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NPR's Scott Simon tears open the Weekend Edition Saturday email bag.


This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon.

Time now for your letters.

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SIMON: Conversation last week with Leonard Nimoy about his book of photography brought both compliments and complaints.

Euan Bear(ph) of Bakersfield, California wrote: Maybe you'd have to have spent 50-plus years having people tell you you're not supposed to be fat or nearly three decades trying to educate your community out of its fat phobia to experience the kind of reaction I had to this brief interview. I wept, laughed, sobbed. It was about hearing the recognition and respect.

But Heather Watt Viterelo(ph) of Austin write: Come on. Could you have sounded more offensive in the Nimoy piece - going where no man has gone before? Do you not know that more than half of American women are a size 14 or larger?

We'd just like to point out that Mr. Nimoy's camera subjects, as we said in the introduction, were larger than size 20.

Lastly, this note from Linda Gramatky-Smith of Westport, Connecticut, the daughter of author Hardie Gramatky: What a delight it was to hear Daniel Pinkwater and you read my father's "Little Toot" children's book. It made me feel proud to hear such lovely praise about my dad's artwork and the way he didn't talk down to children.

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