PRINT March 1997




To the Editor:

While I have no reason to object to the sarcastic and disparaging tone of Andrew Hultkrans’ coverage of “Chance” [“Crap Shoot,” January]—Artforum columnists are baaad!—I’m moved to reply to the sexist and racist elements of his badness.

Diana di Prima, author of some thirty books of poetry and prose, whose new book Autobiography of My Life as a Woman is forthcoming from Penguin this year, is no “relic from another era . . . on display here.” Di Prima’s visionary writings have influenced several generations of women. Her Memoirs of a Beatnik was the earliest manifesto of female transgression. Would Andrew Hultkrans have described Allen Ginsberg in this way?

Second, I don’t understand why American Indian activist Calvin Meyers should be held to different standards than Jean Baudrillard or Mr. Hultkrans himself. Why is Jean’s $100 win on slots amusing while

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