...why not boast about Leopold and Loeb?
BLAME THE MESSENGER
Leonard R. Friedman (“Letters,”
October/04) makes an apt point in comparing the content of letters
to the Harvard alumni magazine with those in the Chicago alumni
magazine: letters to the University of Chicago Magazine
typically speak of the past, while Harvard Magazine letters
comment on important current issues, national and international.
However, Mr. Friedman doesn’t suggest a cause for this disparity,
which I suspect is due to the content of the magazines.
Harvard Magazine almost always features
a lengthy article by a member of the faculty, addressing a major
issue in a serious way. The University of Chicago Magazine
very rarely does so. Interested Chicago alumni may read the Harvard
Magazine online at http://www.harvard-magazine.com/
and make the comparison for themselves.
It would seem that the content of Harvard
Magazine influences the response of its audience. This suggests
that the University of Chicago Magazine would get more
serious letters if the Magazine were to publish more serious
content and less journalistic fluff.
Robert Michaelson, SB’66
The University of Chicago Magazine
welcomes letters. Letters for publication must be signed and may
be edited for space and clarity. To ensure the widest range of
views, we encourage letters of fewer than 300 words. Write: Editor,
University of Chicago Magazine, 5801 S. Ellis Avenue,
Chicago, IL60637. Or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.