by Adam Pitluk
Loved your article “A Fusion of Flavors” on the Harlem restaurant scene (October). The first time I went to Harlem, it was a mistake. It was the 1950s. My teenage friends and I took the wrong subway and ended up on 125th Street. What a difference the years make! Now we go eagerly to eat, check out the charming brownstones, and relish the Harlem Renaissance. Red Rooster is a favorite spot. And it’s not just the food. It’s the vibe. Chef Marcus Samuelsson presides over a rainbow coalition, greeting old friends and newcomers with equal zest. And don’t miss the peach cobbler at nearby Sylvia’s.
New York and Miami Beach
Your article, “Camp Mermaid” by Kathleen Parrish (October) brought back fond memories for me. You see, I was a Weeki Wachee Mermaid in 1974 and 1975. I even recognized one of the mermaids pictured! I drank Coke from a bottle and ate bananas under water too. The hardest part was using only breath control to stay under water during the 45 minute shows. During the performance if we took in too much air we shot up to the surface and out of sight. The feeling of absolute beauty and freedom under the water is something I will never forget. Now I have the same feeling above the ground in flight since I am flight attendant for American Airlines. Which job do I prefer? Well, I’ve been with American for almost 40 years!
I read the short POV article about how sounds contribute to the scariness of horror movies with interest (“Things That Go Bump in the Night,” October). The sounds of movies of this genre have always freaked me out more than the images; I can’t stand to be within earshot of such sounds even if I am not engaged in the movie. On my eastbound transatlantic flight, I decided to see if, protected by this intellectual knowledge about sounds gained from reading the article, I could watch a scary flick. I got through the first sounds of creaky hinges and blowing winds in The Conjuring 2 OK, but when it got to the deep rumbling sound and dissonant music, I had to give up. The new information did not rescue me from the eerie effectiveness of the soundtrack. I switched to something more cheery on the movie menu.
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