Letters from our readers
James White is my hero. His s-p-e-c-t-a-c-u-l-a-r images of Cameron Diaz (”Cameron Diaz & the Paparazzi”) left me drooling and blubbering like a toothless baby. Not only were they stunning photos of a beautiful (and talented) actress, but they totally nailed their classic Hollywood homages. Just as the article ordered, I skipped past the interview to stare in delight at the ’50s-, ’60s-, ’70s-, and ’80s-styled Cameron, who went from reluctant sexpot to heat-seeking starlet in one breathtaking page.
There are no words to describe how excited I was to receive the Photo Issue. I have been an EW groupie for years, waiting for the latest issue so I can read up on movie news, but the main reason I stand up and shout praise weekly is the magnificent photographers that come with it: Martin Schoeller, Isabel Snyder, and James White, to name a few. Their pictures ooze stardom, rawness, and, at times, an unjudgmental view of people without fame or fortune, just being themselves.
Palm Harbor, Fla.
As a budding photographer, I look forward to EW’s Photo Issue all year. If I were a man, this would be my swimsuit edition. To the EW photographers: Keep up the great work, and thanks for the weekly dose of inspiration to portrait-passionate photography students.
Cameron Diaz has already had enough exposure to last a lifetime. I would have much rather seen her accomplished In Her Shoes costar, Toni Collette, gracing the cover of your Oct. 14 issue. After watching Collette’s Oscar-worthy performance in this film — in which she not only outacts but outshines Diaz — I feel she deserves all the attention and magazine covers befitting a superstar in the making.
Parkersburg, W. Va.
Just three words about the funny photo shoot with Amy Sedaris (”Say Cheese”): more, more, more! I don’t understand why she doesn’t have her own show; she’s a national treasure!
Imagine my pleasant surprise to see August Wilson’s passing handled with such grace and dignity in a two-page article placed so prominently in your magazine (News & Notes). Sadly, far too many people are unaware of Mr. Wilson’s massive contributions to not only theater but our collective culture as well. One can only hope that history will put him in the same category as Arthur Miller, Thornton Wilder, and Eugene O’Neill: the Greatest American Playwrights of the 20th Century.
Thank you for the great tribute to August Wilson in your recent issue. Not only did you give the story prominence, but you resisted the temptation to categorize Mr. Wilson solely as an African-American playwright. While Mr. Wilson’s plays centered on African-American characters, his impact was far deeper. He was a master of dialogue and emotion and his works transcended race. He is not merely the greatest African-American playwright of our time; he is also one of America’s greatest playwrights ever.