Still, I find some articles quite gratifying. Like the one about Charlotte Braun. I have read "Peanuts" all my life but had never heard of this character, whom Charles Shulz apparently created to be some distorted, female version of Charlie Brown. Unlike Charlie, Charlotte was mean and pushy and even louder than Lucy. But Shulz tired of her quickly and blinked her to the cornfield, never to be seen again. (Later, he created Charlie's sister Sally as a new, better female twist on Charlie.)
Shortly after Charlotte went away, Shulz received a letter from an avid "Peanuts" reader who disliked the character and requested that she be eliminated. Shulz responded by asking the reader if she felt comfortable being responsible for the death of a child, and enclosed in the post script a sketch of Charlotte with an axe in her head. It almost seems to urban legendy to be true, but the letter was apparently donated to the Library of Congress, which posted a scan of it online. Amazing. Charlotte Braun, rest in peace.
[ first part: cyborgs; second part: charlotte ]