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To the editors:

Bill Wyman's review of Madonna's Truth or Dare movie [June 21] was shit. Thinking that most intelligent readers can recognize offal when it manifests itself, I did not respond by letter to it--feeling comfortable that some other correspondent would answer it. No one did. Surprisingly, a few people wrote in to share their enthusiastic accord. This is why I feel I need to write you (finally) about this review.

Good writing is built around a formal argument. An opinion is stated, and then supported with insightful analysis and empirical evidence. Wyman's review, on the other hand, is unsubstantiated vitriol. Wyman simply puts forth invective after invective, indenting some to make us think that we are reading an essay rather than a singular, slanderous diatribe. Worse, not one of his insults is clever. I am saddened that Susan Frissel [August 16] considers this garbage "top-notch" writing; I am more saddened that a PhD would include Madison Avenue adjectives in her vocabulary.

Madonna has been and is an unfaltering supporter of the fight against AIDS. Yet one is hard-pressed to find mention of this in the popular media. Odd that someone who is merely a fantastic self-promoter wouldn't boast about her charity work or make it a central theme in a movie about herself. Obviously, we need more "bimbos" like Madonna, and less shitheads like Wyman and Frissel, and the world will be a much better place.

[Name Withheld by Request]

N. Mildred

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