All in the family
Thank you for your wonderful cover article about novelist Christopher Rice ''For the singer/songwriter see Chris Rice
Christopher Travis Rice (born March 11, 1978 in Berkeley, California) is an American author. Rice has written three best-selling novels: A Density of Souls, The Snow Garden, and Light Before Day. ["A Chip Off the Old Blockbuster," August 29]. I have no doubt that his work, A Density of Souls, will have a built-in audience among the legions of his mother's devotees, but what they will find is a finely crafted and compelling work that clearly shows his talent may be genetic--but his style is not at all derivative. Rice will long live under the shadow of his mother's popularity, but I have no doubt that if his future offerings continue to reveal the talent for storytelling that is so finely displayed in A Density of Souls, he will soon emerge into his own light. Bravo, Christopher!
Richard Clawson, South Bend South Bend, city (1990 pop. 105,511), seat of St. Joseph co., N Ind., on the great south bend of the St. Joseph River, in a farming and mint-growing region; inc. as a city 1865. , Ind.
I read your interview with Christopher Rice, and it made me want to read his book. A few days later I purchased it, and I have not put it down since. It is a must-read for everyone! I wish I could thank Christopher personally because I have not found a book that even compares to his. It has made me stop and think I was openly gay in high school, and I consider myself lucky I was not harassed or picked on. Once again, thank you.
Shaun McIlquham, Greenwood, Ind.
As Norman Bates Norman Bates is a fictional character created by writer Robert Bloch as the central character in his novel Psycho. The character was based on real-life serial killer Ed Gein. put it, "A boy's best friend is his mother." There's nothing wrong with being part of that elite group "Children of" (dubbed so by Paul Rudnick Paul M. Rudnick (b. 29 December 1957) is a screenwriter and playwright. His plays include "I Hate Hamlet", "Jeffrey", "The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told" and "Valhalla". He also writes for Premiere Magazine under the pseudonym "Libby Gelman-Waxner". ), unless they try to convince us they made it entirely on their own. Certainly it's no disgrace to enter one's parent's--or parents'--line of work, but it's not really the stuff of magazine covers. (Of course, being pretty helps.) How about featuring a 22-year-old novelist who got published without Mama's help?
Kevin Dawson, Sunland, Calif.
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I just read your piece on Arthur Warren Arthur "J.R." Warren (1974 - July 3, 2000) was a 26-year-old African American gay man, who resided in Grant Town, West Virginia. On July 3, 2000 he was murdered by two teenage white males, in what is believed to have been a hate crime. The Background
Known as "J.R. ["To Live and Die in Grant Town," August 29], and I must say I am disappointed. Warren was obviously a peaceful person who was reaching out to the gay population in Fairmont, W. Va. Do these people not consider this man a friend? More important, are they so immature that they do not understand we are one community and one large family?
The complaints registered by most of these kids are ridiculous. Perhaps someone should explain to them that they are living a much more privileged life than Warren did. They are getting an education, they are living their lives as they wish (to a certain degree), and, more important, they are still alive. I would be willing to bet that this young man would have been one of the first to stand up for them if the shoe were on the other foot.
Dana Thompson, Boynton Beach Boynton Beach, city (1990 pop. 46,194), Palm Beach co., SE Fla., on the Atlantic coast; inc. 1920. A major suburban area, it is also a beach resort and vegetable-shipping point. , Fla.
In the article you convey that the Human Rights Campaign strolled into town for the sole purpose of promoting the murder as a hate crime while disregarding the wishes of the local community. To the contrary--HRC was ultrasensitive to the needs of the community and actually worked side by side with the student group that managed the local scene. Our group has experienced nothing short of cooperation and partnership with HRC HRC Human Rights Campaign
HRC Human Rights Council (UN)
HRC Human Rights Commission
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HRC Hillary Rodham Clinton (democratic senator/presidential candidate; former first lady) .
If there were misunderstandings or other issues, the article blew them out of proportion. HRC was a welcome organization that provided much-needed support in this tragic situation. They assisted in drawing attention to this horrible crime and urged local authorities to fully investigate it as a possible hate crime. With the aid of HRC it was easier for our coalition and the community to help prevent this from being another hate-motivated death swept neatly under the rug.
Linda Bodie and Chuck Smith Chuck Smith may refer to any of the following:
In the name of God
I could not allow time or my opinion to slip by pertaining to your article "Out of the Frying Pan" [August 29]. I was in a leadership position in the Mormon Church The Mormon Church is a religious body founded in 1830 in Fayette, New York, by Joseph Smith. It is also known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or LDS Church. There are 7.7 million Mormons worldwide. . I served as a counselor to the bishop prior to my leaving the church, and prior to that I was a scoutmaster. I was held in high regard at the local council level as well as church level for exemplifying "excellence in character, morals, and leadership" to the troop members. I was the recipient of special awards and honors in the church--until I came out. The Mormon Church has been, is, and will continue to be the most fervent opponent of gay rights. I am the same person I was when I received those awards and honors, and the Scouts in the troop were indeed given a role model. There is no room in today's society for any organization to ostracize os·tra·cize
tr.v. os·tra·cized, os·tra·ciz·ing, os·tra·ciz·es
1. To exclude from a group. See Synonyms at blackball.
2. To banish by ostracism, as in ancient Greece. in the name of God.
Jim Yatman, via the Internet
Riki Wilchins just doesn't get it [My Perspective, August 29]. Her rant against the "womyn-born womyn Womyn is one of a number of alternate spellings of the word "woman", which insane lesbian feminist nazi-communist bitches use to describe themselves. Commies? LET ME AT THEM Background
The original meaning of the English word "man" (from Proto-Germanic mannaz " test and the desire to preserve women-only spaces is proof of her anger at lesbians' defining their own identity as women. I've been an out lesbian for 35 years, and I haven't heard of gender-variant "femmes" or "butches" derided as "oppressive to women" since 1974. As Germaine Greer stated in The Whole Woman, no one ever asked women if they recognize male-to-female transsexuals as belonging to their sex or damaging to their identity or self-esteem. Born women are all too aware of a disharmony dis·har·mo·ny
1. Lack of harmony; discord.
2. Something not in accord; a conflict: "the disharmonies that assail the most fortunate of mortals" Peter Gay. between who they are and what their gender role requires of them. When a transsexual trans·sex·u·al
A person who strongly identifies with the opposite gender and who chooses to live as a member of the opposite gender or to become one by surgery.
1. Of or relating to such a person.
2. male forces his way into the few private spaces women may enjoy and shouts down their objections and bombards the women who win not accept him with threats, he does as rapists have always done.
I very much support both Norah Vincent and Jim Fouratt. We are all queers, and it is gender variance, not transgenderedness, that incites the violence aimed at us. Encouraging gender-variant males and females to chemically and surgically alter their bodies to conform to a "straight outward appearance" is not the solution; it is just another form of oppression.
Michela Griffo, New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of , N. Y.
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When I read the quote by Louisiana supreme court The laws of Louisiana and the Supreme Court of Louisiana both have a rich history based in the colonial governments of France and Spain during the early eighteenth century. The current Supreme Court traces its roots back to these beginnings. justice Chet Traylor on the upholding of the state's sodomy law [Rants & Raves, August 29], a bell went off in my head. He said, "Commission of what the Legislature determines is an immoral act, even if consensual and private, is an injury against society itself." A week earlier I had visited the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is a national institution situated in a prominent location adjacent to The National Mall in Washington, D.C. (in between 14th and 15th streets SW); however, it is not a constituent institution of the Smithsonian Institution. in Washington, D.C. I picked up a booklet there titled "Homosexuals, Victims of the Nazis." In it was a quote by Heinrich Himmler defending Paragraph 175, the law that authorized the prosecution of homosexuals in Nazi Germany. He wrote, "There are those homosexuals who take the view: What I do is my business, a purely private matter. However, all things which take place in the sexual sphere are not the private affair of the individual, but signify the life and death of the Nation." Traylor--and others who think like him--is "an injury against society."
William Broumas, Hamden, Conn.
Meet me in St. Louis
In reference to Beggars and Choosers Beggars and Choosers may refer to:
Stephen Newman, St. Louis, Mo.
Regarding the angle in Lawrence Ferber's article about Lilly Wust's Nazi involvement (read complacency) ["LilIy's Love," August 29]: It was another time, another place. I'm sure she, like many others, doesn't wish to discuss it. How many (Caucasian) Americans ask their parents and grandparents grandparents npl → abuelos mpl
grandparents grand npl → grands-parents mpl
grandparents grand npl about their involvement or complacency regarding racism? We all have crosses to bear and skeletons to hide, and we're all capable of growth and enlightenment.
Jack Tenrac, via the Internet
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