This is my first time ever writing to a magazine about an article I have read. I am writing to you about The Great Awakening of the Mommy Patriots by Christina Bellantoni. I knew I would not agree with the article, but I like to read other points of view, wouldn't want to be closed-minded.
But I could not even finish the article after I read "I'm speeding through Old Town Alexandria, Virgina, trying to keep my eyes on the road as I frantically text O'Donnell's spokesman to find out what time she plans to sit down with me." I could not care less what Christina Bellantoni has to say after that! Supposedly supporting Mommy Patriots! How about supporting the safety of mankind! Doesn't she know that texting while driving is worse than driving drunk, and to write about it is just plain STUPID. And to keep it in the article MORE shame on you. Now to go fill out the May survey and see if you really are listening to your readers.
After looking at your book recommendations for the April and May issues, I see they closely mimic those of O! Magazine. Is this intentional? If not, perhaps taking another approach (e.g rotating between non-fiction, minority female, or science fiction/fantasy writers) would keep your magazine from having the obvious overlap.
Ysa Adams, Los Angeles, CA
I'm in my late 40s and have been a subscriber to More for the last few years. I'm also a writer and editor, and devote my professional time to grant writing for an urban academic safety-net hospital. My husband and I (both in our second marriage) have 7 kids between us, ranging from 14 to 20. Next year we'll have 4 in college!
I very much appreciate More's intelligent content and writing. From books to health to profiles, the magazine touches on a lot of topics I'm interested in. However, I was pretty turned-off by the tone of your letter in the March issue and occasionally comes through in other letters -- a tone of privilege that's hard to relate to for people like me who are working hard, devoted to our families and serving others, though with paychecks that don't reflect the extent of our commitment. Too often your letters talk about travel, home renovations, private school, and lifestyles that reflect significant incomes and expenses. While this is undoubtedly a reality for some of your readers, I, for one, am more interested in educated content that's more down-to-earth and accessible to more readers.
As I get older, I find it's not the luxuries that count or should be touted -- but how we take care of ourselves, make sense of our world, and give back the gifts we're fortunate to have.
Thanks for considering this. I'd welcome your response.
Katharine Canfield, Belmont, MA