To the editors:

I sincerely hope you disregard the comments made by Lynn Engelhardt about the “tedium” of most Reader cover stories (Letters, May 7). In my opinion, the cover stories are almost always worth reading in full. It seems to me that the stories are lengthy not because the Reader staff is lax about editing them, as Ms. Engelhardt assumes, but because the stories deal with complex issues and because the writers are committed to thoroughly researching those issues and to presenting every opinion that they find. I think there should be more, not less, of this type of journalism.

Although I haven’t followed Ms. Engelhardt’s suggestion by commissioning market research to determine how many Reader readers finish the cover stories, I am willing to bet that a fair number do. The ones who don’t are probably picking up the paper for the reviews, event listings, classified ads, and other interesting things contained in its pages.

Ms. Engelhardt seems to be a victim of the “short attention span” affliction that we hear so much about these days. My advice for her is to try one of the many papers offering skimpily researched (but short and easily digested) features–the Tribune, for example. Better yet, just watch TV.

Steve Kreisler

S. Woodlawn