Jeanne Kyle
Long Beach, California

Psychology today

James Ridgeway's Mondo Washington articles are the best of the best. No one compares to him. His writing is frank, simple, free of big words, informed, relevant—in other words, straight to the point.

Ridgeway's an unusual journalist. All the others confuse the issues with side comments and opinions, but Ridgeway sticks to the facts and then asks the hard questions. If Bush doesn't get beaten, Ridgeway can make a difference by holding Bush's feet (and boots) to the fire until he gradually gets out the truth. Still, I have my doubts about this because Bush seems from his addiction days to have the character residuals of denial, fabrication, win-at-any-cost, and training by his father in politics, with a touch of warped religious belief that allows him to do anything in the name of Jesus and God.

Al S. Morrison
Silver Springs, Texas

Political correction

I found Mike Phillips's characterization of the Living Museum as having "New York's kookiest artists" [Best of New York, October 6–12] to be distasteful.

I am a person with a psychiatric disability and find the term "mentally handicapped" to be outdated and condescending. Some of the people in that museum have displayed in Soho, and I feel they deserve their respect as outsider artists.

Carl Herr

Chronicle of deaths foretold

Re Ta-Nehisi Coates's "Black, White, Read: News Orgs Are Serving Up the Sudan Conflict as a Race War. Sadly, It's Not That Simple" [Press Clips, September 29–October 5]: The unfolding tragedy in Sudan is ethnic cleansing—genocide, plain and simple. Fifty thousand people are dead, and many hundreds of thousands of lives are threatened. Who cares whether it's portrayed in the media as a race war or a color war?

The bigger story is why we're letting it happen once again.

Herb Pinder
Upper West Side

Death dealer

Thank you, Ward Sutton, for your latest in a series of brilliant cartoons ["A Culture of Life," Sutton Impact, October 20–26]. I was really hoping someone would make the connection between Bush's vaunted "culture of life" and his practice of promoting death all around.

You left out the job he has done on the environment, and his enjoyment of killing helpless animals when he was a kid . . . but who knows, maybe another time.

Naomi Rhoads
Seattle, Washington


In Charles McNulty's "Greek Love" [October 13-19], it should have been noted that The Antigone Project was conceived by Chiori Miyagawa and Sabrina Peck.


Hillary Chute's "Everybody Slept Here" [Best of New York, October 6–12] incorrectly stated that the Hamilton Grange Library is on the site of Alexander Hamilton's historic home, called "the Grange." The Hamilton Grange Library was named after Hamilton's nearby, historic home at 287 Convent Avenue.

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