Dreaded sunny day to Saturday Night Divas
I needed a break after a marathon of listening to The Smiths and Morrissey so I flipped on the TV. Spice World was on LOGO. I tuned in just in time for the alien encounter. Now my heart is full and I have spiced up my life.
Where does it all lead? What will become of us? These were our young questions, and young answers were revealed.
It leads to each other. We become ourselves.
For a time Robert protected me, then was dependent on me, and then possessive of me. His transformation was the rose of Genet, and he was pierced deeply by his blooming. I too desired to feel more of the world. Yet sometimes that desire was nothing more than a wish to go backward where our mute light spread from hanging lanterns with mirrored panels. We had ventured out like Maeterlinck’s children seeking the bluebird and were caught in the twisted briars of our new experiences.
— Patti Smith (“Just Kids,” 2010)
To the Editor:
In “The Humble Pope” (Op-Ed, nytimes.com, Feb. 12), Carol Zaleski says Pope Benedict sought “to carry on the version of feminism that one associates with John Paul II.” In other words, he was anti-feminist. And so it will continue.
Denver, Feb. 12, 2013
I like reading a series of male perspectives on the departing pope followed by a single, succinct female perspective.