Amy Musher's Mailbag

When a single day's batch of mail includes a letter from one reader who tells us how much she "adores Joel Stein's celebrity interviews" and another from a reader who thinks Stein is "the nastiest, bitchiest, sleaziest little rat ever to scoot around the halls of TIME," you know you've got one provocative writer on your hands.

From the moment he debuted as the writer of the People section, on Nov. 3, 1997, we noticed an uptick in mail about what was already one of the magazine's best-read pages. More than that, it was the beginning of an intractable love-hate...

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