Over the years I have written four letters to The New York Times.Two of them were published which shows that my view points were taken into consideration.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006


Let’s face it. It is proper and correct to be clean. But when cleanliness is excessive...it becomes an obsession.There are people that do not have even a live plant in their house because the thought of a dropping leaf would give them a panic attack. Joan Crawford and Marlene Dietrich were famous for their " crazy clean". It was said that Miss Crawford would make her suitors take their shoes to enter...her home. She herself kneeled down...to scrub the floors.
Marlene Dietrich would buy gallons of vinegar which, according to her, was the best cleanser. She would clean the bathrooms of the hotels with vinegar and even use it on herself. I wonder what her many men ( and women) thought of that smell...were they eating a salad dressing?
When I meet people so obsessed with cleanliness I call them " So-and- So Dearest".


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