper as "Jersey City's pride and joy." Redman is from Newark, not Jersey City. He constantly reminds the listener of this. It's a minor detail, but not to his many fans.

Alex Masnyk


• The sidebar to James Ridgeway's article "Manhattan's Milosevic" ("Harms and the Man," August 21) incorrectly stated that East Timor won its independence from the Dutch. East Timor was a Portuguese colony.

• The year of the fatal crash of race car driver Ayrton Senna was given incorrectly in Allen St. John's "The Marlboro Man" (August 21). The crash occurred on May 1, 1994.

• The credit line for the photograph that accompanied Geoffrey Gray's article "Check, Please!" (August 7) should have stated that it was taken in the Village Chess Shop.

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