Calendar letters: ‘past the pale’ origins, TV credit salute

A rethink in structure

As a SCI-Arc alum (class of 2001), I thanks for Carolina A. Miranda’s column in regards to the Sundown Spectacular [“Form, Function, Furor,” Aug. 26], which due to the visibility of the underlying story, ought to immediate a rethink of the “bent” coronary heart of architectural energy and labor practices — if not for the current technology of practitioners, then not less than for college kids right now who will grow to be practitioners sooner or later.

And if I additionally could reply the query you posed, structure also needs to be examined in relation to the way it was made, by whom and particularly, at whose expense.

There’s a higher story of magnificence to be advised in structure past formal aesthetics.

Jeff Chan



Using unpaid interns is a standard “dirty little secret” within the architectural occupation, and is a critical barrier to entry for the much less economically advantaged, who’ve been traditionally underrepresented.

For a occupation in want of higher variety, we as architects should do a greater job of outlawing this exploitative and discriminatory apply.

Alex Ward

Santa Monica

Parsing the ‘pale’ phrase

It could be useful for the reader, although it will not be for Mary McNamara’s column [“Fantasy that We Can All Believe,” Aug. 29], to know that “pale” within the phrase “beyond the pale” is derived from the Latin palus, which means a pole or stick.

Pales had been used to mark the bounds of a group, and the phrase was used as early because the thirteenth century.

Alex Austin

West Hills


I’m 82 and my grandparents from either side of my household got here to the U.S. from Ukraine, Latvia and Lithuania, all a part of the Russian Empire, within the late Eighteen Nineties.

All my life I’ve understood that the expression “beyond the pale” referred to the Pale of Settlement, an space within the Russian Empire the place the Jewish individuals had been pressured to dwell. Am I improper?

Julie Allan

Los Angeles

Music is the cruelest minimize

Concerning Meg James’ article “TV’s Credit Squeeze” [Aug. 31]: By chopping the credit brief, we additionally miss the music below them, typically the proper option to finish a fantastic film.

I’m pondering of “That’s Amore” on the finish of “Moonstruck” and “Que Sera, Sera” on the finish of “Nurse Betty.” A minimum of I feel that’s how “Nurse Betty” ends. Peacock minimize it off after two bars of music.

Even PBS has gotten into the act. “Last Tango in Halifax” ended with the leads, Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid, at a tea dance. The scene and temper had been rudely interrupted by a promo for an additional PBS program.

Eric DeWeese


This simply in …

Concerning Alexandra Del Rosario’s on-line article: “Kanye West is Back on Instagram — and Already Trashing the Kardashians and Davidson” [Sept. 2]

We don’t care.

Clint Trout

San Diego