What a sad piece of contrived conflict and blatant envy featured in your June 1 issue [“A Little Secret About The Secret” by Julia Rickert, June 1]. Who would ask us to believe that the deceit of James Frey’s fabricated personal experiences published as non-fiction can in any way be compared to a missing direct reference among Rhonda Byrne’s broad compilations of life testimonies and experiences that science has only recently begun to vigorously explore—except perhaps someone seething with envy and quite comfortable with ignorance. What the author labels as a “profoundly flawed central premise” is the subject of such broad study in fields as wide-ranging as psychology, neuroscience, economics, theology, and even ecology that I couldn’t begin to cite the references (but I will on request). Although the temptation to leverage readership off of Oprah’s extreme, multimedia vitality was likely overwhelming, publishing a feature with such obvious ham-fisted histrionics as: “promotion of selfishness and self-delusion,” “illogic and irresponsibility,” “quotations. . . shockingly divorced from their context,” “The Secret has potential to cause tangible harm . . . ,” “That The Secret’s premise is a fantasy is undeniable,” and on and on and on is just a bit opportunistic. Then again, perhaps the piece was meant as a tribute to the Onion.

Stephen R. Grove

Wicker Park