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Charles Zigmund
Pleasantville, New York


Holy helpful term!

Crosley's inability to be forthcoming about the fact that she consumes fish—though still considers herself a vegetarian—can be relieved with a simple vocabulary lesson. A pescetarian is someone who supplements a vegetarian diet with fish. If Crosley feels the need to label herself, she can use this term and needn't feel guilty, lie about her last supper, or be shunned by the veggie club any longer!

Jess Mann
Greenpoint


Pepperoni dreaming

I am sitting here eating a piece of pizza that I have picked the meat off of and laughing out loud at Sloane Crosley's essay. I technically don't eat meat either but I order the pepperoni and peel it off so at least I can sneak some of the taste. That's my dirty vegetarian secret! I really thought this was one of the most astute things I have ever read in the Voice. The whole vegetarian fad has been played out for years but Crosley's article has breathed new life into the matter.

Robert LeHane
Brooklyn


Lone starved for sushi

I absolutely loved Crosley's essay. I don't believe I've ever agreed with anyone on the subject more. Vegetarianism is becoming increasingly easier; if only I were in New York and not Texas, I'm sure the sushi there would be far more tempting.

Albert Perez
Denton, Texas


Pellucidation

Re "Poor Students, Fast Learners" by Anya Kamenetz [Generation Debt, May 18-24]: Kamenetz's statement that students must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours to retain a Pell Grant is wrong. For a student to be eligible to receive a Pell Grant, she must only be enrolled in at least one credit hour. The Pell Grant program pays out based on a student's expected family contribution and enrollment status. It is a sliding scale of sorts. The more credits students take, the more Pell they receive at their expected family contribution level.

Rebekah Murray
Sidney, Ohio

Anya Kamenetz replies: I want to thank Ms. Murray for pointing out the error. While less-than-half-time students are not eligible for federally subsidized student loans, they can receive Pell Grants. In 1999- 2000, according to the Government Accountability Office, the average Pell Grant for a less-than-half-time student was $465, while the average Pell Grant all students received was $1,915. For the students in my story, there is a clear incentive to remain enrolled at a level where they are eligible for enough aid to live on, even if they must also work.


Correction

The photo of Johnny T, Justine D, Michael T, and Georgie Seville (the Motherfucker crew) on page 102 of last week's issue should have been credited to Alexander Thompson.

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