Dear Editor

Dear Editor For the Record Thank you for Gus Tyler's comprehensive and understanding review of my book, Up 'Til Now (NL, July 13-27). I can object only to two points Tyler makes,...

...I was never an enthusiastic supporter of that bill and was quite ready to oppose it, if organized labor had joined in a real fight as it was...
...New York City Mark Hofman...
...George Mason deserves more credit than I. In any event, the more serious problem with the amendment of '75-'76 was the Power of Legitimacy given to corporate political action committees...
...Second, I think Tyler gives me too much credit for the Supreme Court's ruling on freedom of speech in our case against the Federal Election Law of 1975-76...
...Gaston Rjebora Life vs...
...Any admirer of Impressionism cannot help being depressed again to find Renoir, Cézanne or Degas on the wrong side of the barricade...
...Woodville, Va...
...infighting," as Shapiro reports, it is very much alive and active...
...It has been repeated over and over again that the affair divided France in two, but especially where revered talents are concerned we tend to forget who went in which direction...
...Art Lothar Kahn's review of Enigma: The Life of Knut Hamsun (NL, September 21) rightly points out the major enigma in the life of the Norwegian novelist: his ugly sympathies...
...However, I tremble at the very thought of the ideological sympathies that would be revealed (in France and probably elsewhere) should another such barricade be raised...
...Ergo: the Peronists gained 5 seats in the Chamber of Deputies...
...First, there is his observation about my "unrepentant support for the LandrumGriffin Bill...
...Unfortunately, a lack of correlation between great art and desirable (or at least acceptable) ideological views is quite frequent...
...Cambridge, Mass...
...In the congressional elections held on September 6 its political arm, the Partido Justicialista, made a surprising comeback, winning 41.4 per cent of the votesó4 per cent more than President Raul Alfonsina Radical Party...
...I can object only to two points Tyler makes, both unrelated to the book...
...I think my amendmentóthe one to which I refer in the book, the one John Kennedy said he would support and then opposedówas the only significant pro-labor amendment offered...
...The recently opened fabulous exhibition at the Jewish Museum in New York, "The Dreyfus Affair: Art, Truth and Justice," provides frightfully many instances of this phenomenon...
...Without Hands In his entertaining and at the same time ghoulish story, " Holding (Perón's) Hands in Argentina" (NL, August 10-24), about the stealing of Juan Perón's hands from his crypt, Arthur M. Shapiro suggests that the Peronists might "look like ridiculous political necrophiliacs more involved with the past than with formulating a coherent program for today...
...Eugene J. McCarthy Gus Tyler replies: I'm pleased that Eugene McCarthy confirms that he did vote for the Landrum-Griffin Act, albeit without enthusiasm, and that he did bring the suit, together with William F. Buckley Jr., against the Federal Election Act of 1975-76...
...What George Mason would have done today we do not know, since he died in 1792...
...I got a handful of votes and little or no support for it from labor...
...It is comforting to be reminded that Monet and Pissarro were among the Dreyfusards, that Grieg refused to tour France after the second conviction of Alfred Dreyfus, and that Henry James described the country as being "en décadence...
...The only other alternative to the Radicals, the liberal Union of the Democratic Center, got 5.7 percent of the ballots, but their popularity is limited to Buenos Aires...
...Rather than a vote for the Justicialistas, however, this was an expression of a lack of confidence in Alfonsin's capacity to deal with the growing foreign debt, the galloping (now three-digit) inflation and the resulting continuous strikes...
...Your readers may be interested to know that although the Peronist movement is "torn by vicious The New Leader welcomes comment and criticism on any of its features, but letters should not exceed 300 words...

Vol. 70 • October 1987 • No. 14


 
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