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Prime Cut
Kudos for putting Optimus Prime on the cover. Transformers brought something new to the 2007 summer-movie market: optimum entertainment!
Tony Baker
Orange, Calif.

I got goose bumps when I saw Optimus Prime on your cover. Is it weird for a 35-year-old father of two to have a crush on a giant robot?
Brian Deaton
Hazard, Ky.

Transformers only got a B- (Movies)?! This was one of the best films I’ve ever seen — action-packed from beginning to end, it was an awesome ride.
Caryn Donoho
Xenia, Ohio

The Magic of Xanadu
Great article on Xanadu (”Hell on Wheels”). Sure, the movie’s a mess, but it’s a fun mess! I am thrilled that others feel the same way and took the time to breathe new life into this story.
Matt Dillon

Thanks for the story on the stage adaptation of Xanadu. However, it was strange that after declaring the music to be one of the few successful parts of the film, you neglected to mention Jeff Lynne (of Electric Light Orchestra). If you are going to name names when heaping scorn, it’s only fair that you do the same when giving credit.
Gregg Keefer
Jacksonville, Fla.

Parsing Potter
Like Stephen King, I also lament the passing of my summers with Harry Potter (The Pop of King). I read the first two books during my toddler’s nap time. That toddler, now my 10-year-old son, started reading the series last year and is finishing the fifth book. I envy him. But he reminds me that new generations of readers will discover these books — creating many future magical summers. I can’t think of a better legacy for an author.
Kris Birus
Irwin, Pa.

I sympathize with Mr. King about the personal loss of Harry Potter as a character and friend. The only other character I’ve missed dearly at the conclusion of a story is Stu Redman from The Stand, compliments of Mr. King himself.
BJ Hicks

Hearty Oates
Thank you for the profile on Joyce Carol Oates (”Ode to Joyce”). Although I’ve read only a small portion of the 117 books she has authored, I am a longtime admirer of hers. Your writer’s real and touching impressions of this larger-than-life talent were a pleasure.
Kathleen McKenna
Hingham, Mass.

Silly Stuff
To whoever said they didn’t want to offer Don Cheadle a ”silly” script (Spotlight), they must have never seen him on the Golden Girls sequel, The Golden Palace!
Gord McDougall