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Re: How To Evaluate-Judge-Quantify

Dick Higgins (dhiggins@mhv.net)
Wed, 4 Jun 1997 13:47:58 -0500

>how bizarre of you to assume i was dismissing them. these are some of my
>favorite composers. i hate having people assume that harvard is a perch.
>harvard is a shit-hole.
>
Isn't it incumbent on us to be as clear as possible and not be misunderstood?

Years ago Hans G. Helms, a German poet (who happens to be Jewish) brought
out a book called FAH:M AHNIESGWOW-mainly sound poetry but with passages in
Beat-style English. A copy was sent to a book dealer friend of mine, George
Wittenborn, to see if he would distriubute it here in the USA. George gave
me his copy, saying that he would not have anti-Semitic literature in his
shop. I wrote to Helms about this-and got a furious communication back
protesting George's accusation. Which of the two do you think was right?

I made no assumption, but when you list some of the composers I admire and
put "blah blah blah" before and after, what are you saying?

Dick

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