Mail from our readers
Many thanks for the great story on the Oscars (#321, April 5). I particularly wanted to thank you for pointing out a wonderful speech that most of the news media missed: Kevin Spacey’s. It was one of the few that was moving, funny, and truly self-deprecating. Thanks for recognizing a great artist who’s hitting his stride.
Loved this issue overall, but I do have one quibble: Ken Tucker calls ”Colors of the Wind” a ”tuneless tune.” That was true on Oscar night, but I blame Vanessa Williams. She may be ”unspeakably beautiful,” but as a singer she’s just plain unspeakable.
Hey, baby. That was some issue! I mean it, baby! [Laughs.] You chronicle the facts, girl. [More laughs. Mug for one minute; milk it for whatever it’s worth.] Hey, EW, you are one good-looking magazine, but you should think twice before encouraging the repeat offense of having Whoopi host the Oscars again. I mean, like, some of us don’t think she’s at all funny, baby, or even articulate, baby. [Laughs. Applause. Mug for one minute and milk it for whatever it’s worth.]
I found David Browne’s review of the new Stone Temple Pilots album insulting and mean-spirited. He devoted half of his review to an in-depth description of the album’s cover and foldout poster, made degrading comments about [singer] Scott Weiland’s appearance, and called the band members ”girlymen.” Was all this really necessary? Personally, I would’ve appreciated it if Browne had paid more attention to the music.
Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
I, of Nuke
EW readers may be interested to know there are two other plot points in Broken Arrow that don’t square with reality (News & Notes). First, the Air Force would never fly a stealth bomber with actual nuclear bombs to study the possibility that gamma-radiation emissions could reveal the plane’s location to an adversary. Second, U.S. nuclear weapons are probably the most tamper-resistant things in the world. A pilot, like the one played by John Travolta, would never be able to override the electronic lock and arm the bomb, and any effort to tamper with the weapon would automatically render it useless. Broken Arrow is an exciting movie, but viewers shouldn’t spend too much time worrying that what they’ve seen on screen is going to happen anytime soon.
Stephen I. Schwartz
EDITOR’S NOTE: Schwartz is director of the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Cost Study Project at the Brookings Institution.