Tim Brustkern
Plainfield, Illinois

Still N.O. love from D.C.

Re Michael Swindle's "Flyover: Bush Stands Up Catholic Schoolgirls in the Big Uneasy" [January 13, villagevoice.com]: It is fantastic to see that the girls of Sacred Heart are getting so much attention for their protesting. New Orleans needs the attention. I'm an alum of Sacred Heart currently living in New York City. I've been back to New Orleans twice since Katrina, and it is heartbreaking to see. It is important that the nation not forget. The promises are not being kept. Things are not back to normal, even for the lucky 20 percent who did not lose their homes. Please keep covering stories on New Orleans.

Leigh Fenner

I'm one of the Sacred Heart girls who was at the rally. I just wanted to thank you for putting our story out there. Of all the articles I read about what we were doing, The Village Voice's was by far the best and explained exactly what we wanted to do.

Katie LeBon
Metairie, Louisiana

Sense and sensitivity

I was shocked by Leland de la Durantaye's nonsensical piece on my book Tête-à-Tête: Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre [The Essay, December 28, 2005– January 3, 2006]. The thing makes no sense. I do not mention Pascal, Descartes, Hegel, or Bourdieu, so why does de la Durantaye rant about them? In his vain and ignorant attempt to be smart-arsed, de la Durantaye produced arrant nonsense. Why does the Voice print this sort of crap? What purpose does it serve? De la Durantaye certainly did not do me or my book the slightest favor. It is the very opposite of what I was trying to do. And the opposite of what Sartre and Beauvoir were trying to do.

Hazel Rowley

Great affectations

Having just read Corina Zappia's "Awards for Awards" [NYC Life, January 17, villagevoice.com] I'm astounded that The Village Voice would put the responsibility for such pap in the hands of someone who obviously lacks the capability to do even the barest amount of research. Unless Zappia has been dwelling on Pluto for the last year, she should be aware that Johnny Depp's "devil goatee" is not an affectation developed for award shows, but a necessary growth for the character of Captain Jack Sparrow, in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise that Depp has been filming for the past year and will continue to shoot until the end of this year. Did Zappia think the gold teeth were an affectation as well? Do your homework, Zappia, or keep your uninformed opinions to yourself.

Barbara Katz
Wesley Chapel, Florida


In the January 11–17 issue of the paper, the photo of Phyllis Chesler should have been credited to Nicholas Burnham.

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