We Hear You! Letters from Our September 2012 Issue

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by MORE • Editors
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When I read “vent” and “positive OR negative,” I was carried away. I overreacted and some of what I said is untrue. For instance, I DO continue to recommend MORE to friends. I was reacting because usually, I love every page of MORE and was just a little disappointed in this issue (for the first time). I apologize and here’s the way I really feel:

To begin with, I LOVED your letter and it has given me REAL food for thought and I have already made a few phone calls to reach out. Thank you for that wake up call.

I always love “Notebook” and sometimes tweet your excellent factoids (and give MORE credit). The Elizabeth Shue interview was typical smart MORE reporting.

Everything was fine until I got to “Talk Back” (Is Siri sexist?). I expected it to be funny, but it just seemed dumbed-down and ho-hum.

In the survey I submitted online, I complained about Stylebook – only because I disliked the cocoon coat, the peplum top, and the winter floral dress. (It is not MORE’s fault that those clothes are not my style).

I LOVED the Soul Cycle story – so well written and it dealt with the Zuckerman issue honestly.
Then I read Joyce Maynard, which I didn’t feel, was her best writing, and there was no real resolution. (I bet she had the drink). I had to ask myself, if it wasn’t a famous author and that story was submitted on spec, would you have published it? (I decided no, you would not have).
“Into the Woods” for some reason didn’t grab me – I kept skimming expecting to latch on – but I couldn’t find my way in. Again, not your fault. Just my personal preferences.

I loved both the Diane Lane and Patti Hansen profiles. Then I complained about the “Swept Away” simply because none of the jewelry was my taste.

I thought parts of “The Next Big Leap for Women,” were brilliant, but the conclusion didn’t do enough (or maybe that was the point?)

I thought Vaginas Rule was really really smart on your part.

I only skimmed “Better off,” because I don’t have female children and have such a wonderfully rich and full life that it couldn’t hold my interest.

Thank you for printing the story of Katie Monroe – what she is doing is SO important.

Then, when I read the foot article and saw that the writer gave ONLY surgery as a solution to Morton’s Neuroma, I was furious. The WORSE thing anyone can do is have that surgery because the scar tissue can often be more painful than the surgery itself. Why didn’t she write about the alcohol shots (guided by imagery) which is safer; and instead of being on crutches (as I was the first time I had surgery), with the alcohol shots, I simply walked out of the doctor’s office – not even limping.

And finally I got angry with “In praise of Vanity” because I’ve read articles on the same subject so much better written and also smart and funny. Again, this is personal taste.
So that’s it – I will continue to devour the magazine and recommend it to my friends; and knowing me, I’ll probably continue to rant and rave whenever you give me a chance.

All the best,
Margie Goldsmith

Re: SEP letter from the editor
Fantabulous! And credit to you for learning from P.

Good to be reading More again.


Oh My!!! Where do I even begin?! I just read your wonderful and enlightening article "A cut-the-crap guide to midlife friendship" and it just summed my last year up in a nutshell! I've just gone through a whole new 'shift' in the friendship department realizing I’ve outgrown the "friends you can't really depend on". It's so sad when you can't even come together for even just a few short hours of a women's dinner, shopping, or movie out. If they need to constantly cancel or bail on you at the last minute several times before you can even meet for just a coffee... is it really worth it?? Sometimes, yes.

I get that life happens and everyone's schedules and lives are different... but whatever happened to busy women and lives, but still being there for your friends?

First Published June 28, 2012

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MeeCee Baker09.25.2012

I have been a supportive fan of More Magazine for years and appreciate the tag line: For Women of Style and Substance. When the October issue arrived, I immediately began leafing through the pages. While reading "A Field Guide to the Mature Male", I was floored by the disrepectful and low brow commentary. The magazine of style and substance has quickly morphed into that of the rude and crude. I am very disappointed in the editor's choice and believe an apology is in order. I have taught my teenage daughter to be civil and respectful. The magazine which treats her father in such a manner will no longer by placed on the coffee table for public consumption. Shame of the editors at More.

C Cocco09.24.2012

How and why would you include John Lennon in the Mature Man Hall of Fame for 1980? He physicall abused his first wife, Cynthia. He cheated on her, while still married, with Yoko Ono. And was estrangled with his son Julian. And you consider this a Mature Man? I certainly do not. He did honor or respect either of those individuals.

Mary-Anne 09.23.2012

I loved the outfit feature on page 4 of the September issue (love the skin you're in). I couldn't find any information about it in the article. Can you share who the designer is and where to buy? Gorgeous!

Patty Matteo09.17.2012

I absolutely love More magazine. I have given it to friends as gift for the past few years. I loved your article on Diane Lane. I have always liked her but reading this article has made me love her.
Patty Matteo
Colorado Springs, CO

Patricia B.09.14.2012

I'm liking the trend toward publishing articles with a little more substance. In particular, September Issue, "The Lawyer of Last Resort". Excellent article, excellent writing. It's nice to look at the pictures of all the lovely things to have and buy, but for real interest, the in depth articles are my favorite. Thank you!

Hi Sue Gilfoy, Sorry you're having trouble with the survey. We just checked and it looks like it's still opened. If you'd like to still take it, you could do so here: more.com/september-2012-survey. Thanks for the feedback! --MORE.com Editors


I am really tired of a general interest women's magazine, most of which I very much enjoy, using many articles as a forum to push politcal views and support particular candidates. I will let my subscription lapse the next time it comes up for renewal. I eagerly started reading your article "Why Testosterone is the New Estrogen" and ended up recycling the entire magazine after reading the first page of that article. Statements such as "And as we learned from Barack Obama, it takes only one person to make the picture look different" and then in the next paragraph statements about how wonderful the author believes Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pilosi to be are merely political, and have no place in this magazine. If I wanted to read a political magazine, I would buy one. I do not buy More for this and I do not want to see it, in particular in such a one-sided, biased manner. I am a successful professional woman, and I am a Republican. Please keep in mind that approximately 46% of Americans voted for the Republican candidate in the last election. I am offended by your obvious bias and your assumption, issue after issue, that everyone supports a certain party and the current president. This is not the case and statistics bear this out.

I enjoyed your brief article about the IPhone's Siri (p. 36, September 2012). But you missed the point when Siri sung the 1892 song, "Daisy, Daisy", which is actually called "Daisy Bell". According to Wikipedia (and anyone ever associated with or appreciative of the history of speech synthesis): In 1961 an IBM 704 became the first computer to sing, in a demonstration of Bell Labs' newly invented speech synthesis -- and the song was "Daisy Bell". In the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey the intelligent HAL 9000 computer during its deactivation loses its mind and degenerates to singing "Daisy". The reason the computer reverted to singing this song, according to the film, was because it was one of the first things HAL learned when it was originally programmed. The author of the story, Arthur C. Clarke, had seen the 1961 demo. So Siri was reminding you of her heritage, which is kind of sweet.

chloe dreyfus09.02.2012

Just a note regarding teh Notebook item "Is Siri sexist?" In the movie 2001, when HAL the computer is being decommissioned, he regresses through his acquired intelligence. At one point he sings "Daisy," which was taught to him by his programmers in Uranna, IL, meant to be a dispaly of nuance and inflection. All 2001 fans - male and female -- appreciate the reference.

Sue Gilfoy08.30.2012

Just read the September issue and went on line to take the survey which is supposed to be open till 9/30. It is 8/30 and the website tells me the survey is closed. Why didn't you let it run till the date noted in Sept. issue? Anyway. . . a few comments. I have enjoyed your magazine for several years although I agree with a few of reader comments that it seems to be featuring younger women every month. What happened to celebrating the women who are in their 60's, 70's and even older? Surely there are some great "really" older women. Not every woman over 60 wants to be hidden away with a bag over her head. Many of us are proud of what we are doing and are living busy, vital lives - not sitting around waiting to get discarded. I enjoy many of your articles but find so many of your articles on fabulous fashions and beauty products to be way, way toooo expensive for the average woman of almost any age. In some issue your editors should challenge themselves to dress a woman head to toe for,say, less than $200 and look fabulous. Have you ever heard of resale? There are just as many classic styles just waiting to be discovered there as at Saks 5th Avenue or other high end stores.

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