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To the editor:

Lisa Liebmann apparently wished to solicit my aid in her parochial review of Dave Hickey’s book The Invisible Dragon: Four Essays on Beauty, but the interpretive skills she employs in citing my brief book-jacket blurb are as strained as those she brought to bear in dismissing most of Hickey’s exceptional text.

For having extolled his “immensely important little book,” I am told by Liebmann’s review that I have displayed “the faintest punitive streak.” While I try my best not to be faint whenever I mean to be punitive, my unconscious slap is apparently to be found in having described the book as “little.” At 64 pages, it does seem little to me. But then, perhaps my sense of proportion is skewed by living Way Out Here in the Wide Open Spaces of the Wild West. In this expansive context, many things look small.

Liebmann, from her perch on West 53rd Street, has looked uptown, looked

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