Jon Silver

Negative vibration

I thought Hoberman's comments about the late, great Bobby Darin (perhaps one of the most gifted people we will ever see in this lifetime) were uncalled-for and wrong. Why did Hoberman feel the need to express such extreme negativity toward Darin personally? To review a film is one thing, but to attack a man who is gone from this earth and who has been greatly overlooked in the industry is another.

Nicolle Houseman
St. Paul, Minnesota

Pit-y the owner

David Shaftel's article about pit bulls ["Man's Best Defense," August 24–30] was recently brought to my attention. It saddens me to read such an article. When people read this type of story, it simply makes the pit bull hysteria worse. If Shaftel had done any research on the breed before doing this piece, he would have found that Tyler Eison is the exact opposite of most pit bull owners. Most of us get pits because we value their loyalty and phenomenal temperaments. My pit feels that everybody in this world was put here to love her. She loves people, dogs, and cats. Granted, there are monsters such as Eison out there, and somehow they and their vicious pits are always the ones making the news. I wish that just once the majority of pits, the gentle ones that are great with babies, would get some hype.

Elizabeth Baker
Hinckley, Ohio

I find this article about pit bulls very disturbing, and if I knew where that mean owner Eison lived I would take his pits from him. I realize that he wants protection, but this is the wrong breed to do this with. Pit bulls have a very bad name because of people like him and the people in his surroundings—low-life people who want to fight their dogs and treat them like they don't have feelings. I have pit bulls and I care for and treat every one of them with love and respect. Pit bulls only have the name they do because of the people who own them. Why write a story about a person who wants to make pit bulls mean instead of a story that is trying to help the breed? Help people understand that pits are not vicious unless you make them that way—just like humans who have mean parents end up being mean too.

James Hakes
Camp Hill, Pennsylvania

Fetal attraction

Re Rebecca Raber's "TV's Last Taboo" [November 16–22]: Since when is dropping out of high school to work construction and raise a child while you are still basically a child yourself considered doing the right thing? Since when is conceiving a child, then killing it, the right thing to do? Showing abortion as a nonchalant choice is not something that should be encouraged. Whether it is legal or not, it is the killing of one's own child and shouldn't be taken lightly. Claiming that abortions should be abundant on television simply to keep up with other immoral subjects that are becoming less and less "taboo" is ridiculous. Art has never accurately reflected society anyway. I realize that abortions are legally performed in this country every day. That, however, is not a valid argument for putting it on every TV show. These shows are not news, but rather art and entertainment. As you admitted, there is enough upsetting content on television already.

Vivian Reed
North Adams, Massachusetts


Last week's review of the movie Rent misidentified the theater presenting the original Broadway production. It is the Nederlander Theatre.

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