Suggestions: Woody Allen’s defenders and cancel tradition

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Dr. Seuss isn’t canceled

I believe The Instances ought to publish a model of Mary McNamara’s dissection of Kevin McCarthy‘s (and different conservatives’) white racist privilege [“The Real Deal Around Dr. Seuss,” March 4] on the op-ed web page.

The try to smear President Biden and different progressives by accusing them of “cancel tradition” is simply one other Republican lie that must be referred to as out extra extensively, not simply to Calendar readers.

Henry Hespenheide
Hermosa Seashore

Allen v. Farrow

Dylan Farrow is featured in the HBO documentary "Allen v. Farrow."

Dylan Farrow is featured within the HBO documentary “Allen v. Farrow,” which examines the allegations that Farrow’s adoptive father, Woody Allen, sexually assaulted her when she was 7.

(Courtesy of HBO)

Relating to Lorraine Ali’s assessment of “Allen v. Farrow” [“This Should End Any Doubts,” Feb. 19]: Central to the indictment of Woody Allen is the cost of molestation.

Moses Farrow, the oldest baby (14 on the time) in the home that day in 1992, says unequivocally no.

To learn his detailed weblog, “A Son Speaks Out,” it’s troublesome to return to another conclusion.

Robin Weitz
Los Angeles


Extra ruminations on Woody Allen — this time by HBO and a assessment by Lorraine Ali — don’t change the truth that no person is aware of for certain.

The choose mentioned as a lot on the time of one of many investigations and nothing has modified since.

There are two unbiased narratives, and each could possibly be true.

Within the meantime, society appears extra afraid of Ghislaine Maxwell than Kyle Rittenhouse, and nobody within the media appears to be too involved over the lack of the presumption of innocence.

In the meantime, the #MeToo motion relishes battles with the wealthy and well-known; it leaves the center class and poor unexamined and unchanged.

Stan Brown


Allen was cleared by the Connecticut state legal professional basic, and the accusations have been refuted by an expert forensic psychologist, who concluded Dylan was coached by her mom, Mia Farrow.

Jon Udell
Santa Monica


I’m wanting ahead to watching the upcoming HBO documentary collection “Allen vs Farrow” and appreciated Ali’s article on the topic.

There are two movies that Allen wrote and directed that I consider to be very illuminating of his psyche because it pertains to intercourse and morality, good and evil. “Crimes and Misdemeanors” (1989) and “Match Level” (2005) are every the story of a married man who engages in a bootleg affair with a girl who ultimately threatens to show the connection, thereby inflicting immeasurable injury to the person’s life.

Every man has an amazing deal to lose if his extramarital affair is uncovered, and each resort to killing their respective mistresses.

When it appears doable, even possible, that their crimes will probably be found, every man finally will get away utterly freed from culpability and punishment, and each returns to his idyllic life.

Marcia Goodman
Lengthy Seashore


Do you flip off the radio each time “Thriller” or “Billie Jean” comes on? Do you rise up and depart the room when “Chinatown” or “The Pianist” is on the tv?

To paraphrase Joe Strummer, “If Michael Jackson got here again at present, they’d ship a limousine anyway.”

And The Instances would spring for its value to get the interview.

Martin Zaehringer

Skip this shot?

Relating to the net article “Kendall Jenner Has a New Tequila Model, and Twitter Desires to Know Why” [Feb. 19]: I agree wholeheartedly that her new tequila model, 818, is a transparent instance of cultural appropriation.

Jenner is repeatedly misguided, from staring in Pepsi’s 2017 business “Dwell for Now Moments Anthem” that showcased a simplistic view of the Black Lives Matter motion, to her new enterprise enterprise into tequila, that exemplifies appropriating Mexican and Latinx tradition.

Apparent grammatical errors, like “blanco tequila,” improper style testing and lack of acknowledgment to the folks truly creating the product is damaging to the voices of these marginalized being heard.

Jenner is profiting off of Mexico’s deep-rooted customs involving agave tequilana with out displaying true understanding, expertise or custom.

I implore all readers to boycott this product, in addition to different celebrity-owned tequila manufacturers, and conduct real analysis into what manufacturers they’re supporting. It is vital that we ask ourselves what we’re buying and why we’re buying one thing when it’s related to a distinct tradition.

Danielle Zembo
West Hollywood

The facility of print

Dua Lipa is photographed in downtown Los Angeles on Monday, March 1, 2021.  Styled by Lorenzo Posocco.

Dua Lipa, photographed for Sunday Calendar in downtown Los Angeles on March 1. Styled by Lorenzo Posocco, hair by Chris Appleton, make up by Samantha Lau, nails by Yuka.

(Christina Home/Los Angeles Instances)

Bravo! What an impressive tour de drive instance of print journalism. [Sunday Calendar, “Grammys’ Dancing Queen: Dua Lipa,” March 7.]

A canopy worthy of Vogue. Placing images delineated by strong artwork route. In addition to these fantastic commercials. Cash-paying advertisements. In-depth articles. Actually a bit to be glad with.

Tim Jagoe
La Crescenta

The case of the lacking puppeteers

Pee-wee and puppets from Pee-wee's Playhouse: The Complete Series Blu-ray box set.

Paul Reubens, aka Pee-wee Herman, and puppets from “Pee-wee’s Playhouse.”

(Shout! Manufacturing unit / Herman World, Inc.)

Robert Lloyd’s historic record of puppets on TV [“TV’s Top Puppets Not All Muppets,” Feb. 21] particulars the reveals, actors, puppets and puppet makers from our most well-known packages — typically naming creators virtually misplaced to historical past.

However he fails to credit score the good Wayne White, who created, constructed and operated the “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” puppets and plenty of others for TV and music movies and parades and who continues to be alive and lives right here in Los Angeles.

David Kidd


I grew up and lived in Los Angeles from the ’50s by means of the ’90s. A puppet spotlight for me was “Shrimpenstein.” Alas, there’s little recognition of the “strolling jelly bean.” There are just a few of us on the Shrimpenstein Fb web page.

Thanks for the puppet column.

Fredric Stern
Alexandria, Va.


I loved Lloyd’s rundown of native and nationwide puppets and puppeteers from my childhood, however no puppet and ventriloquist record from the ’50s and ’60s is full with out an ode to Paul Winchell and his creations Jerry Mahoney and Knucklehead Smiff, amongst many others. His present, “Winchell-Mahoney Time” (1965-68), was a selected favourite.

Along with being an achieved ventriloquist and TV host, in his spare time Winchell was the primary particular person to construct and patent an implantable synthetic coronary heart. So there’s that.

Joseph Gall
Agoura Hills

Editor’s be aware: “Winchell-Mahoney Time” was included within the on-line model of the story however was reduce for the print model.

A missed analysis

Hailee Steinfeld as Emily Dickinson in the Apple TV+ series "Dickinson."

Hailee Steinfeld as Emily Dickinson within the Apple TV+ collection “Dickinson.”

(Courtesy of Apple)

Relating to tv critic Lorraine Ali’s “Dickinson” commentary [“Period Drama Finds Its Groove,” March 2]: Emily Dickinson, writer of about 1,750 poems, was most prolific — and most determined — in the course of the 4 years of the American Civil Struggle (1861-65). She appeared to pay little consideration to the warfare itself, being understandably absorbed in her personal private battle with epilepsy.

Her seizures have been most frequent and violent then, when she was in her early 30s. As they ultimately decreased in frequency over time, so did the frequency (and urgency) of her poetry.

“A Nonetheless — Volcano — Life” is a typical misunderstood first line (title) of one in every of her encoded poems written in the course of the Civil Struggle, however reasonably simple to know while you equate “volcano” with the “It,” the unpredictable, monstrous, medically not then understood affliction of epilepsy.

At the moment epilepsy victims have been usually housed in insane asylums and therein segregated even additional, because the sight of grand-mal seizures was too upsetting for the opposite sufferers to witness. They have been forbidden to marry, to propagate or in any other case have regular lives. They have been thought (in then-Puritan Massachusetts) to have been invaded by Devil.

Essentially the most eminent physician within the nation treating epilepsy at the moment was in Boston, with whom Dickinson consulted for a number of years. He may prescribe solely glycerin, basically sugar water, and finally blamed the affected person herself, admonishing her that the illness was “all in her head” and of her personal devising.

So chortle it up as you will have your enjoyable with this misunderstood, tortured genius. And also you needn’t be too arduous on yourselves. Of the various biographers of Dickinson, I discovered just one (“Lives Like Loaded Weapons” by the British scholar Lyndall Gordon) who understood the Dickinsons’ lifelong dedication to maintain Emily’s wrestle a secret, whereas nonetheless searching for a remedy. It was the singular matter in hers and her household’s lives.

Paul Gronseth

The flight of the privileged

I needed to chortle on the irony of Mary McNamara’s column condemning Ted Cruz over his journey to Cancun [“Cruz Flies Right Into Villain Mode,” Feb. 19] whereas a front-page story was all about Hollywood bigwigs and stars using personal jets in order to not need to take care of the problems that we small people should adhere to when touring.

Whereas Cruz’s journey was an apparent desertion of obligation in a state dealing with catastrophe disaster, each show a blatant quantity of self-entitlement and full disregard for normal working Individuals.

John Zavesky


On this morning’s Calendar part, was it a aware plan to juxtapose the column of Mary McNamara ridiculing Ted Cruz for escaping Texas chilly to Mexico with the principle story of Hollywood escaping Los Angeles and COVID-19 by personal jets to work elsewhere, or simply an unintended irony?

Villainy and practicality cheek by jowl. For these of us who have been unable to go away city to go anyplace final yr and now this yr, we envy (with some bitterness and self pity) these having the ability to take a non-public jet when business airways are principally shut down.

However I suppose the present should go on, despite the fact that theaters are closed to us, too

Henry Hespenheide
Hermosa Seashore


A brand new slogan for Texas recommended by the actions of fleeing Sen. Ted Cruz: “Do much less for Texans when Texas is in a large number.”

Ben Miles
Huntington Seashore

Sexism in artwork

In Jessica Ferri’s assessment of “Fierce Poise,” Alexander Nemerov’s biography of Helen Frankenthaler [“A Bold Composition,” Feb. 21], she refers to her as a “large of Summary Expressionism.” Frankenthaler was nicely linked, formidable and had a privileged pedigree, but she was no large of Summary Expressionism.

There have been giants reminiscent of Rothko, who confirmed the facility of hue and tone; De Kooning, who realized from Gorky to energise the applying of paint and Motherwell, who was married to Frankenthaler, a was grasp of gesture and collage.

Frankenthaler labored within the shadow of giants. She lacked the unique perception to make a novel dialogue that these different painters perfected. She adopted, by no means led. Her tires have been by no means totally inflated.

Scott Berg
Sherman Oaks


Maybe probably the most influential critic of American artwork, Clement Greenberg, by no means formally wrote about Helen Frankenthaler’s work, throughout or after their relationship.

When writing about profitable girls’s relationships with equally profitable males as Jessica Ferri does in her assessment, it’s vital that every one the details are offered, lest we perpetuate dangerous stereotypes of girls “sleeping their technique to the highest,” or in any other case utilizing their sexuality to their skilled benefit.

Frankenthaler’s romantic relationship with Clement Greenberg was not an instance of that and we must be cautious to not write of it as if it have been, as I’m afraid Ferri does in her assessment.

Corridor W. Rockefeller

The author is the founding father of, specializing in the work of feminine artists.

What about nature’s music?

Relating to “The Griffith Park Soundtrack” by Deborah Vankin [Feb. 18]: Ellen Reid’s “Soundwalk” goals to hyperlink a soundtrack with the colour of nature through smartphone expertise. We’re suggested that this provides added mystical expertise to a hike up Griffith Park’s hills.

The Soundwalk app is even envisioned as a psychological well being device, insinuating that we’ve got an emotional want within the type of a complicated Muzak-for-nature. That appears spurious.

Soundwalk drowns out the music of nature itself. Is the pure, aural expertise of a Walden Pond transferable to a cellphone? Ought to we pay no heed to John Cage’s plea to hear carefully to the delicate stillness of nature?

Why settle for Reid’s music in lieu of nature’s genuine melodies?

William Ok. Solberg
Los Angeles

To cite or to not quote

Christi Carras’s on-line article about Gina Carano [“Gina Carano Unites with Ben Shapiro to Talk More About Her ‘Star Wars’ Ouster,” Feb. 19] characterizes Gina’s statements and beliefs with out truly quoting something. That was completely unsuitable for my part.

If Gina’s comparability with the Holocaust and cancel tradition was anti Jewish, then why would Ben Shapiro be choosing up her contract?

I noticed nothing proper wing about what she mentioned and I believe it was prison for Disney to fireplace her.

How lengthy do you assume a democracy may final if you happen to let folks get fired for political views?

Kirk Augustin

Well timed TV opinions, please

Relating to Matt Brennan’s assessment of “The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Track” [“A Song of Faith, a Song of Life,” Feb. 17]: I’m so uninterested in seeing opinions of TV packages and collection after they’ve aired. Typically I’ve been lucky sufficient to have recorded them already, however not at all times.

Don’t your reviewers have entry earlier than these nice PBS packages air?

Suzanne Brugman
La Habra Heights

Large TV night time

Relating to “Stanley Tucci, Foodie” by Yvonne Villarreal [Feb. 21]: If you’d like extra Stanley Tucci you are able to do no higher than his function within the movie “Large Evening.”

Watching it, every little thing will turn out to be clear and pure pleasure.

Doug Stokes

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