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Our review of “The Loser Letters” stage production

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Elizabeth Scalia - published on 10/09/16

Sometimes a piece is better off pulled

A recent review of the production playwright and director Jeffrey Fiske’s stage adaptation of Mary Eberstadt’s acclaimed novel, The Loser Lettersdid not adequately make distinctions between the novel and the play and seemed to assign many of its criticisms directly toward Eberstadt, who in fact had very little to do with the production. While the reviewer assures us that she holds no animus toward Eberstadt, our editorial team should have taken more care to insure that important distinctions were made within her critique, in order to prevent it from seeming unduly personal.

Having failed that, for which I, as Editor-in-Chief of the English edition at Aleteia, take responsibility, it has been decided that pulling the piece entirely is the fairest way to prevent inaccurate or erroneous perceptions concerning either The Loser Letters, the novel, or Fiske’s staged adaptation. A fuller explanation of our thoughts on the importance of Catholic art and how to best support it in all venues, will follow.


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