The underrated Gary Cole
Apparently Gary Cole is so underrated that Chris Barton [Overrated/Underrated, May 3] overlooked Cole's recurring role as Kurt McVeigh in
Gerry Swider, Sherman Oaks
A new word for 'government'
Regarding David L. Ulin's review of David K. Shipler's "Freedom of Speech: Mightier Than the Sword" ["The Roar of Free Speech," May 3]: I wish we could come up with a term for "government" that wasn't so academic and abstract. I wish the term would immediately identify who's controlling it. Thus "big government," if controlled by the people, wouldn't be bad because it would give the people power to control big money. The reality today, "government" is this big glob of evil engulfing us when, in fact, it's an abstraction, a chimera that still absorbs the anger of the people, shunting it away from the real source and cause of our foundering.
Ulin, always worth reading, still doesn't persuade me that Shipler says much that's new.
Good memories, great memories
The article on Judd Hirsch by Susan King ["A Big-Time History Buff," May 3] brought back good memories of his role in the "Taxi" series. His is known for having a memory for dates like a steel trap. Matthew Miller, creator and producer of the drama series "Forever," says of Hirsch in one particular scene, "He had a ton of dialogue. He absolutely nailed it."
I find it ironic that in the old "Taxi" series, Marilu Henner, who was in all 114 episodes with Judd, has what is known as hyperthymesia, which is the ability to recall almost every day of one's life instantly. I don't recall any episodes from "Taxi" where Judd and Marilu reminiscence about their past life events, which is probably a good thing because of the lack of time required to re-live every day of their lives from their birth to the present.
Big impression on art education
Regarding Stanley Meisler's fascinating piece on Dr. Barnes and the French artists ["The Paris-Philly Connection," May 3]: Your readers may not know of Barnes' indirect impact on the art education of Los Angeles.
Dr. Barnes and John Dewey visited the
Delano used Willard's lantern slides in her art classes for the rest of her career. For much more on this see my blog socalarch history.
Playa del Rey
Building reflects its builders
That board probably treated William Pereira as eleemosynary boards at the time treated all of the trained and educated professionals whose services they retained, that is, as the hired help — an ABA-certificated equivalent of the Mexican maid or the Japanese American gardener. Is it at all surprising that Pereira produced such a lackluster building? LACMA screams to be taken seriously: "Look at ME, I'm important; I'm as consequential as the Lords and Ladies Bountiful who called me into existence." Like so much official California architecture, possessing as it does all the visual appeal of a correctional institution, it does not attract. Instead, it repels.
Paul S. Marchand
Ready for his close close-up
Apropos the extreme close-up portrait ["Panning for Gonzo Gold," May 3], I must know: Who does Jack Black's nose hairs?