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Mail: Kurt Cobain

Readers respond to Susan Lucci, John Lennon, and Nirvana

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Your tribute to the life and music of Kurt Cobain ( 219, April 22) was a sensitive and at times painful look at a man who defined our generation. I’m 16 and, like others my age, I understood Kurt and his problems. I don’t believe he was just another rock star who couldn’t handle fame. He was our rock star, our John Lennon.
Brian Devine Westwood, N.J.

As a fortysomething Nirvana fan, I can’t shake the ghoulish sense of deja vu regarding the whole sad business. Why each generation must have its day the music died remains a mystery. Cobain was in no way a prefab product of the industry-he was a principled, gentle soul as well as a brilliant musician.
Davis A. March Woodleaf, N.C.

David Browne’s article ”Kurt: The Maestro of Grunge” was the only magazine or newspaper story that portrayed what it meant to be a Nirvana fan. While others focused on the mysteries of his life and death, Browne wrote a mere page about what Cobain and Nirvana’s music meant to him, and he summed up exactly what people saw in him.
Eyal Goldshmid Orlando, Fla.

Give me a break! Kurt Cobain was a loser! MTV’s endless playing of Nirvana for days only glorified the idiot. Killing yourself is not tragedy-it’s only idiotic.
Ralph J. Pohl Memphis


Susan Lucci ”slipping” (”Desperately Slipping Susan?”)? Hardly-she is one of the top people in daytime, her movies of the week garner high ratings, her hair products sell well on QVC, and she has been popular on talk shows, such as The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Joan Rivers Show. She is a successful actress and entrepreneur who shows no sign of ”slippage” anywhere. Since our premiere in 1970, All My Children has been a multigenerational show and always will remain so. Susan’s value to the show is easily proven by the fact that she is always and will always be in one of our front-burner stories.
Felicia Minei Behr Executive Producer, All My Children New York City

Dana Kennedy quotes L. Virginia Browne, former head writer for Another World and The Guiding Light: ”There’s always a concern with older characters-they worry about being pushed to the background.” Perhaps her comment applied to soap operas in the past, but it doesn’t apply today. The concept that a woman ceases to be a romantic heroine when she passes 40 is dated and sexist. The last thing baby boomers want to see on TV is women their age relegated to having coffee and discussing their teenagers’ problems. One only has to tune in to AMC to see Lucci at her best.
Megan McTavish Head Writer, All My Children New York City


I thoroughly enjoyed the new Multimedia section, but it took me a while to get there because I read EW from cover to cover. Please continue to keep us informed on the newest technology.
Ron Falk Grand Rapids, Mich.