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I just had to write to congratulate you on your excellent summer double issue (June 28-July 5). which I consider to be your best yet. It was actually refreshing-the perfect restorative for an oppressively hot summer day. The issue reminded your readers that the world around them is full of hidden treasures that are just waiting to be discovered.
Claude Mercure
Hearst, Ont.

The special summer issue was an excellent idea. However, as I flipped through the Books section, I wondered why Nkiru Books in Brooklyn, Black Books Plus in Manhattan, Hue-Man Experience Books in Denver, and Aquarian Books in Los Angeles were not mentioned among your favorites, as they are just a few of several hundred African-American bookstores. They carry an inventory that could not possibly be touched upon in any of the ''mainstream'' bookstores that you profiled. And they, too, are favorites of well-known authors.
Ivy V. Pittman
Montclair, N.J.

Loved your summer issue! But I couldn't believe the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado wasn't mentioned under favorite performance places. An outdoor concert right next to the Rockies, in a theater carved out of huge red rocks — a ''natural'' concert setting.
Donna Davis
Editor, Oz Rock magazine
Chicago

While engrossed in the June 28 issue, I came upon Al Anderson on Toad's Place in New Haven, Conn. Thank you for introducing me to a great spot for some great music.
Susan Hutcherson
Hartford

I could not help noticing in your section on summer reads the absence of any novels by John D. MacDonald. The Danielle Steel types write pathetic cartoons of the kind of great pulp fiction of which MacDonald was a master. Of his many novels, one at least seems to qualify as a perfect summer read: The Last One Left, a wonderfully complicated murder mystery with fully developed characters and a truly frightening killer.
Charles Andrews
Kent, Ohio

Never have I been more disappointed in any magazine. Were your writers so brain-dead that they all took their vacations at the same time?
Margaret E. Viverito
Kissimmee, Fla.

No News & Notes. No box office top 10 chart. No letters. No music charts saying who's selling the most albums. Nothing! What a bomb. And now you expect me to wait two more weeks to find out how the summer flicks are doing? I'm afraid I won't be renewing, folks. I can get the same information somewhere else. Today.
Chad Ridgely
Washington, D.C

I was very disappointed in your summer double issue. I am not interested in what Ozzy Osbourne is doing this summer, nor do I plan to drive to Chicago to see a movie. You publish 50 quality (A+) issues each year; why spoil your success with a substandard (D) double issue on ''Hot Spots,'' according to your celebrity guest writers?
Jim Overholtzer
East Norriton, Pa.

Originally posted Aug 02, 1991 Published in issue #77 Aug 02, 1991 Order article reprints