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Apr 22, 2010 08:37 AM

Cook's Illustrated letter from the editor: Henry?

I like the magazine a lot but have to wonder what gets into Mr. Kimball with his personal essays. Enough already with the oldtimey stuff! I am old enough to have read the comic strip Henry (subject of this issue's reminiscence) as a child and remember it being unbelievably, mindbendingly, unremittingly dull. Even duller than Little Lulu. Even then it seemed a relic of the far distant past. I know the magazine is his to do with as he wishes but why not put more food content and less maundering on about his idealized past in it?

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  1. Henry -- was that the bald-headed kid?

    There were some pretty lame classic strips. The artwork was better then -- simpler and clearer.

    1. That crap from him and his farm drives me crazy. I wont read it anymore.

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      1. There was a great profile of Chris Kimball in the Boston Globe Sunday magazine a while back that touched on the fact that everyone hates his essays. His quote was something along the lines of "It's my f---ing magazine and I'll do whatever I want with it." Which...fair enough!

        I actually really like the essays, in large part BECAUSE they're such an odd, quirky thing to put in the magazine, plus he's not a bad writer.

        1. He's an odd duck. Don't see him around the Village as much these days and yes he wears a bow tie. My take is that he's modeling himself on such characters as Henry Beetle Hough, who wrote a folksy (better) column for a few generations for the (Martha's) Vineyard Gazette.

          1. One of the reasons I cancelled my subscription. Dull blather about himself, his precious offspring, and religion.

            And I love a man (NOT HIM) in a bow tie.