In her very good and accurate brief of William Wyler’s The Letter, Hazel-Dawn Dumpert is wrong on one point, when she calls the film “a thrillingly nasty item that begins and ends with hot-blooded murder.” Bette Davis was indeed guilty of murder in the beginning, but she was, in the end, executed by the Asiatic girlfriend of her lover. Justice does not require a judge in robes or a state-authorized executioner. Justice required that Bette Davis die for what she did. Wyler knew it, and so does his audience.
I have a pet peeve regarding your “Where To Eat Now” section. For a long time it inexplicably lumped Highland Park in with downtown L.A., yet didn’t bother to actually include any Highland Park places. I am glad to see the addition in your paper of H.P. newbie the Gutter. It is a fine place to get food, even if you have no interest in what else is going on at Mr. T’s that night. But for god’s sake, please review some of the other kick-ass H.P. food establishments. My short list includes La Estrella (6103 N. Figueroa St.) for awesome fish tacos, La Fuente Restaurant (5530 Monte Vista St.) for out-of-this-world fajitas, Folliero’s Pizza & Italian Food (5566 N. Figueroa St.) for pizza that puts Casa Bianca to shame, Penny’s Burgers (6300 N. Figueroa St.) — they do it right.