We love letters. Maybe it’s because our grandmas always used to tape a quarter to our birthday cards when we were little and we now have this Pavlovian thing going on. Regardless, we want to hear from you. Sing our praises, bust our chops or just tell us what’s on your mind. Send your thoughts to us at the following address: editor@americanwaymag.com.


I am writing about Richard Oliver’s well-documented article on his travels to India [“Passage to India,” Feb. 15]. I am a travel planner by profession. I do customized vacations, and I use services from companies such as Luxury India Holidays. India is one of the destinations I focus on, as I originate from there. I enjoyed reading the article, and I noticed the underlying sense of adventure that was present for Oliver.

I do believe that with India, one needs to have that spirit of adventure when visiting. I hope Oliver makes the time to visit again and to go to southern India! Thanks for such an upbeat article on this great destination.

RICHARD OLIVER RESPONDS: Usha, I so appreciate the note. Even months after making the journey to incredible India, I can still close my eyes and recall the sights, smells and sounds of that wonderful country. That is the one enduring aspect of India that stays with me to this day: that it is a landscape of sensory delights; a tornadic swirl of compelling experiences. One best have that sense of adventure, because the country takes every visitor on a dizzying ride. I, for one, am so glad I took the ride and that I got to share it with American Way readers.


I just finished reading Cathy Booth Thomas’ article “Salvation in a Bowl of Spaghetti” [Jan. 15]. It was during that short period of time between “turn everything off ” and “you can turn a few things on for a while.” It was purely on a whim that I turned to page 92, and am I ever glad I did! Six beautiful paragraphs, and I thank Thomas for each one.

“As it turned out, that lone bullet shredded more than John’s herringbone-tweed jacket; it shredded Paula’s rosy visions of their new life together, and it threatened their sanity as well.” I loved that sentence! Keeping the Feast, which I am sure to purchase, will be much more meaningful. I just want her to know how much I enjoyed her contribution, and I look forward to her next column.

CATHY BOOTH THOMAS RESPONDS: I appreciate that you took the time to e-mail. We want to convert more people to my “dark side” dispatches. The feedback is appreciated.


My name is Allison Prang, and I was rejected by Northwestern University on Dec. 14 after applying early-decision. My cousin sent me Adam Pitluk’s column about his own rejection from Northwestern, and I really related to it after I was denied admission.

Like Mr. Pitluk, I had wanted to go to Northwestern since I was young, and my closet was full of purple. I am editor of my school paper, have a column for my local paper and am a staff writer for the Chicago Tribune’s student paper, The Mash. I thought I had done everything I could to get into Medill, and like Mr. Pitluk, I was heartbroken when I found out that it would not be happening. My professors have been very supportive in helping me realize that I don’t need Medill. I just need to want to be a journalist and to have the qualities and drive to be a good reporter. I am now considering Mr. Pitluk’s alma mater, Mizzou, among others. Thanks to Mr. Pitluk for his touching insights. His column really helped me.

ADAM PITLUK RESPONDS: When people like us were in grade school, Northwestern was the gold standard of journalism. The fact is, they only let a couple hundred people in per year. Sure, some Medill grads are in important positions, but if you work hard, it doesn’t matter where you study journalism; you’ll do just fine. Northwestern doesn’t get you into anywhere better than any other solid journalism school. Let me know where you land and when you’re in the market for an internship. Chin up, Allison.


Thanks for a great issue featuring America Ferrera [March 1]. I found Cathy Booth Thomas’ article “Countdown to Spaceport America” very informative and exciting. I am looking forward to the spaceport opening in New Mexico and to the investment that Virgin Galactic has made in opening this last frontier to everyone.

However, Thomas refers to J. Robert Oppenheimer as “the father of modern rocketry.” As an amateur space historian, I believe that the individual Thomas meant to reference was not Oppenheimer, project manager for the Manhattan Project, but Robert H. Goddard, who spent time in Roswell and in the surrounding area working and testing various rocket designs. Goddard is considered by many within the science and technology communities to be the father of modern rocketry in the United States.

ADAM PITLUK RESPONDS: You are absolutely correct, Chris. And you’re one heck of an editor. Thank you very much for bringing this to our attention. We apologize for this error.