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February 2, 2005 |

Dear Garrison,
I so enjoy your show and especially your irreverence. I was particularly pleased last weekend to hear you make fun of The Aviator. I hated it. I thought it was sophomoric and superficial in terms of Hughes's personality and mental illness (and ignoring of his probable drug addiction) and disrespectful of such strong figures as Ava Gardner and Katharine Hepburn. I also love the stuff you do about institutionalized religion at its worst.

Thanks for being there,
Vivien Wolsk, NYC

Vivien, you and me both. The script had a committee feel about it and Leonardo diCaprio did not look like anybody capable of flying a plane, and about an hour into it I started to look at my watch. But wasn't Alan Alda terrific as a corrupt senator? The other night I saw an even worse movie, Million-Dollar Baby, directed by Clint Eastwood, which is the pointless downer of the year. Clint was his usual two-dimensional self but Morgan Freeman was classy and sweet. And Hillary Swank was so good right up to the point the screenwriter made her a quadriplegic and suddenly every bit of life went out of the movie. A painful wrong turn. It's a movie that leaves you with nothing but emptiness and grief and it takes a long time to forget. I think I'll write a boxing story for the show this week — let Tom Keith do those socks and pows and krrrrrrracks.

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