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How tastes differ. Here I experience something in the nature of a private intellectual feast on reading Lewisohn’s articles in The Jewish Daily Bulletin. In my estimation his entrance into the ranks of your regular contributors at once lifted The Bulletin to a new high level of journalistic seriousness and dignity.
And now I learn from the Reader’s Forum of December 9 of the existence of a reader who exalts in the Sport news and the Woman’s page, but who has nothing but dislike, and some vague, disparaging epithets, for the writings of Lewisohn.
This is the more remarkable since that same reader is enthusiastic over Mr. Ziff’s articles, which are also in the general vein of Lewisohn’s ideology, the ideology which holds that the rehabilitation of Jewish individual and group life is conditioned upon a renewed effort on our part to fall back on the wealth of our spiritual, moral and cultural values, as a source from which to draw sustenance for a full, dignified, positive and emotionally normalized Jewish existence.
Mr. Lewisohn’s analytical powers, sharpened by years of practice as an outstanding literary and dramatic critic, and his constructive suggestions find expression in an elegant and trenchant style which delights the reader. Any serious publication would be justified in priding itself on having him as a regular contributor.
Dec. 14, 1934.