To the editors:

I’m always amazed at what petty little pricks writers can be. In his “Culture Club” column of February 1, Lewis Lazare faulted Chicago magazine’s Henry Hanson for supporting a new performing-arts center. That’s certainly a legitimate debate, but Lazare goes on to say that Hanson’s writings have been “confined primarily to the comings and goings of a handful of pampered socialites.” That’s like saying Royko’s stuff has been confined to a few neighborhood Polish drunks. Yes, Hanson has chronicled the ladies who lunch, but his standing as an arts and cultural writer in this town needs no defense. Lazare should know better.

Bill Brashler

N. Hoyne