TV VS. MOVIES
Thank you for your cover story ”TV Saves the World” (#297, Oct. 20). I’ve said for years that the real place for quality entertainment is the small screen — your 10 reasons why were right on target, especially the facts that women have better roles, the dramas are better, and writers are more important. However, I am sick of end credits squeezed to the sides of the screen. Genia Shipman, Studio City, Calif. WriteTV@aol.com
Comparing TV with the movies is like comparing a Volkswagen Bug with a Maserati. On any given day you can find 10 plausible reasons why a Bug is superior to the Maserati, but the fact remains that driving a Bug will always be economical and uninteresting — just like 95 percent of TV programming. Tom Mangan, Peoria, Ill. ThomasM61@aol.com
Thanks for the wonderful article on Patrick Stewart and his post-Star Trek roles, including Prospero in Broadway’s The Tempest. But I look forward to the day when the press finds a more suitable adjective than bald to describe this incredible actor. How about multitalented, intelligent, charismatic, or just plain sexy. Marilee Rafferty, La Crescenta, Calif.
Your deeply cynical story of the machinations behind Alanis Morissette’s rise missed a key point. When hundreds of songs get released and ”You Oughta Know” stands out, that’s not the work of record label gurus — it’s the work of a talented artist. Bill Bitopoulos, Cambridge, Mass.
David Browne’s review of Green Day’s latest CD seemed to be nothing but pointless criticism rather than an explanation of its ”B” rating. Mr. Browne used every opportunity to criticize yet another successful band, giving the impression that the only good band is one with no money and no spot in the top 20. By the end of this article, I felt that I knew less about punk rock than when I had started. Sarah Gordon, Allentown, Pa. Hard2Plees@aol.com
You said of the upcoming movie Courage Under Fire that Denzel Washington costars as ”an Air Force investigator who must determine [Meg] Ryan’s suitability as the first woman to win the Congressional Medal of Honor.” We know that Hollywood takes artistic license, but here are the facts: It is called simply the Medal of Honor — Congress only approves the military award, it’s not the source of the citation. At least two eyewitness accounts are used to determine a person’s suitability for this award, which is then reviewed by a military board from that branch of service. And Mary Elizabeth Walker, a civilian surgeon in the Civil War, was the first woman to receive it. S. Michael Williams, Executive Administrator, Congressional Medal of Honor Society Mount Pleasant, S.C.