I read with interest and dismay the interview with Mortimer J. Adler on the "Great Books" list revision ("A Curmudgeon Stands His Ground," Dec. 3).
The crux of the matter, it seems to me, is not the inclusion of books in lists, but the inclusion of culture, thought, and quality of character in people.
Adler is represented in your interview as an insufferable, arrogant, bigoted pedant. If people become like him after a lifetime of reading the classics, I say let us do away with the classics.
Great books are not an academic football with which to score points against other book listers with different priorities. They are not a popularity contest for competing cultures. They are literature. They are to be read.