Posted by Valerie Mc. on March 31, 1998 at 21:31:27:
In response to Your position, written by Myretta on March 31, 1998 at 07:56:02
] Are you advocating that we do read and discuss biography or that we avoid such discussion?
Actually, I wasn't advocating anything, but discussing the difference between the intentions of biographers and their subjects, and the moral issues attending biography. Such questions are less concrete than many considered here, but no less interesting.
] We did not ask that Cyndie refrain from discussing the book with us as we read it. We only asked (perhaps more acerbically than strictly necessary), that she not enter the conversation with a wholesale condemnation of the book until we reach the end of the discussion.
Ah, thank you for the explanation. This form of words is indeed a bit clearer than perhaps some others have been.
] If you believe it is violation of a person's desire for privacy to read biography, perhaps you this particular group read is not for you.
I am very much obliged by your kind solicitude about me; but feel that I can perhaps sustain a part in the discussion as time permits, without more sacrifice of conscience than has been occasioned by reading the material to start with; and with the confident assumption that others will bear with equanamity the expression of interests, feelings, and ideals that may not entirely agree with their own.
- Good grief! ;-p (nfm) Cheryl 00:31:36 4/01/98 (0)
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