To the Editor of Time Magazine,
Rather than play into the outrage you so transparently tried to provoke, I shrug my shoulders.
Rather than blog about the unfairness and insensitivity of your cover, I leave that to others who have done so with far more aplomb than I could.
Rather than read the firestorm of criticism and debate that exploded in the blogesphere, I chose three from writers I really respect. One was a direct response, and the other two used it as a jumping off point to discuss what is relevant to me at the moment - writing and parenting.
Rather than have talks with my kids about it, I just left it on the counter for them to see. Consider it ignored by them and the issue unread by me.
Rather than jump immediately into the fray, I waited a week and let my response develop naturally - and on the outskirts of my thinking. Here it is, without even the courtesy of a link to the cover article that prompted this letter - I'm pretty sure you know the one to which I refer:
Thanks for helping me de-clutter my magazine rack and my mind. Fareed Zakaria is brilliant, and Joel Stein is hilarious. But really, I can get them online if I want them, and I officially dismiss you as extraneous. Subscription cancelled.
With minimal regret,