Dear Editor

Friday, April 25, 2014


"Brevity is the soul of wit" is an adage lost on many an opinionator, but not on Felicia Nimue Ackerman, who's among the most published letters-to-the-editor writers in the country. Since 1987, more than 200 of her letters have been printed in the New York Times alone. Bob talks to Ackerman as well as Tom Feyer, letters editor for the Times, about the art of the epistolary retort.


Felicia Nimue Ackerman and Tom Feyer

Hosted by:

Bob Garfield

Comments [5]

DavidTulanian from Los Angeles

Regarding my April 27 online comment:
To Honesty from Fresh Meadows:
My apologies. I see that I rushed to post a comment without checking all my facts.
I assumed that you wrote about Ms. Ackerman. But now I see that you wrote about another person.

Once again, sorry that I rushed to judgment. Next time, I will be sure to slow down before submitting a comment.

Apr. 28 2014 02:19 PM
Michelle Hall from Spanish Fort, AL

I found this segment "Dear Editor" quite engaging.....Coming back today for a second listen.

Apr. 28 2014 12:28 PM
DavidTulanian from Los Angeles

So Honesty from Fresh Meadows objects to the voice of Felicia Nimue Ackerman, calling it “unfit.”
I played the interview twice and found nothing unfit about her voice. In fact, I found it to be an intelligent sounding one. It reminded me of my college days. That’s how many of professors sounded. Also, I like how she answers quickly, without a bunch of – uhms — unlike a number of our politicians who engage in this bothersome speech pattern! Clearly, she is a quick study who doesn’t sugarcoat.
By the way, I grew up in Encino, CA, home to many Jewish residents. So I’ve heard the voices of many Felicia Nimue Ackermans in my day. And that’s just fine.
I have to ask: Who appointed Honesty as the Captain of the Voice Patrol Squad?

Apr. 27 2014 11:10 PM
Thatwood B. Telling from The Village

I had no plans to praise this week's substitute Brooke until I saw the negative comments below. For what it's worth, this listener thought she was a fine replacement. I wouldn't want to lose Brooke, but that's because I think she's the bee's knees, not because I dislike Ms. Zomorodi. On the contrary, Ms. Z. came across as a smart, seasoned reporter as well as a radio pro with a smooth delivery (and pleasant voice!). What's not to like? Sheesh!

But of course we OTM listeners do love our B&B.

Apr. 27 2014 10:54 PM
Jack Keller from NYC

Since part of this weeks topic was opinion I will share mine. I have always had high regard for OTM and love the way serious subjects can be presented in a humorous way. I especially like the exchange between the hosts, Bob and Brooke, and the style of their presentation. Though the most important thing for me has always been content, relevant content that affects our daily life. Now I know that everyone has their opinion of what is relevant but somehow I feel that lately the some of the issues presented are fluff. I can almost hear it in the voice and presentation of Bob that he would rather be doing anything else then some of those fluff pieces. I am not saying that everything is fluff but please try not to appeal to those who feel that a 30 second sound bite or a twitter feed is all they need to understand the world. Just by gaining more "friends" or "followers" does not mean they actually listen and MEDIA is about listening, understanding and hopefully acting. Thank you, though, for all the great stuff that you do present.

Apr. 27 2014 12:00 PM

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