As a professor of European and Eurasian Studies based in the UCLA School of Theater, Film, Television, and Digital Media, I am writing to thank you for your important article calling attention to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. In an age in which women's magazines are given over to infantile fluff, it is deeply moving to see quality journalism. I have not seen your PBS show, but will look for it.
S.I. (Shelley) Salamensky
I have just finished reading "A Country of Women" (April) and have never felt so proud to be a woman. My personal standards for courage, confronting fear and how I choose to live have all been raised to a higher bar. I am re-subscribing to "More" because of the power and truth of this piece. I thank the author and photographer, Holly Morris and Rena Efendi, for their bravery in visiting the Chernobyl countryside and interviewing these incredible babushkas.
Karen Custer Thurston, Flagstaff, AZ
Do your editors find it amusing in a very twisted way to show the woman smiling as she held the knife while the pig is dead at her feet?? I never, ever thought I would see such a vile disgusting photo in your magazine. Are you trying to attract hunters or trappers? Rest assured that in November when my issue ends I will never renew your magazine. THAT was beyond disgusting and in such poor taste I ripped the offending photo out of the magazine. Shame on your magazine for lowering itself to such a level of obscenity! Ms. Lara Henderson