PRINT May 1991


To the editor:

Ida Panicelli and David Frankel, I am addressing this letter to the two of you specifically, because you are jointly responsible for the decision to run Hilton Als’ “Darling: Adrian Piper” in your March 1991 issue. And I am directing it to the public forum of your letters column so that your readers will be fully aware of at least some of the ramifications of that decision. Not that I delude myself that you will print this letter uncensored.

That you have encouraged and rewarded a troubled black writer with money and attention for parading his racial self-hatred and personal problems (“big black baby . . . lost and fat and abandoned, big black lips, flies climbing out of his ass all shit stained . . . ”) across the pages of your magazine, for the titillation of your overwhelmingly white readership, is in itself unspeakably offensive. You have compounded this debacle by allowing

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