Sex & the Witty
Santa Cruz, Calif.
Hurrah for “Carnal Knowledge“! [Aug. 4/11] The first installment is engaging, provocative and altogether promising (though the jab at Lady McCain was ill considered). Can’t wait for the next. The possibilities of the subject are limitless, and JoAnn Wypijewski, a national treasure, is just the woman for the job.
If JoAnn Wypijewski’s first submission, “The Shadow of His Smile,” to your new “Carnal Knowledge” column is indicative of what will continue to be offered, shut it down now. That was the most pointless, contrived drivel I’ve ever read in your pages.
La Jolla, Calif.
I applaud the addition of “Carnal Knowledge.” JoAnn Wypijewski has such a nice way with words. I don’t always agree with what she says, but I do like to hear her say it.
Sex comes along and kneecaps politicians from time to time. Otherwise it has no place in politics, or The Nation. I read the piece carefully but detected no substance or relevance, only a little drool.
To say thank you to JoAnn Wypijewski and The Nation does not begin to express my delight upon reading her first “Carnal Knowledge” column. In our state of turmoil and anxiety about everything that has been happening in our country under Bush, Wypijewski is making more sense than most political commentators. Her focus and perception of the sex factor, which no one dares talk about, is brilliant. I cannot wait to read her next column!
ESTELLE T. MARGOLIS
MoveOn–It Moves Me
I read with much interest Christopher Hayes’s “MoveOn at Ten” [Aug. 4/11]. I must admit I am one of the many “one click activists” using MoveOn’s easy access to petitions. I also contribute money regularly when they propose to air an ad on one of my hot-button issues. I have not taken part in any other MoveOn activities and am probably typical. I can see Hayes’s point about the diminishing effect of the petitions, given the small effort it takes to “sign” one. But I still feel that MoveOn provides a much-needed outlet for my frustration with the course government has taken since the Reagan era. I found MoveOn shortly after the 2004 election, when so many of us woke up stunned and thought, “They re-elected Bush?” I can only hope its mission will become less necessary in the future.