A CLASS ACT
We British are fascinated by the world of Tinseltown and the stars who populate it. So I was intrigued to read your interview with Alec Baldwin [“Smart Alec,” March 1], a great actor who is well known in the U.K. I have to confess to having had misgivings — usually the bigger the actor, the bigger the ego. In the case of Baldwin, I was astonished to find a humble, honest and self-deprecating gentleman. In light of the most recent Charlie Sheen controversy, I can think of no better antidote than Baldwin. It is refreshing to read about someone with such a grounded world view despite fame and fortune. Perhaps the world should pay more attention to actors with such integrity, as you did in this excellent article.
Editor Adam Pitluk responds: On a flight to L.A. a few months ago, I got to talking with the fellow next to me about the state of affairs in Hollywood. It seems you can’t turn on the tube anymore and not see a story about celebs behaving badly. The Alec Baldwin story was executed well, in my opinion, because it showed that he is a man with character flaws who recognizes them and deals with them rather than deflecting and denying.
I found the article on Chuck Norris’ son in the March 1 issue of American Way [“Chuck Norris’ Son Is So Tough, He Does His Dad’s Stunts”] extremely interesting — and scary! As a longtime fan of his father, I found it awesome that Eric Norris has apparently not only inherited many of the skills possessed by his father but actually surpasses his father in the area of stunts. I couldn’t believe some of the stunts detailed in that article. Thanks for a refreshing change of pace from the normal fare found in other in-flight magazines.
Editor Adam Pitluk responds: Awesome note, Roger. We agree that the Norris family is tough as nails. And I’d submit that our stories are tougher than any you’ll find in other in-flight magazines!
A BEAUTIFUL LAND
I was very pleased with the article “Beyond Machu Picchu” in the Feb. 15 issue. As a Peruvian citizen living in the United States for the last eight years, I was delighted that American Way went beyond one of the modern wonders of the world and allowed Jenna Schnuer to describe the very unique features of Peru. The cultural diversity of this South American country, from Inca heritage to Spanish colonization, as well as its wonderful cuisine, makes it a must for all travelers. Peru is undergoing a positive transformation and solid economic growth, and it is igniting a tourism revolution that will leave visitors from all over the world asking why vacations always seem so short. Thank you for this beautiful story.
Editor Adam Pitluk responds: Excellent observations. People’s default reaction to Peru is Machu Picchu, and for good reason: It’s beautiful! But that’s not all a country that large has to offer. We wanted people to think outside the box for their next vacation to Peru. I’m so thankful that you noticed our effort.
AMERICAN WAY 101
Editor Adam Pitluk responds: American Way as a textbook educating the minds of tomorrow — that’s about the best compliment we could receive. We will be watching for HCTHS students making waves in the future.
TO BE CLEAR
I applaud the attempt at balance in your Feb. 15 article “Pink School/Blue School” on the growing single-sex education movement and was glad to be interviewed for the piece. However, readers should appreciate that there is no scientific basis for teachers’ beliefs that “boys are more analytical” or that “boys are much more expressive when the girls are not around.” Such anecdotes are stereotypes and illustrate why gender segregation is not the answer for our cash-strapped public schools. In an age of evidence-based practice, there are no brain scans or psychological data that rationalize separate teaching methods for boys and girls. If anything, boys and girls need more, not less, opportunity to work together as they prepare to join the increasingly “coed” worlds of work, family and citizenship.
Editor Adam Pitluk responds: Thank you for the clarification, Dr. Eliot.