Letters to the Editor

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Twist of Fate

Regarding Tara Murtha’s cover about the story behind Zoe Strauss’ “Mattress Flip” photo:

I have lived on this block of McClellan St. since 1997. I remember the summer of those mattresses, how they drew the local children, how we watched in awe at the deftness of their moves and insecurity that one of those children might land badly and be hurt terribly. It went on for at least a week or maybe more before they were removed, gratefully before anyone got hurt. Years later, I wandered into Ms. Strauss’ exhibit and saw the photo and bought one. What a memory to be preserved so beautifully! I am sorry to hear about Boo. He represents so many that I watched grow here, some coming to a tragic end. The moment caught in the photo is, having experienced it myself, true and pure, the surge of joy in youth, testing the limits of its body, a real life celebrating its own force. What a gift.

ANONYMOUS, via philadelphiaweekly.com

Seeing the picture and then reading Boo’s story left an ache in my heart. It is as if nothing could be done to prevent the outcome but this isn’t true. Why was this the outcome and why were we so helpless to prevent a young man’s death. Thank you Zoe Strauss for capturing that moment. We need to learn from this.

MARY C., via philadelphiaweekly.com

I hope people read this and understand there are so many stories and faces like Boo’s underneath the crippling violence. Before reading this, I’ve always felt such incredible energy in this photo. I’m glad that it’s of him having fun that he’s remembered in.

KATHY, via philadelphiaweekly.com

I am so sorry to hear about Boo. I had this picture as my computer wallpaper for about a year because those kids made me feel so happy. I feel like I’ve lost an old friend.

ANONYMOUS, via philadelphiaweekly.com

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