August 2010

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Spectacle Letters Column Guidelines. If you write to me about something you read in the Spectacle, I will assume the letter is for publication. If it is not, please tell me, and I will respect that. If you want the letter published, but without your name attached, I will do so. I will not include your email address unless you ask me to. This is in response to many of you who have expressed concern that spammers are finding your email address here. Flames are an exception. They will be published in full, with name and email address. I have actually had people follow up on a published flame by complaining that they thought they were insulting my ancestry privately. Nope, sorry.

Dear Mr. Wallace:

Thank you for your writing and your honesty.


Dear Mr. Wallace:

I think your work is brilliant and informative. I am a Christian Afro-American, and I have always had a special and deep love for the Jews, whom I consider my bro and sis in the Lord. I never doubted once that the Holocaust didnít happen; no one could ever convince me that it didnít.

May the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob bless you,


Dear Mr. Wallace:

Sy Schectman's column "Casper Milquetoast and the Alpha Female misrepresents the reasons for Larry Summers' firing at Harvard. Schectman writes that Summers "was ousted after with a 'no confidence' vote in 2010 because of the supposed slight to one aspect of feminine intelligence," implying that Summers' remarks led to his firing. In fact he was fired for helping cover up misconduct by a colleague in the economics faculty. Schectman refers to Summers' "somewhat abject and meek apologetic Casper Milquetoast demeanor." In fact, the recent _New Yorker_ profile of Summers depicted him as very aggressive, and as having to work hard while in the Clinton administration to overcome the reputation of an "intellectual bully."

Lindsey Eck
The Corner Oak