July 4, 1993 |
Eroticism in 1993 is passionless and approximate. So says Allan Bloom in "Love and Friendship." The most vulgar four-letter word has become an overused comma. Worse yet, contemporary sexual "interfacing" cannot empower art. ("Did Romeo and Juliet have a relationship?" Bloom asks.) Adultery, for Jane Austen, held terrific human resonance. Adultery today is . . . oh, self-expression.
September 6, 1987
Your essay on Allan Bloom in The Book Review was the most reflective, informed discussion I have found there in the dozen or so years since coming to Los Angeles. PETER MANNING Los Angeles
March 28, 1993
Although it appeared a few weeks ago, a remark by reviewer Chris Goodrich to the effect that the late Allan Bloom had a "crabbed, elitist view of higher education" still grieves me ("An Aristocracy for Everyone," Jan. 24). If Mr. Goodrich ever met or spoke to Professor Bloom, I'll eat my hat. No one-- no one --who ever met Allan Bloom would ever make such a remark. And his former students could entertain Mr. Goodrich for hours about Bloom's wit, genuine concern for their lives and minds, and his willingness to talk about the very substance (or lack of it)
August 14, 1988
There he goes again ("What's (Teen) Age Got to Do With It?" by Robert Hilburn, July 31). First we get Springsteen-as-God, then a refutation of professor Allan Bloom's argument against rock music as an art form, and now this. Does Hilburn actually mean to tell us that Tiffany and her barely post-pubescent colleagues aren't contributing anything to the music scene? Only difference between this last essay and his others is that this time he did it right. As much as it surprises me to admit it, there's at least one person out here who agrees with Hilburn.
September 27, 1987
Two quick Calendar observations: 1--After finishing reading Lalo Schifrin's stuffy, stilted response (Sept. 20) to David Green's response to Robert Hilburn's article, responding to Allan Bloom's book's response to the cultural changes wrought by rock 'n' roll, I took pen in hand preparing my own response, when suddenly I was struck by a terrifying thought . . . Lalo Schifrin just might be serious. 2--Does anybody else object to the abhorrent overuse of the noun party as a verb, or do I stand alone?
September 6, 1987
Although what you say about the influence of British philosophy ("Allan Bloom As Best Seller," Book Review, August 30) may offer a useful corrective to the view of the role of German philosophy that Allan Bloom sets forth in his book, the account you give of it is not really accurate. By far the greatest influence on American philosophy over the last several decades has been neither specifically British nor German but an international movement that is most commonly referred to as "analytical" or "linguistic" philosophy.