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I didn’t get around to reading John Metcalfe’s story on Manon Cleary (“Queen of Beverly Court,” 7/2) until recently but had been so captivated by the beautiful cover photography by Darrow Montgomery that I had set it aside for later reading. I loved it!

Thanks for a great article and superb photography. Both Cleary and Steven Kijek sound like wonderful, interesting people.

I especially enjoyed the article because of its descriptions of all the eccentric, artistic, expressive people (Yuri Schwebler was a trip—even shaved his balls!); it’s a story not only about Cleary but about Beverly Court and Washington, D.C.: how they changed…how life changed.

The article reminds me of my hippie days, in Jackson, Miss. (yes!), and in New Orleans, when some of us lived in collectives and communes with doors unlocked, and there was much sharing, creative expression and conceptual art, and revelry. I loved those days! We celebrated the individual, challenged the system, experimented with different ways of being, explored a variety of experiences, and believed we could change the world.

I was able to vicariously relive some of those memories through Metcalfe’s/Montgomery’s story. Thank you.

Takoma Park, Md.