Magazine | May 6, 2013, Issue

Letters

On Location

In “Where She’s Coming From” (April 22), Florence King asserts that the movie Love Story “was actually filmed at Fordham.” Perhaps some of the scenes were filmed at Fordham, but I was at Harvard when Love Story was filmed there and personally witnessed the filming in Harvard Yard. Several of my classmates and friends appear in the hockey-game scene, which was filmed at Harvard’s rink. I have attended alumni meetings where the film was shown and we all pointed out the Cambridge places familiar to us. So Harvard should get at least partial credit for the movie.

Richard F. Collier Jr.

Belle Mead, N.J.

Back in the U.S.S.R.

Thanks for the recent notice about the passing of Galina Vishnevskaya (The Week, December 31). I was unfamiliar with her, being proudly, even defiantly, not a fan of opera. I found a copy of her book on Amazon and have found it to be everything you described. I’ve read a lot of Russian history through my decades and fairly widely in Russian literature. Her memoir is a refreshingly brutal depiction of life in the U.S.S.R. I most likely would have paid little attention to it when it was published and reviewed. I can’t imagine that much of the American Left was very happy with it.

Thanks again for calling our attention to this book.

Tom Strother

Fort Worth, Texas

Justifiably Excited

After several years of looking forward to Tuesday nights at ten almost as much as we look forward to the fortnightly Friday mail that brings National Review, we finally, with Kevin D. Williamson’s exegesis in the April 8 issue, feel, like Raylan Givens, “Justified.” Maybe Boyd and Ava will get their Dairy Queen franchise. Maybe not. But if Boyd has such bourgeois aspirations, why didn’t he ask instead for ten Class A shares (about $155 per share as of this morning) of parent company Berkshire Hathaway?

And here’s hoping Boyd will stick some Emulex under Downton Abbey.

Robert Olds

St. Augustine, Fla.

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Letters

On Location In “Where She’s Coming From” (April 22), Florence King asserts that the movie Love Story “was actually filmed at Fordham.” Perhaps some of the scenes were filmed at Fordham, ...
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