Suggestions: Majestic ‘Tapestry,’ a ‘Cinderella’ price revisiting

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An album for the ages

Mikael Wooden’s story in regards to the making of “Tapestry” [“Woven in Time,” Feb. 7] was fascinating to somebody who as a school freshman listened to the album dozens if not a whole bunch of instances.

“Tapestry” helped get me by a homesick and lonely first yr of school. I cherished the lyrics, the music, all of it. I sang together with Carole [King] and felt each emotion she was expressing.

Thanks for telling the story of this very highly effective album and the proficient artist who created it — together with the opposite musicians and professionals who made it occur.

The Calendar part is a jewel within the crown of the Los Angeles Occasions.

Linda Randolph
Los Angeles

Revisiting a traditional

I cherished Ashley Lee’s commentary on “Cinderella” [“‘Cinderella’ Spins a Magical Legacy,” Feb. 17].

I grew up watching the Lesley Ann Warren model from the Nineteen Sixties. In 1997, my daughter was 5 and we watched the Brandy model. We cherished it.

The critics, on the time, clearly have been shortsighted and maybe soulless. It’s a higher manufacturing than the Nineteen Sixties model.

Lee’s article will ship me to Disney+ to look at it once more. Thanks on your insightful evaluation.

Terry Sauer

Controversy sells

In her second column about writer-director Sam Levinson’s “Malcolm & Marie” (“This Debate Is Not What He Foresaw,” Feb. 12), Mary McNamara means that the heated controversy the film has sparked “is probably not a very good signal for the movie.”

She additionally appears stunned (or maybe it’s admiration?) that Levinson is keen to interact in media discussions. She has bought to be kidding. You’ll be able to’t purchase publicity like this.

In latest weeks, The Occasions has devoted almost two full pages of textual content and photographs to Levinson’s low-budget, two-character drama of marital battle, together with Justin Chang’s snarky, self-serving evaluation.

Would “Malcolm & Marie” have reaped all this consideration if considered one of its characters, a Black filmmaker, had not taken a potshot at a Calendar reviewer who was vital of Levinson’s earlier movie? May one fairly suspect that he caught in that barb hoping to set off this promotional windfall?

Simply to provide you with a warning, my first printed novel excoriates The Occasions. An Edgar Award winner, “Easy Justice” was not too long ago republished in a revised, Twenty fifth-anniversary version, with a foreword by Christopher Rice. The passage in query is brutal, in all probability unfair and definitely deserving of all of the resentment, fury and column inches you possibly can spare. Have at it! (Like Levinson, I additionally do interviews.)

John Morgan Wilson
West Hollywood

An imported sequence with subtitles

Relating to Robert Lloyd’s evaluation of “Name My Agent” [“Americans Can’t Pass Up French Treat,” Feb. 11]: My husband and I chanced on this gem and binge watched all 4 seasons with glee. He’s fluent in French whereas I fortunately made do with the subtitles.

After, we have been hungry for extra and located different imported sequence to look at, however have been dismayed to see that almost all have been dubbed with atrocious cartoon voices that we couldn’t bear. An instance is “Lupin,” on Netflix, which suffers from very idiotic dubbing.

Why is it that whomever releases these imports thinks People can’t take care of subtitles?

Dubbing simply ruins the scrumptious vibe and soul of foreign-made cinema and TV reveals that would attain a brand new viewers right here within the USA.

Cynthia Lerner
Los Angeles

Criticism or cynicism

Is anybody else bored with the cynicism as expressed in Mikael Wooden’s evaluation [“A Runaway American Dream,” Feb. 10]? I’m.

There’s a hubris to find fault for the sake of discovering fault. Hope and on the lookout for the nice is just not a “infantile political proposition.”

Heather Brodhead
Santa Barbara

Fears of rebellion aren’t new

How thrilling to learn Charles McNulty’s latest takes on “Hamlet” [“An Ingenious Retooling of ‘Hamlet,’” Feb. 12, and “D.C. Riot? A Rotten State for U.S.,” Feb. 9] following the Jan. 6 rebellion.

It makes excellent sense that the worry of rebellion permeates Shakespeare’s tragedy. Queen Elizabeth had been excommunicated, the Pope was encouraging monks to assassinate her after which her good-looking younger favourite, Lord Essex, makes an attempt an rebellion and loses his head.

Maybe as a result of Jan. 6 continues to be so contemporary in our reminiscences, McNulty actually brings this worry of rebellion to life in “Hamlet”; as a buddy to Essex’s confederate, Southampton, Shakespeare would have been very current to the worry of rebellion.

Pamela Kelly
Lengthy Seaside

Simply the info

I used to be stunned that The Occasions ran Alexander Nazaryan’s evaluation of “Unmasked,” by Andy Ngo [“The Dishonest Case for Antifa as the Real Enemy,” Feb. 8].

It didn’t make any distinction to me as to which political place was writing it; after I learn your tales, I count on to see info to again up the positions of the writers.

On this evaluation, within the first few paragraphs there have been phrases like “supremely dishonest” and “pro-Trump insurrectionists” and “false flags” and “extra possible” and “historical past of embedding.” Nazaryan seemingly was making an attempt to crucify the writer quite than giving a strong evaluation of the guide.

I would love The Occasions to supply us with reality and info, however a lot of this evaluation was by no means backed up with info.

Col. William FH Zersen, USAF (Ret.)
Laguna Woods

Fab 4 … get it?

I used to be stunned that Beatles Day wasn’t talked about within the Calendar part. You recognize, Feb. 4? Beatles Day!

Joe Kevany
Mount Washington

Critiquing the critics

Relating to Mary McNamara’s column [“What ‘Should’ the Role of Critics Be?” Feb. 3]: I had a cable present on public tv 20-some years in the past titled “Reviewing the Reviewer.” Now that was enjoyable.

Sweet Carstensen
Los Angeles


I’m frequently awed by the ability of the phrase when within the arms of Mary McNamara. She’s considerate, illuminating and spot-on in her Calendar columns.

I look ahead to just about the whole lot she writes as I do know it would give me a well-constructed perspective to both one thing I used to be considerably conversant in or a completely new perception into areas I’ve by no means explored.

Thanks for offering the reader with such top-quality writing.

Susan M. Cuttriss

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