Letters from our readers
Hitting a Homer
Who knew a segment of The Tracey Ullman Show would become one of the longest-running cartoons in history (''Homer's Odyssey'')? The Simpsons are American icons and will live with us forever.
Paul Dale Roberts
Elk Grove, Calif.
You outdid yourselves this issue. I was salivating when I saw the
hottest celebrity on your cover yet: Homer Simpson. I can't wait to see upcoming covers hopefully I'll find an enticing picture of Professor Farnsworth from Futurama or Peter Griffin from Family Guy.
The Sound of Success
To me, Elliott Yamin epitomized what American Idol should be all about: a pharmacy clerk who knew he wanted to sing for a living but had no idea how to achieve that. I'm so glad you featured him as one of Idol's success stories in ''American Dreams.''
While I did not expect that the best show on TV (The Wire) would be recognized come Emmy time (The Final Cut), I was astounded by the nominees for best drama. Boston Legal?!
Snuffing Out Torture Porn
Lisa Schwarzbaum's ''What I Hate'' (Movies) compelled me to write. It was such a relief to see a mainstream critic voice what that stuff is: ''vile crap.'' I'm with you voting with my withheld wallet.
San Jose, Calif.
I wanted to thank Lisa Schwarzbaum for her column on the ''torture-porn horror'' genre. It's nice to know I'm not alone in thinking that a society where torture serves as entertainment is pretty sick.
Newton Center, Mass.
OBSESSIVE FAN OF THE WEEK!
This Transformers buff is more than meets the eye. San Diego's Phoenix Lindgren began buying the action figures in 1984 with her late husband and has collected 277. ''They're the coolest engineering feat!'' she gushes. Now Lindgren's looking to put part of the collection to good use: She's listed it on eBay to help fund a vet school degree, and hopes it lands in optimum hands. ''Maybe Mr. Spielberg will buy it and donate it to the Smithsonian.''