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Who knew an itty-bitty word like It could cause such a ruckus? While many loved our annual who’s-cool list (#491/492, June 25/July 2), others had their own suggestions for It picks. Amanda Powers of Rowland Heights, Calif., cries, ”To leave off Buffy creator Joss Whedon is just a crime against humanity.” And fellow unsatisfied reader Andrew Kenneth of West Melbourne, Fla., says, ”I was shocked to discover your huge oversight of not including actress Natalie Portman on your It List.” And then there’s Johanna Edwards of Memphis, who writes: ”For the past three years, I’ve endured the likes of Uma Thurman, Cameron Diaz, and Heather Graham as It Girls. When are you giving us ladies an ‘It Guy’?” We’re looking into it, Johanna.

Full of it
Heather Graham is awesome. She is the perfect It cover girl. That’s it. That’s all I have to say.
Drew Marr
Riverside, Calif.

Your It list issue was the bomb! But having another scantily clad woman on the cover instead of Ricky Martin was a slap in the face to female readers. Yes, Graham is talented and beautiful, but she’s not the one who’s been talked about virtually nonstop recently, sold millions of CDs, had a No. 1 single, and brought Latin music and culture to the forefront.
Renee Newbold
Newport News, Va.

You goofed! The blue-eyed blond you should’ve had on your cover was your choice for It Actress — Sarah Polley. I have long admired her acting and activism, so it’s great to see her finally getting more recognition. It won’t be long until she makes another of your annual issues — the Oscar issue.
Andi Yasick
Bordentown, N.J.

As purchaser of ”the most infamous dessert in movie history” (mentioned under the It Sibs capsule honoring Paul and Chris Weitz), I feel credit should be given where credit is due. Though Ralphs supermarket makes a tasty pie, it was the Costco shopping club bakery’s apple pie that filled our needs. You see, the boys wanted a substantial receptor for Jason Biggs. I guess they don’t call him ”Biggsy” for nothin’. Check out that tube sock in the opening scene.
Chris Call
Property Master, American Pie
Universal Pictures
Los Angeles

I took your quiz and was bothered that going to see Wild Wild West, watching The Real World, and listening to TLC got me no points at all. As your average know-it-all, not-going-to-clean-my-room teenager, I know that these things are in and definitely ”it.”
Sonia Poltoratski
College Station, Tex.

You listed the X-Files under ”Who’s Losing It.” Why have you attacked the show you named No. 5 of the 100 best TV shows of all time? Did you watch season 6? It was one of the best seasons in X-Files history. Just because a show has lost a million or so viewers doesn’t mean you need to attack it.
Eric Jost
Leawood, Kan.

It’s a man’s world
Does anyone really think we would watch shows like The Man Show and Happy Hour (”Men Overboard!”)? Yes! Why? Because they’re funny. The purpose of these shows is not to give a serious point of view; it’s to make us laugh at all the stereotypes of men today. Shows that have low-class humor and slapstick are funny. And as far as I’m concerned, this form of entertainment will always have its place.
Stephen Fasano
Watertown, Conn.

Guts and gory
Owen Gleiberman’s review of Hannibal was right on. The book deserves to be on top of the charts. It may not have any of the redeeming, good-for-you qualities that Oprah’s Book Club books flooding the best-seller lists have, but it is much more entertaining. I just hope we don’t have to wait another 11 years for Harris to write another novel.
Linsey O’Donnell
Coalport, Pa.

Please tell me where I can get the version of Hannibal that Owen Gleiberman reviewed! The copy I got stuck with was a Grand Guignol-style blood-fest, devoid of any redeemable (or multidimensional) characters, a poisoned valentine from Thomas Harris to anyone who dared love his first two Lecter novels. In my version, the two central figures from Silence of the Lambs were rendered unrecognizable, his sense of menace diminished and her heroism obliterated. I can’t wait to read the novel Gleiberman described!
Robert Naugle
Mount Pleasant, S.C.