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The Consummate Letter

July 07, 1985

Editor:

Is there any hope you coulld simply declare by fiat that this letter is the consummation of all color cover registration / book-review-orientation / lookalike letters, ban any such future letters, and finally move on to some controversy with import --like how to decide whether Hilburn's latest review of X was fair, a matter that will certainly concern future musicologists long after such other lesser musicians of the 20th century as Igor Stravinsky are forgotten!

Polemically yours,

John Cookston

Brentwood P.S. The Times style manual is wrong in endorsing plural verbs with"none". Since "none" is a contraction for "not one", it must always be constructed in the singular, as in, "None (not one) of these controversies is worth continuing.

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