Mitchell Owens, Manhattan
I knew Chessy Rayner casually, admired her enormously, and wrote about her on
occasion -- including, sadly, her obituary for the New York Times.
And while she taught me and many others how to live stylishly while spending
less -- deploying cheap Chinatown plates with uptown aplomb, buying masses
of Korean-grocer pink carnations, pondering the design possibilities at
Sears, and basically just not giving a damn -- Rayner would have laughed to
read that "she pioneered the concept of mixing high and low," as your
writer, Amy Larocca, asserts ["Playing Chessy," August 26-September
2]. After all, Coco Chanel got there first.
|A Time to "Give"
Peter Larkin, Bayside,N.Y.
In your September 16 issue, I read that Liza Minnelli and her husband, David
Gest, are auctioning off some of their belongings because it's "time to give
everything back to the fans" ["Intelligencer: Life Is an Auction for Liza
and David," by Marc S. Malkin], according to the auction-house president. If
they were really interested in "giving" anything away, wouldn't it be more
appropriate to donate their things to a charity, and let the charity reap
|Twelve Angry Hicks
Doretta Levine, Williamsville, N.Y.
I'm a resident of western New York and a subscriber to New York
Magazine. I found the references to the "two hick grand juries, one out in
western Pennsylvania and another in western New York" in James J. Cramer's
recent column ["The Bottom Line: The Morning Line," September 16] to be yet
another provincial comment by a New York writer. In no way is your judicial
system superior to ours.
Not in My Village
Bruce David Martin, Manhattan
Your article extolling the virtues of Richard Meier's glass towers ["Gotham:
Outside the Box," by Aric Chen, September 9] is insulting to longtime
Greenwich Village residents like myself. Who cares if celebrities are moving
in? No doubt Mr. Chen doesn't live in the Village and hasn't had his view of
the Hudson River obscured by these hideous structures. Richard Meier's
"artwork" shows a total disregard for our historic neighborhood. Though the
pretentious sign that used to be next to the buildings declared them
architectural landmarks, they are not the type of landmarks that are welcome