Letters

Cashing In

To the Editor:

I really liked Ron Rosenbaum’s Rosanne Cash piece [“I Got Rosanne Cash’s Black Cadillac Album and Barely Survived,” The Edgy Enthusiast, April 10]. It is quite wonderful that father and daughter could be so far from each other’s stance theologically and still have so much love between them—a lesson for all of us these days.

The pantheistic apocalyptic stuff is also present in mystical Judaism, as I’m sure you know: the notion of the yetzer tov and yetzerhara.

I have always followed Mr. Rosenbaum’s writing, especially what he has written about Bob Dylan. This piece makes me want to run out and get Black Cadillac right away.

Martin Grossman

Portland, Ore.

To the Editor:

I believe Rosanne is saying that her love changes—sometimes she loves like a brother, then perhaps like a son, etc. It eventually cycles back to and through each different type of love. Each type of love is not forever, because it evolves and changes, yet because it will again return, it is never done.

That’s my take, and I’m running with it. As with Dylan or any great literature or art, the meaning and interpretation is up to the beholder. So whatever works for you ….

Nice article, Mr. Rosenbaum. She’ll never marry you though, so move on!

Arthur Berriman

Barrington, R.I.

To the Editor:

Maybe Lucretius couldn’t have come up with it, but, as it happens, Dylan surely could.

José Iujvidin

Buenos Aires, Argentina

A Hate Supreme

To the Editor:

I agree with Joe Conason that Antonin Scalia does not have the judicial temperament to be on the Supreme Court [“So Who Put the Temper in Judicial Temperament?”, April 3]. The classic example is still Bush v. Gore: Justice Scalia intervened in an area of states’ rights where the court clearly had no jurisdiction. Justice is supposed to be blind, but Justice Scalia has demonstrated time and time again that he believes the court exists solely to promote his right-wing political agenda.

Reba Shimansky

Manhattan

Anti-Communist, But Not McCarthyite

To the Editor:

In his review of Tom Wicker’s book on Senator Joseph R. McCarthy [“Harmful Man, Harmful Myth: The Misplaced Liberal Concern,” March 27], Charles Peters holds that Mr. Wicker ignores what he calls “the myth of McCarthyism: the idea that all the charges made by McCarthy and his allies were false.” He goes on to note that “there were real spies—not only Alger Hiss … but Harry Dexter White … Lauchlin Currie … and David Greenglass …. ”

I don’t know whom Mr. Peters has in mind as McCarthy’s allies, but I would point out that the junior Senator from Wisconsin had absolutely nothing to do with exposing or investigating any of these figures. They were exposed by others, including members of the F.B.I. And second, there were more than a few liberal anti-communists—Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. comes to mind—who were aware and highly vocal about the existence of Soviet spies in the U.S. during World War II, long before the Venona decrypts were revealed.

Matt Clark

Manhattan

Charles Peters responds:

I was one of those anti-communist liberals and, of course, am proud of the stand they took, but far too many of our brethren on the left were guilty of habitually minimizing the danger.