[ilds] Fair enough Lee

Lee Sternthal lalexsternthal at gmail.com
Sat Jun 7 00:05:57 PDT 2014


By all means.  Thanks.  Btw, I think I might be a subscriber for longer; I do believe I joined in its earliest stages, though I've mostly been a silent observer. W -LS



> On Jun 6, 2014, at 4:16 PM, Kennedy Gammage <gammage.kennedy at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> Let’s try to dial this back. I recognized your name – I’ve been on the list for a long time too, maybe not 7 years but at least 5 or 6…
> 
> This has been a nasty flame war, but there have been flare-ups in the past. We can get through this.
> 
> I think I can understand both sides. In my experience most arguments turn out to be based on semantics, or misunderstandings. There is always common ground – like the fact that we are all fans of the writings of Lawrence Durrell.
> 
> We all like the writings – and I think we all like the man. We would like to have a glass of wine with him and chat.
> 
> But of course he also had a dark side – if you’ve read the biographies, or heard stories about him.
> 
> He could be charming – but he could have too much to drink and things could get ugly. I think any of us who drink may wince with bad memories of our own behavior.
> 
> However, things got darker than that sometimes. I’m not talking about incest – because there is no proof it happened, and I don’t think it did. But Durrell could be cruel, and a bad dad – saying ugly things upon occasion.
> 
> No – I’m talking about hitting his wives. As far as I know, according to Bowker and others, this did happen.
> 
> Now, Durrell is not the only beloved artist to do this. All of us have flaws – but this is a bad flaw!
> 
> Maybe I should stop here – just to see if you are on board with me so far. Because if you are, then maybe I can explain a little further the roots of what caused our recent unfortunate dust-up on the listserv. In my opinion.
> 
> Thanks - Ken
> 
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