[*] Close Encounters of the Fourth Kind (Weidenfeld, 477 pp., £20, 14 August, 0 297 81736 1).
[†] Dark White: Aliens, Abductions, and the UFO Obsession (Hamish Hamilton, 303 pp., £16.99, April 1994, 0 241 13415 3).
Vol. 17 No. 20 · 19 October 1995
From Francis Macaulay
Anne Enright seems overwhelmed by the social tyranny of Ireland, with its apparent production line of children (LRB, 21 September). She must come to Los Angeles – it is so on considerate of women and so enlightened. We have four seasons – fires, floods, riots and earthquakes – but abortions continue through them all. Better still, China would be a good choice: one baby only – not by choice, but by command. The trials of our present-day women and their reproductive rights: how did Queen Victoria manage with all those babies, and an empire as well?
La Habra Heights, California