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03/18/2006

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Jonathan Mayhew

When he says "Safire's devotion to the arts is certainly genuine," I have to wonder: Is this devotion to the arts backed up by anything? Is it a devotion to art or to the idea of "the arts." Saying vegetables are part of a healthy diet is not the same thing as truly loving vegetables. That instrumental view of "the arts" reminds me of someone urging a child to eat green vegetables for the health benefits.

R A Rubin

At beginning of 20th Century, Academia schooled pupils only in "Classics," works that stood the test of time, a 100 years perhaps.

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