[*] 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
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