Letters: WikiLeaks And 'Breakfast At Tiffany's'

Guest host Jacki Lyden reads listeners' letters.


This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Jacki Lyden.

Time now for your letters.

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LYDEN: Our report last week from NPR's David Folkenflik on WikiLeaks and its unveiling of classified military documents related to the war in Afghanistan got a big response.

On Facebook, Christopher Irvine of Southampton, New York writes: I have no problem with protest or activism. But WikiLeaks crossed the line. They should be held fully accountable for putting hundreds of Afghans in mortal danger. Legitimate anti-war protest ends when people's lives are put in danger. After that point you become a combatant.

Taking a different perspective, June Foley of Plattsburgh, New York wrote this on Facebook: Secrets have no place in a democracy. They deprive the electorate of information we need to be informed voters. They provide cover for those doing wrong. Empires need secrets. Democracies cannot survive them.

My interview last week with Sam Wasson, author of "Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman," had many of you reminiscing about the film and the actress.

Bobby Rivers of New York City writes: Besides the sexual revolution aspect of the film, it also flipped audience expectations of an Audrey Hepburn character. Usually she was the smart young woman whose intellectual side could only be appreciated by an older man. In "Sabrina" she goes for Humphrey Bogart instead of the younger William Holden. In "Funny Face" she falls for Fred Astaire. But in "Breakfast at Tiffany's," the rich Brazilian lover, played by Jose Villalonga, wouldn't be good really for Holly. In that Blake Edwards film she finds love and happiness with the young George Peppard.

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Mr. GEORGE PEPPARD (Actor): (as Paul Fred Varjak) No, I'm going to buy you a present. You bought me one, a typewriter ribbon, and it brought me luck.

Ms. AUDREY HEPBURN (Actress): (as Holly Golightly): All right, but Tiffany's can be pretty expensive.

Mr. PEPPARD: (as Paul Fred Varjak) I've got my check and $10.

LYDEN: And my essay last week on weddings, specifically the matrimony of Chelsea Clinton, brought back memories for some of you.

Heidi Walker of Virginia Beach, Virginia liked the idea of having two weddings, one for the public and one just for the bride and groom to be. My husband and I did just that, she writes. We got to the courthouse in Norfolk, Virginia late and had missed the Justice of the Peace. The clerk gave us directions. We found our way to his house and took our places in the living room in front of his large console television. When we celebrate our anniversaries, although I have wonderful memories of our outdoor ceremony, it's the surprise and delight I felt in that living room that I remember and cherish most. It was only for us.

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