Kiefer madness struck readers who whiled away the hours with our story on Sutherland’s TV drama 24 (#679, Oct. 25). ”You guys are major teases,” accuses Anne Schneider of St. Clair Shores, Mich. ”I thank you for the ‘reader advisory,’ but now I can’t read any of it! Am I supposed to save the issue until the new season ends? Don’t laugh. That’s just what I’m going to do!” ”Next time more photos of Dennis Haysbert (President Palmer),” says Bloomington, Ill.’s Catherine Lawry. ”He gets my vote for best supporting actor.” It’s Carlos Santana who rocks the vote of Glendale, Calif.’s Gigi Duenas: ”As a Latina growing up in the San Francisco Bay area in the ’60s, Santana was the soundtrack to my youth and continues to be my auditory passion. Mr. Santana, please know that you indeed have a well-deserved seat at the ‘music of spheres’ table with Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Charlie Parker.” Someone pass the jam!
24 is not only ground-breaking television (with its one-hour episodes in real time), but it also has more twists and turns than any other show out there. Granted, you’ve always supported the show, but to finally see Kiefer Sutherland hit the cover — that may be exactly what the show needs to hit mainstream status. ANTHONY COVINO Covino2000@aol.com Waterbury, Conn.
I was thrilled to see 24 on the cover! I spent an entire 24 hours catching up when the episodes were recently released on DVD. I am eagerly awaiting season 2, and I’m happy to find that I’m not alone in my love for this great show! JAKE LEWIS email@example.com Amherst, Mass.
TV’s ”next great cult Hit”? You mean 24 wasn’t already one last year? You think if you scream it loud enough, often enough, it will become one? Doubtful. I bought the hype and made myself watch the first several episodes last season and found it impossible to bear. VINCE DATTOLI Burlingame, Calif.
Moore Power to You
Thanks for the non-puff-piece interview with Michael Moore, whose career I’ve followed since the great Roger & Me (”Michael Moore: Under Fire”). Liberal voices in this country right now are so compromised or shouted down that I am willing to tolerate Moore’s faults to get to the issues that he’s putting across, like gun control and racism. If the right wing can live with equally manipulative and egotistical spokespersons like Bill O’Reilly and Ann Coulter, then the left can surely survive Michael Moore. CHUCK MABRY firstname.lastname@example.org Lanham, Md.
I greatly enjoyed reading your interview with Michael Moore. But what’s interviewer Daniel Fierman’s problem? Almost every question was antagonistic — it was like an interrogation. Couldn’t Fierman have mentioned Bowling for Columbine’s rave reviews or its special 55th anniversary prize at Cannes? FRED MEDICK Los Angeles
For someone who is supposedly so enamored with language, Jonathan Franzen is terribly careless with his spoken words (Close-Up). If he indeed believes that ”anything within reason that gets books into the public eye is a good thing,” then perhaps he should be using words of apology — to his fellow writers, who would have graciously accepted Oprah’s nod. Because now, sadly and perhaps not so coincidentally, lesser-known writers will never get a chance at that literary lottery — a call from Oprah, whose book club disappeared not long after Franzen’s snub. T. GREENWOOD San Diego