Re "Highly Illogical" by Anthony Lane (a review of Star Trek)Yeah, I know. I wouldn't publish it either.
I'm quite sure this letter will end up a thick file labeled "Angry Trekkies," but I will send it anyway. Anthony Lane gets Lieutenant Uhura, the Enterprise's linguist, quite wrong, in an amusingly ironic way. He says that she is "said to have 'exceptional oral sensitivity.'" Uhura is a linguist who spends most of her time listening to faint transmissions in alien languages: her exceptional sensitivity is "aural" -- not "oral."
Unfortunately for Lane, his aural sensitivity isn't quite as exceptional as Lieutenant Uhura's. Subtitles might help him with those confusing English homonyms.
Los Angeles, California
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
When Trekkies Attack
An open letter to the New Yorker: