AFTER HE’S GONE…
Please, oh please, don’t let Katha Pollitt take the job on the Supreme Court [“If Not Miers, Who?” Oct. 31]. We desperately need her to be co-President with Molly Ivins after Bush is gone.
MIERS FIRES (SELF), RETIRES
Re: “One Possible Scenario” [Nov. 7]:
Hats off to Trillin! He inspires
By rhyming ten full times with Miers
(Renowned church-lady who aspires
To chant for George in black-robed choirs).
But now, ensnared in rhyming gyres
That sing like birds and prick like briars,
She’ll need a pair of rusty pliers
(Or else a pair of trusty liars).
It’s Trillin’s wit the left admires–
By God, I hope he never tires!
USE THE A-WORD
I found Dave Zirin’s “Pat Tillman, Our Hero” [Oct. 24] quite inspiring. But I must question why Zirin seemed to shy away from using a word that Tillman’s brother used to describe this hero. That would be “atheist.” As his brother Rich said at Pat’s memorial service: “Pat isn’t with God. He’s f—ing dead. He wasn’t religious. So thank you for your thoughts, but he’s f—ing dead.”
GARY P. KERN
TO BE OR NOT TO BE A WORKING MOM?
Long Beach, NY
Thanks to Katha Pollitt for debunking the flawed argument Louise Story made in her New York Times article about career versus motherhood plans for Yale students [“Subject to Debate,” Oct. 17]. But really, who cares what Yale women, or Princeton or Harvard women, are planning after graduation? Given the small percentage of the working population they constitute, theirs is a sample from which we can’t generalize to the larger population. How about a study of women at state universities? Or community colleges? In other words, how about a study that tells us something useful?
MARY ANNE TRASCIATTI
Mount Airy, NC
“Desperate Housewives of the Ivy League?” by the ever-brilliant Katha Pollitt blew me away. I was similarly outraged that “journalism” of this brand still makes the front page of the Times in 2005. Pollitt gives me hope that if enough of us skillfully refute such restrictive notions of women’s roles, progress will be made.