DONT KNOCK THE BROCK
Re: Marc Coopers book review Blinded by the Fight [May 1016], of David Brocks Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative. I dont get it. David Brock delivers an amazing document that corroborates that there was, as Hillary Clinton said, a right-wing conspiracy to bring down her husbands presidency. Brock writes as a worker in that enterprise. And what is Marc Coopers reaction? A major Cokie Roberts hissy fit on the authors character. But thats what the book is, Marc a confession. Brock doesnt say he is proud of what he did. He is trying to set the record straight. Why would you want to trash that? Did you find any lies in the book? Your review doesnt raise one substantive issue where Brock might be wrong on the facts. Okay, Brock calls Ann Coulter and the now-sainted Arianna Huffington fag hags. The horror! The horror! The same Ann Coulter who called for liberals to be shot. Whats with you, Marc? Jealous that Brock wrote a best-seller? Or are you still shilling for your fellow Clinton-hater Chris the Snitch Hitchens? Is that why you close your nasty little piece with an attack on Sidney Blumenthal?
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CHILE CON COJONES
Re: Marc Coopers Their 9/11 and Ours [May 1016]. I can only say that Marc Coopers efforts, and those of Judge Guzman, dont just provide healing for injustices past. I never thought I would live to even see in print a summons, let alone a petition, to extradite Henry Kissinger. The work in Chile cuts even the most despairing amongst us some inspirational slack.
Re: Erin Aubry Kaplans Breakfast of Champion [May 1016]. I loved this article. I am so glad that we have one member of our elected legislative body who can evoke ones admiration. Barbara Lee, like Cynthia McKinney, is above the reproach of the rest of the legislators, who signed the USA Patriot Act without reading its 342 pages. (You dont believe that was really written in the three weeks after 9/11, do you?) These two women are heroes of the highest order and worthy of being called true patriots.
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THE HIGH COST OF
The crisis at Ivanhoe Elementary School over the future of its dual-language program [Dueling for an Education, May 39] is but the latest example of the power of standardized testing to undermine educational quality. What the Ivanhoe experience underscores is that any part of the curriculum not specifically measured by standardized tests will be jettisoned, no matter how educationally valuable it is. Years from now, the full damage done to students in the name of accountability will emerge, but by that time it will be too late to remedy matters.
How fascinating was Lovell Estell IIIs birds-eye view of the L.A. riots [Trouble With Angels, April 26May 2]! How vivid his description of the looters vandalizing stores! How illuminating his guilt over ripping off that TV! How hypocritical that he not only still has it, but brags about it still working! A momentary lapse of reason is understandable given the situation, but he should have returned the TV. Half-assed guilt doesnt cut it anymore, people. This sort of fuzzy thinking insults both community and culture, and sets a lousy example. Im not trying to brand Estell a bad Joe. Im sure hes not. Its just that a wrong choice was made, and you have to rectify wrong choices, not let them slide.
BALM FOR SPIDER BITES
Re: I, Bug [May 39]. Although I doubt Ms. Dargis needs anyone to defend her, I just wanted to say that I was totally surprised by the large number of nasty, angry letters you printed in response to her review of Spider-Man. Even though I didnt completely agree with the article (I thought the movie was fun, despite its occasionally terrible script), Ms. Dargis piece was well-written and insightful, as her pieces always are. And my friends and I spent minutes laughing at the hilarious opening sentence.
Manohla Dargis review of The Piano Teacher [Music Drill, April 1218] was thoughtful, brainy, sure-footed, and a clear-eyed evaluation of a film that was certainly, for American eyes, much bolder than what were so often presented with. Her knowing the novel too was well beyond the call. Good stuff.
In last weeks On column, the Carlyle Group, a global private investment firm, was misidentified as the Carlisle Group.