Boston-area arts letters

Dimitri Hadzi Monograph

Don’t trash a treasure

I read with great interest Geoff Edgers’s article on the removal or destruction of that wonderful sculpture, “Omphalos” by Dimitri Hadzi (“Crumbling hopes for Harvard Square structure,” g, Aug. 30), in Harvard Square. It really makes me so sad! I was thinking perhaps Massport could help Mrs. Hadzi find a new home for it. They have just constructed a new walkway outside the Wonderland T stop over to Revere Beach. I think the piece would add to what they are trying to accomplish there in terms of beautifying the welcome to the beach.


East Boston

If it were up to me as MBTA czar, I would cede the work on the Dimitri Hadzi sculpture to Harvard University and/or the city of Cambridge to unpin the several sections and repurpose each part for placement in a new location in the city. For example, they could say: “Lexington, 9½ miles,” or “Continental Army Conscripts met here,” with “Dimitri Hadzi Fecit” newly engraved below. Some of the more fanciful banner tops could be auctioned off to help defray the project cost. That way the sculptor’s work would enjoy new life in the world to come.



Peterborough, N.H.

A political tragedy

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The play “All the Way" (“Breaking Presidential: Bryan Cranston Goes ‘All the Way’ With LBJ,” SundayArts, Sept. 1) is an exciting prospect. I am just finishing Robert Caro’s “The Passage of Power,” and the utterly tragic life of LBJ is about to reach its apex, the ultimate success of everything good that LBJ sought to achieve — civil rights, voting rights, Medicare — before the awful descent into Vietnam. There is nothing in these achievements and failures that does not reside in the powerful, tragic personality of Lyndon Johnson.

I was one of those who worked for his election in 1964, had tremendous hopes for a transformation of the United States, and saw it happen, but in ways unpredictable at the time. This volume of Caro’s exceptional work covers the period that the play covers. There is a Lear quality to LBJ or, as Barbara Garson would have it, Macbethian. Wherever poets and historians, playwrights or political analysts gather to consider the tragic in politics, LBJ will be there smiling, scowling, pounding his fist, cajoling, deceiving, lying, leading — slower than a speeding bullet but as powerful as any political locomotive. If only he had left this world in 1967.


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Turn for the better

The Greenway is so wonderful, and the carousel will be a delightful addition (“Greenway carousel is ‘high point’ of lead donor’s life,” g, Aug. 31). My husband and I stopped to rest at the bench by the temporary carousel there last year as the attendant was beginning to close it down. He asked if we would like to ride it. We didn’t, but it was such a pleasant, cheerful thing for him to ask. Recently in Boston with the good weather, we walked the Greenway, admiring the fountains and children, and the families enjoying it all.



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This is them

My friend and I are disappointed in Marc Hirsh’s review of “One Direction: This Is Us” (“One Direction film is one-dimensional,” g, Aug. 30). He left out some important information, such as the band visiting Africa and raising money for a great charity. He also ignored how they surprised their fans and wished they could meet them all. He failed to mention that Zayn Malik bought a house for his mother and sisters. The movie was so much better than he presented it to be.



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