Monster Lit Crit
Published: April 13, 2011
Anna Ditkoff writes that Jane Eyre is immune to a Monster send-up (“Jane Eyre,” Film and Video, April 6)—WRONG. The “send up” is Jane Slayre. Enjoying your column, in spite of this small error.
Miriam W. Kelly
The Constitution, Damn it!
Thanks, congratulations. In fact, the other way around: Congratulations, thanks. No one else believing themselves to be “journalists” would do it—an article about me and an attack on me by a group of religiouses [sic] calling themselves “Jews” (“Watching the Watchers,” Mobtown Beat, March 30). They ain’t Jews; I’m Jews. What they are, I haven’t really figured out. But clearly, they are a voting bloc that has many people buffaloed and many quaking in their boots.
Including The Sun, to whom material on this attack was early presented, and The Forward before that, which I can hardly believe. The Forward is ordinarily a very brave paper, but not here. And The Washington Post regular, and its Maryland desk, The New York Times (OK, a little distant)—but you saw the importance of this story, and they should have too. After all, they’ve taken to filling their pages half up now with “news features”! I have to hope Al Jazeera English isn’t into picking this up too, but my United States of America Constitution—my beloved Constitution—takes precedence over that worry. I don’t believe much in confidentiality anyway. Certainly not in this outrageous instance, for it is my belief that this outfit—Congregation Shomrei Emunah, and these self-selected “watchmen” from that other outfit who strive to keep the neighborhood “pure” (of what, I do not know, but I suspect)—are a severe and heavy threat to Jews, Jewish culture, and the Jewish religion. Add to that Yiddish culture, as well, which I also love, but that is for another day.
My forebears came here from far away, starting around 1902. My father, by 1922, had become a lawyer. My mom, also in 1922, became one of the earliest female lawyers in the state. My mother was also, from the start, a big assimilationist. Which I think, also, is the right way to go. My grandmother spoke no English, so my mother was given the task of enrolling all of the younger kids in school. She gave them all, however, what she saw as “Christian” names. Yankel became “Louis.” Label became “Leonard.” Khashki became “Katherine,” and Rivka became “Rhona” (and they were all happy with that, and thrived).
So it grieves me much, I must say, to see these “Jews” enter the picture. Not that I have any right to complain, just as they have no right to complain, under the all-important, all-encompassing, all-including United States of America Constitution—to complain about me! Especially when it comes to my free speech right to take any damn picture I wish, upon the public way! If they don’t like it, they don’t have to use it—the public way, that is! But don’t try—damn it!—to tell me—damn it!—that I have to toe some line of their morality—upon the public way! Hell! No! Not! Never!
Certainly not in my neighborhood!
Hell, dudes, take some time off from weaving tzitzis and oppressing women, and read it. It’s available in any public library.
It’s called the United States Constitution!
Leonard J. Kerpelman
Boehner My Existence
I have just finished reading “Holding Pattern” (Political Animal, March 23). The article was educational and packed with truthful political gems of America’s sad state of her economy.
Mark Twain once said, “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” For the past several weeks I have been pausing and reflecting about a possible shutdown of our government by members of congress who see all Americans (my opinion) as “U.S. of Asses.”
I guess the members of your Congress never read Gerard Piel’s book The Acceleration of History. There is a line that I like: “The well-being of each man increases with the increase in the well-being of all.”
As an Afrocentric Feminist, I am for a liberal democracy, and the government helping people out when state governments cannot.
In Brian Morton’s column he wrote: “On top of that, the bombthrowers that make up the radicalized Tea-Partarian wing of the Republican party are getting antsier and antsier, and Speaker John Boehner, who has sucked up to them as much as he can, has only a little more left on his end of the rope before they drag him off the cliff.”
Personally I don’t like John Boehner or the racist Tea Party white folks. I do believe the Tea Party people might win Boehner on their side and make him “Grand Dragon of the Republican Party”—redneck Calvinism.
Now racism—economic racism—is a time-warp idea to keep poor people poor in America. Where are my Black Power brothers and sisters?
Larnell Custis Butler
Hoping Rolley Remains a Private Citizen
Thanks much for Edward Ericson Jr.’s profile of mayoral candidate Otis Rolley (“According to Plan,” Feature, March 16). If Rolley advocates the effective privatization of the city’s resources (even the reservoirs, maybe), then Baltimore can do without him. Such various privatization schemes, giveaways to corporate capital in the guise of generating public revenues, have been a key component in the overall “race to the bottom” for U.S. cities over the last several decades, as well as a tool for beating down public-sector workers.
I don’t know which way is forward for Baltimore, but it can’t be with this guy.