Letters

David Rein
Georgia State University
Atlanta


CINEMA ON THE ATTACK

Thank you, J. Hoberman, for the article "Made in Hollywood" [December 11]. It is one of the few pieces I have read that effectively discusses the role Western culture, in this case film, has played in imagining the atrocities that your city has faced. Unfortunately, I'm not sure that moving back to a "wholesome" cinema [as was suggested by a TV executive quoted in the article] will dampen the specter of terrorism. I fear that in the future terrorists may resort to ever greater acts of violence to obtain world attention. The question following September 11 may unfortunately be, what next?

Matthew Smith
Canberra, Australia


DEADPAN ALLEY

Thank you for Michael Atkinson's insightful "Moviehead Gift Guide" [December 4]. However, Atkinson attributed the recent 11-disc Buster Keaton set to Facets Video. The Art of Buster Keaton was released by Kino Video, though it can be ordered through Facets.

Ray Privett
Facets Video
Chicago, Illinois


SUPER MODEL

In the November 13 letters section, Bill Putney cites Nat Hentoff's views on human rights as "a model for me in standing up for my beliefs . . . in a way that has helped me be proud of the capabilities of human beings."

However, this would not be the case if the human being is a woman, who, according to Hentoff, should not be allowed control over her own body—i.e., to have an abortion if she, and not Hentoff, decides that is in her best interests.

Marcella Tobias
Manhattan

Nat Hentoff replies: I suggest Marcella Tobias look at a sonogram at any stage of pregnancy, and she will see a human being with his or her own independent DNA.


CORRECTION

A sentence in a letter from Dave Silver in last week's issue was cut for space reasons, distorting its meaning. The sentence should have read: "Goldstein quotes some prominent Jewish people to see whether Sharpton passes the so-called 'friend of the Jews' test to determine whether we can trust them."

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