Every so often someone ridicules the Book Review's practice of printing letters from authors seeking information on their subject. Just thought you'd like to know that it works.
Several years ago I read a letter from Nigey Lennon and Lionel Rolfe in the Book Review, asking for information on Job Harriman. I had some stuff, contacted them, and we had a pleasant afternoon together.
Their book, "Bread and Hyacinths: The Rise and Fall of Utopian Los Angeles," has just been published. In it they acknowledge my assistance (as much as it was) in providing them with useful material. So the Book Review really does provide a helpful service for authors who want to contact people who might help them out.
ABRAHAM HOFFMAN, RESEDA