Feedback: Nov. 7, 2014
Your opinions about Christopher Nolan's ''Interstellar,'' praise for Malala Yousafzai, and more
Reaching for the Stars
I was floored and delighted by your article on Interstellar. I have been anxiously awaiting this movie, and you gave me all the inside knowledge I’d hoped for. I was especially happy to read more about Christopher Nolan. I admire his directing so much, but I hadn’t heard much about him from a personal standpoint, and you clarified many things for me. He is an adventurer, and a believer in love, even within his movie creations. Thanks so much for the story.
In the Mood for Love
Many, many thanks to Karen Valby for giving romance fans as close as they will get to a little freakin’ respect. I don’t kid myself that one article — with supportive stats! — will end the snark, judgment, and patronizing pity that springs from strangers and family alike at my choice in reading material. But there is power in knowing others are out there, and we spend money. Publishers, keep them coming — our dollars are funding a lot of your ”real” books.
I was one of those literary snobs until two years ago, when I stumbled into a second career narrating the audiobook versions of many Regency romances, among others. And I have discovered that their authors are imaginative, detailed, diligent in their research, and full of their own passion — not just that of their heroes and heroines. Sure, you usually know what the ending is going to be, but isn’t that true of almost every movie ever made? It’s how you get there that intrigues.
Falls Church, Va.
In an otherwise great issue, your Bullseye missed the mark. I applaud Michael Keaton’s career resurgence and look forward to seeing Birdman. However, Malala Yousafzai‘s Nobel Peace Prize was more deserving of the center spot and (dare I say?) an article exploring what that award might mean for women and girls in a broader sense and how that might be reflected in pop culture.
Your footnote on Oscar-winning novelists (News and Notes) lists French author Pierre Boulle as winning the award for adapting his own novel The Bridge on the River Kwai. Yes, Boulle was given the Oscar for best adapted screenplay, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. The film put Boulle’s name in the credits because the two men who actually wrote the screenplay, Michael Wilson and Carl Foreman, were blacklisted at the time. Their names were added to the award in 1984, after both had died.
Corrections: Prolific romance novelist Nora Roberts has never estimated how long it takes her to write a new novel (”A Billion-dollar Affair”). In our Binge! on the Smiths (Music), we incorrectly identified photographs of drummer Mike Joyce and bassist Andy Rourke.
An Artist Unmasked
Behind every great superhero stands a great illustrator. An EW reader calls attention to an artist who helped bring Wonder Woman’s earliest incarnation to Amazonian glory.
I appreciate the spotlight cast upon comics culture with your review of Jill Lepore’s The Secret History of Wonder Woman (Books). The caption accompanying the review exercises great care to credit cartoonist Lou Rogers for the inset illustration but neglects to credit Harry G. Peter for the much larger image of Wonder Woman that dominates the page.
Peter worked with William Moulton Marston from the start to create the visual image of Wonder Woman. In fact, he continued to work on the series after Marston’s death. He also drew the ”Wonder Woman for President” image on your Contents page, and this vivid work was again sadly uncredited by you. Peter deserves to be acknowledged for his quirky style.
Matthew J. Smith
Professor of Communication
Director of Cinema Studies