I silently applaud the Washington City Paper’s (and Laura Lang’s) radical media concept—a story about a “normal” child—and an African-American child living in the District of Columbia, to boot (“An Incredible, Stupendous, Eye-Popping Tale About a Totally Normal Kid,” 3/24)! Clearly, Lang is not interested in ever working for, say, the Washington Post. But if she is, she had better find a few of the “standard” hooks for this kind of story as it appears in the aforementioned paper: police record, peer or peers either incarcerated or dead, father or mother of one (or several) children…you know, the “black experience.” As for Nile’s “nothing special” assessment of her family’s Buddhist practice—(“I hardly think about it. Right now, I’m looking for the ladybug I just saw”)—well, let’s just say she’s closer to enlightenment than she knows.

Arlington, Va.