Perhaps the 'Thanks' Was Genuine

RECEIVED Tue., Sept. 26, 2006

Dear Editor,
    Re: Interview with Chuck Klosterman [“Truth and Inconsequences,” Books, Sept. 22]: I noticed in the comment about a Christmas card from Val Kilmer you referred to him as a Scientologist. Actually the truth is Mr. Kilmer is a Christian Scientist. This is not Scientology which is John Travolta and Tom Cruise's religion.
    And I think that was a very nice gesture on Mr. Kilmer's part to send you [Klosterman] a Christmas card; that is his way of thanking you for writing a positive article about him. But you made his gesture seem like a joke to you; not cool. He has had more than his fair share of trash written about him. How would you like it if every time you turned around, someone was writing something nasty about you and a lot of times it's not the truth? Then someone finally writes something nice and positive. Wouldn't you want to make a kind gesture to thank them? Well, I just wanted you to know what Mr. Kilmer's real religion is and how comments that you as a "journalist" make can be very upsetting to his fans that adore him.
Donna Lloyd
Victoria, British Columbia
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