Narrowed perspective?

Author:Clayton, Paul
Position:Letters - Letter to the editor

AS SOMEONE WHO IS GROWING MORE CONSERVATIVE in his old age, a quote from your piece on the book group Dick and the Bibliotarts got me thinking: "We are six rabid Democrats and one Republican. (We do try to let the Republican speak from time to time!)." I know the comment was made in jest, but I think it hints at a troubling trend, namely, that we, literate Americans, are becoming too narrow in our interests and thinking. Is only one perspective, the liberal one, allowed in the world of books? I remember flying off to Germany on an almost--empty Boeing 747 in October 2001 to attend the Frankfurt Book Fair. As I stood in...

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