ARCHANGELS & MARTIANS…
Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Patricia J. Williams’s delightful piece about visitors from another world [“A Short History of the Pads of Brillo,” May 1] should include apologies to Mark Twain and his “Letters From the Earth.” The archangels have visited us before and have found humans equally perplexing.
New York City
I wasn’t channeling Mark Twain but Douglas Adams’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Didn’t the reference to Beeblebrox make that apparent? But Twain or Adams, Martians or me, the noblest authorial stance in these times is outer space, no question.
PATRICIA J. WILLIAMS
I am enjoying The Nation very much. After going through the introductory issues, I decided to subscribe. Depositing my check in the envelope I noticed something I had not seen in years. In the corner where the stamp goes it said “No postage necessary if mailed in the United States.” I cannot describe the feeling of nostalgia and satisfaction coming from that tiny phrase. I felt that I really was still living in the good old USA, and that things will turn around for the little guy if only we as one people shrug off our apathy and participate, starting with this year’s Congressional elections. It’s amazing what one little phrase can do. Thanks for one tiny comfort.
A. PAUL HOGAN
I meant to change that to “No postage necessary if mailed in a blue state (or France).” –ART STUPAR, vice president, circulation
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO COKE
In “The Case Against Coca-Cola” [May 1] Michael Blanding expends some 3,000 words recounting tired, unsubstantiated allegations against The Coca-Cola Company. In all those words, there are about 150 of response from Coca-Cola, a disappointing but not surprising lack of balance that would make even Fox News blush. While The Nation is more about point of view than point of fact, it is still worth noting:
§ Of the approximately 440,000 workers in the Coca-Cola system (including workers at majority-owned entities and independent Coca-Cola bottlers) about 144,000 are represented by unions.