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Sounding Off
Now that you’ve given us your picks for ”The 100 Greatest Summer Songs” (#338, Aug. 2), don’t you think you should compile the tunes onto a CD and offer it as a special bonus with an ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY subscription? Sounds like the perfect marketing ploy to me.
Jennifer L. Smith
Traverse City, Mich.

How can you have the 100 Greatest Summer Songs without Chad and Jeremy’s ”A Summer Song”?
John T. Korsmo
Bismarck, N.D.

No Jimmy Buffett? Was the selection crew wasted away in Margaritaville?
Ted Kwiatkowski
Iselin, N.J.

I cowrote ”Summer in the City” at 15, about being trapped in New York when I normally would’ve been at camp. My brother, John, kept my chorus and wrote the verses, and Lovin’ Spoonful bassist Steve Boone added the bridge. Thanks for putting it at the top of your list.
Mark Sebastian
New York City

Sheryl Crow’s ”All I Wanna Do” is one of the 100 Greatest Summer Songs? Why didn’t you just include ”Stuck in the Middle With You” by Stealers Wheel? Crow ”borrowed” the entire melody, including the breaks, from that song.
Thomas R. Zittnan

A Stitch In ‘Time’
Thanks for the only honest review I’ve seen of the overblown film A Time to Kill. As a native Southerner approaching my 50th year, I recognized the sights and sounds of this movie, and they’re distinctly from the 1950s. To imply that the South is still like this in the 1990s is an insult. As long as filmmakers, and the media in general, continue to portray racism as a Southern anomaly, our racial problems will never be solved.
Linda Enterkin
Pensacola, Fla.

No ‘Bones’ About It
Dana Kennedy, you were far too kind! I too have tried to wade through Anne Rice’s rambling, disconnected, mind-numbing works, and I will never understand her success as an author. Thanks to your review, I’ll listen to my instincts and allow Servant of the Bones to rest in peace on someone else’s bookshelf.
M.L. Francis
Rego Park, N.Y.

Jingo All The Way
The gold medal for Olympic commentary goes to Lisa Schwarzbaum for her excellent ”Patriot Games.” She summed up the feelings of so many of us who watched the Games with awe but winced at the jingoism of the news coverage.
Leslie Mizell
Greensboro, N.C.

Corrections: MSNBC’s website did report the 8:48 p.m. crash of TWA Flight 800 at 9 p.m. Eastern time, not at midnight, as we had originally stated (Multimedia). Also, while the Doors released an album track of ”Light My Fire” that was more than 6 1/2 minutes long, the single that topped the charts was about 3 minutes long.

A Letter of Apology
They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and if that is the case then I have paid Mark Harris a genuine compliment by incorporating so much of his excellent interview with Jodie Foster, published in ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY April 2, 1993, into chapter 13 of my book, Jodie Foster: A Life in Film. Sadly and inexplicably, I did not credit Mr. Harris or ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, and for this I am truly sorry. I understand that permission to use Mr. Harris’ work might not necessarily have been granted, but I would like to stress that I would not deliberately ”rip off” another journalist. I apologize unreservedly to Mr. Harris and ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY and to Miss Foster and sincerely hope that my apology will be accepted. I also hope that Miss Foster will understand that she can still trust ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY in the future and that neither the publication nor Mr. Harris was aware of my inappropriate use of their material.

Philippa Kennedy