Your Letters: Short Sleepers; Nirvana

Wake up! Our interview last week about short sleepers, people who need less zzzz's than most people, got plenty of letters and comments. So did our story last week on the enduring legacy of Seattle grunge band Nirvana. Host Scott Simon reads comments from our listeners.

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SIMON: Time now for your letters.

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SIMON: Wake up. Our interview last week about short sleepers, people who need fewer zzzz's than most people, got plenty of letters and comments. Ty Nolan(ph) wrote to say she's been a short sleeper for as long as she can remember. Quote, "My mom said when I was a small child, she would look into my bedroom after she would put me down for a nap only to find each time I was standing in the crib shaking the bars."

Ken Druse in Brooklyn wanted to point out a famous short sleeper, Martha Stewart. She is the living short sleeper ideal, he writes. Oh, that's how she does it. Some listeners thought we glorified the short sleepers just a little too much.

But Elena Angeli of San Francisco, the short sleeping person whom we interviewed for this story wrote to say she's no superhuman. Nor do I aim to be titled as such, she writes. I simply have more hours in the day. What do I do with the extra hours? On the weekends, I usually get out of bed about an hour before my husband. I read the paper and set up breakfast. I daydream. Once he's awake, we enjoy a nice meal and share our thoughts and dreams.

Many of you shared your thoughts about our story last week on the enduring legacy of Nirvana, the Seattle grunge band.

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The band's album, "Nevermind," came out 20 years ago this September. Native-born Seattle-ite and the daughter of a Boeing engineer, writes Jane Kyle of Portland, Oregon, I take issue with your reporter who equates Bill Boeing, Bill Gates and Kurt Cobain as co-equals in the annals of Seattle history. But many of you commented on the story with fond memories of both flannel and Nirvana's lead singer Kurt Cobain.

First time my teenage self heard "Teen Spirit," writes Heather Dale, it was like the heavens opened up and all other music was lost forever for me. It was a beautiful thing.

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