National Geographic : 1983 Apr
Members Forum WASHINGTON, D. C. It is certain that L'Enfant couldn't map it. Wash ington couldn't command it. Neither Hoban nor Thornton was able to build it. No committee has power to decide it, and no reflecting pool can mirror it. Yet it exists. Thank you for confirming that you can find a real heart in an imaginary city-Washington, D. C. (January 1983). A. Wayne Adam, Jr. Toronto, Ontario THE MEDITERRANEAN Rick Gore's place-ambience-science-history prose in "The Mediterranean: Sea of Man's Fate" (December 1982) is a work of literary art. Not only was the depth and breadth of his research stunning, but the artful way in which he put sep arate pieces of his complex jigsaw puzzle togeth er made the reading as live and absorbing as a first-rate mystery story. George I. Polakov New York, New York In your superb article about the Mediterranean, you mention the topless bathing suit as a "mono kini." The name bikini is for the Pacific Ocean's Bikini Island, not for the Latin prefix "bi," mean ing two. Two kinis? The proper name is mono bikini, or just topless bikini. Edgardo Baez Mexico City, Mexico In the world offashion, names are coined with out regardfor etymology. GAZA ARCHAEOLOGY If Trude Dothan rejects the biblical reference to a Philistine existence in the Holy Land during the Exodus (December 1982), how about the earlier reference (Genesis 21:34) that even "Abraham sojourned in the Philistines' land many days"? As a Palestinian, I am puzzled by the unexplainable, rather wishful thinking that the Israelites came first to Canaan. Yolanda Ramadan New York, New York Most scholarsagree that the account of Abraham was written long after the time of the patriarchs, and that the term "Philistines'land" was used for geographicidentification.The Philistinesdid not reach the regionuntil about 1200 B.C ., halfa century after the probable time of the Exodus.