Kabul Scribe Writes One for the Record

To the Editor:

John Heilpern’s excellent column correctly reports and analyzes the mishandling of My Name Is Rachel Corrie by New York Theater Workshop, which has resulted in the cancellation of its N.Y. premiere, apparently out of fear of political objections to its content [“A Scandal for Our Time: Rachel Corrie Ignites Uproar,” At the Theater, March 13]. I have a long history with the Workshop and great admiration for its artistic director, Jim Nicola, but I am disappointed and disheartened by this decision and have been baffled by the subsequent attempts to justify it.

I am writing to correct an impression conveyed in Mr. Heilpern’s column that my play about Afghanistan, Homebody/Kabul, was twice postponed after Sept. 11, 2001, because of the sensitive nature of the play’s subject. This was absolutely not the case. Homebody/Kabul had been fully cast and was in pre-production before the 9/11 attacks. The play went into rehearsal exactly as planned in early October, opening in early December 2001.

Because I think theater can usefully address itself to politically sensitive subjects, even if I’d been asked, I would not have agreed to a postponement. To his credit, Jim Nicola never asked.

Tony Kushner


Between the Tower And a Hard Place

To the Editor:

Ron Rosenbaum’s opinion to scrap the Freedom Tower is a terrible idea [“Eleventh-Hour Plea: Scrub Freedom Tower, a 1,776-Foot Blight,” Edgy Enthusiast, March 13]. After the unending process of getting something to replace the Twin Towers, Mr. Rosenbaum’s idea is to not rebuild. Shame on him. Thankfully, New York has more inspired and ambitious people than Mr. Rosenbaum.

Al DeChristifaro


To the Editor:

The idea of building anything on the W.T.C. site is abhorrent. I do agree with Mr. Rosenbaum that the site should be left open.

Maybe the U.S.S. Arizona should be raised and turned into a theme park. Souvenirs for all.

I’ve said it before: Turn all of the 16 acres into a national memorial.

Steven Rotter


To the Editor:

Thanks to Mr. Rosenbaum for being the voice of sanity regarding the so-called Freedom Tower. Reasonable arguments don’t seem to be very popular these days, but I can only hope his will be heard.

John DeAngelis


Why They Built The Clinton Library

To the Editor:

It is not surprising that there are so many books being written about Hillary [“Da Hillary Code,” Ben Smith, March 13]. After all, she is the first First Lady to seek public office. She is the first woman whose candidacy is seriously being considered for President. She is an historical figure. Ever since Bill Clinton ran for President with the slogan “two for the price of one,” Hillary has been a force to be reckoned with. Current books being written about her will be used as fodder for future generations of historians.

Reba Shimansky


Whose Justice?

To the Editor:

In her article on Nancy Grace [“Did Nancy Grace, TV Crimebuster, Muddy Her Myth?”, NYTV, March 6], Rebecca Dana sums up the conviction of Keith Griffin’s killer in this way: “The justice system, in other words, apparently worked the way it was supposed to.”

Here, Ms. Dana embraces Ms. Grace’s hatred for the Bill of Rights and complete lack of compassion and empathy. Disgustingly, the prosecution in this case sought the death penalty for a retarded boy with no prior convictions. Shockingly, a jury took mere hours to sentence that boy to life in prison. As is all too common in a society that denies the accused even a facsimile of competent counsel either at trial or on appeal, Tommy McCoy “never had an appeal.”

That is not the way a moral justice system, under a healthy Constitution, is supposed to work.

Josh Perry


How to Stay Moist

To the Editor:

Re Simon Doonan’s “How Dry I Am! Winter Means Lube, Tube” [Simon Says, March 6]: I’m writing from Chicago, where—despite being smack up against Lake Michigan—it is significantly drier in the winter than N.Y.C. Here are some things that have helped me:

1. Do not scratch! It just makes it worse.

2. Get a humidifier for your bedroom.

3. Get a humidifier for any other room you spend significant time in (your office, etc.).

4. Moisturizing oil. You put it on in the shower while you are still wet.

5. Do not take steaming hot showers—and PAT dry, do not rub.

Hope this helps. I love Mr. Doonan’s column.

Eileen Katman


Christmas in March

To the Editor:

I’ve read Rex Reed for years and have been alternately amused and annoyed, but my hat’s off to his review of Joyeux Noël (Merry Christmas) [“Hold Your Fire,” On the Town, March 6]. It was a very touching description of a movie about a truly extraordinary event, one that’s particularly poignant now.

Mr. Reed can still bring it.

Bob Meinsma

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