PRINT December 1982




To the Editor:

I find the differences between the German and the American positions on my “spaces,” as presented in the essays by Richard Flood and Annelie Pohlen devoted to Documenta 7 (“Wagner’s Head” and “The Dignity of the Thorn,” September 1982), very interesting. It is perhaps not entirely clear to the reader, however, that these differences represent differences in critical approach between a German and an American.

The German position lacks argumentation. Pronouncing sentence without hearing evidence, it is an example of a condemnation confirming to ideological prejudice. The German writer does not give the reader enough information to make possible a decision as to whether the judgments expressed are based on misunderstanding or stupidity, or on observable facts. This is typical of the German intellectual situation, of its positions and discussions in the dire

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