Letters to the Editor


To the Editor:

Forgive me, but I find it hard to believe that the issue headlined “The Furies” (Sept. 22) did not burst into flames as I held it in my manly hands. I’m beginning to feel intimidated / discriminated against. Enough already!

David Koppele
Westbury, N.Y.

To the Editor:

Today’s Book Review sends as powerful a message as literature can. Michiko Kakutani’s review of Margaret Atwood’s “The Testaments,” which quotes the insidious rise of the “ordinary,” followed immediately by Susan Faludi’s review of “She Said.” Brilliant! Lisa Bloom tried to turn Weinstein’s wickedness into just that kind of “ordinary” that no one challenged. The juxtaposition could not be more enlightening. I’m so moved and I haven’t even read about Brett Kavanaugh yet.

Ginny Agnew
Austin, Tex.

To the Editor:

Reading was once known as a great escape. “There is no Frigate like a Book,” wrote Emily Dickinson, “To take us Lands Away.” And I turn to the Book Review to find books that will sail me far from our sinking ship of state. Yet your last two issues reviewed books on: Brett Kavanaugh, Afghanistan, “Stalkers, Pervs, and Trolls,” migration literature, ocean piracy, “Women, Crime and Obsession,” #MeToo and more.

Can’t the Book Review find a few more frigates out there?

Bruce Watson
Montague, Mass.

To the Editor:

In her review of “The Testaments,” by Margaret Atwood, Michiko Kakutani approvingly quotes the claim, “Ordinary is what you are used to. This may not seem ordinary to you now, but after a time it will.” But why suppose this is bound to be true? George Orwell disagrees. In “1984,” he says of Winston Smith: “It was true that he had no memories of anything greatly different,” but “was it not a sign that this was not the natural order of things, if one’s heart sickened at” one’s circumstances?

Felicia Nimue Ackerman
Providence, R.I.

The writer is a professor of philosophy at Brown University.

What on Earth?

To the Editor:

Bill McKibben makes excellent points in his review of Tatiana Schlossberg’s new book, “Inconspicuous Consumption” (Sept. 15). And he is clearly on her side in the first half of the piece. However, his insistence on the “correct” way to fight what we now know to be impending world disaster is laughable. I understand the politics. However, at this point at least in this country, we really need to fight the war on multiple fronts. Beauty, for example, is a worldwide industry, with French-based conglomerates like L’Oreal and the United States-based Procter & Gamble insisting on keeping on with the plastic even though we now know the harm of microplastics. United Kingdom-based companies like Lush at least have a clue: Individual choices online and in American cities can still make a world of difference.

Akiko Ichikawa


The Sketchbook feature on Sept. 22 misstated where two co-founders of Naiad Press lived in the 1970s. Barbara Grier and Donna McBride lived in Missouri; they never lived in Rehoboth Beach, Del. (Two other co-founders, Anyda Marchant and Muriel Crawford, did live in Rehoboth Beach.) The feature also referred incorrectly to a planned television interview that the Boston Archdiocese succeeded in blocking in 1985. It was supposed to be with both authors of “Lesbian Nuns: Breaking Silence,” not “with one co-author.”


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