A Critical Look at Pop Culture

To the Editor:

Notwithstanding his barely suppressed self-congratulation at having recognized meaningful resonances between Shakespeare and sitcoms, . . . Richard Keller Simon does make a valuable point: that studying the great works of literature provides us with greater insight into popular culture ("Much Ado About Friends: What Pop Culture Offers Literature," Opinion, June 16). Ultimately, in becoming better readers of literature, we become better readers