My rejected letter to the editors of People Magazine


In re: your thoughtful piece on the dissolution of Ms. Kardashian’s marriage, (Nov. 11, “Kim: Savagely Stupid or Coldly Cynical?”), what a shame that Ms. Kardashian and Mr. Humphries, her estranged husband, couldn’t sustain their union long enough to recognize this truism from Rilke:
“A good marriage is that in which each appoints the other guardian of his solitude. Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue to exist, a wonderful living side by side can grow up, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole and against a wide sky.”

I posit that had they summoned the intestinal fortitude to stay the course and learned to love “the distance between them,” our society would be one enduring sanctified union to the better.

Yours most sincerely,

Austin, TX

PS: We heartily look forward to the next installment in your pictorial series on the plastic surgery mishaps that have befallen some of the best known players in our popular entertainments.