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Mail from our readers — Check out letters from those who agreed with us, and those who didn’t, on John Malkovich, Charles Manson, and more

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He’s Bad
Thank you so much for the great cover story on John Malkovich (#182, Aug. 6), the very best of the bad guys. His amazing acting ability in In the Line of Fire made me wonder if this was the same man who had been amazingly brilliant in Of Mice and Men. Not only is he capable of such 180-degree shifts of acting, but he is also very sexy. Keep up the good work, EW!
— Janel Wagner
Las Vegas

Gracias for ”The Touch of Evil,” about John Malkovich. It’s about time this fantastic actor’s talent is spotlighted. I think his evil touch can be attributed to his stunning likeness to Dr. Seuss’ Grinch: that turned-up smile is more Grinch than Dali. John was the star of In the Line of Fire. Eastwood was good, but Malkovich was exceptional. I say, Academy, pencil in Malkovich!
— Angela Moskos
La Grange, N.C

Hooked On Geezers
As a 19-year-old ”fresh babe,” I take offense to your sexist ”Babes & Geezers” (News & Notes). My favorite actors — Sean Connery, Tom Skerritt, Jack Nicholson, Dean Stockwell, Ed Harris, etc. — would all be considered ”wrinkled geezers” by Ms. Grisolia. Let me just say that I’d be the May to one of their Decembers before I’d go watch so-called sex symbol Tom Cruise stumble through The Firm again!
— Karen M. Bunch
Torrance, Calif.

Manson Murders
You don’t miss anything, do you? I thought I would have to wait at least until next summer before the press remembered the Manson murders. I couldn’t believe it when I saw that Encore recognized the anniversary of the most significant and horrifying murders in American history. Roman Polanski will always be my favorite director, and I think Sharon Tate was the most beautiful woman who ever lived. Thank you for staying ahead of everyone else.
— Patrick S. Young
Greensboro, N.C.

Can-Tankerous
I’m sure there must be a reason for the ”Do not flush toilet” sign in the MTV Beach House, but EW has my sincerest thanks for not telling us what it is.
— Stephen Spignesi
East Haven, Conn.

Bone of Contention
Re: Jean A. Pudlo’s letter, correcting you for wrongly identifying a metatarsal bone of the human hand [#179, July 16]. May I clarify once and for all? The metacarpal is present in the hand and the metatarsal is in the foot.
— Melinda Kausek
Office Manager
Greater Pittsburgh Foot and Ankle
Murrysville, Pa.

Classic Humor
In TV’s Classic 101 shows (#181, July 30), you say, ”Sophocles’ Antigone. DaVinci’s Mona Lisa. Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony. Sherwood Schwartz’s Gilligan’s Island. All great works of art have one thing in common: They endure.” Thanks for putting me in such illustrious company. But about the billing… — Sherwood Schwartz
Beverly Hills, Calif.