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Re: Baboon errors

Aug 22, 1997 11:45 AM
by Bart Lidofsky

K. Paul Johnson wrote:
> Like Alan, I didn't see any theory about Spiritualism coming to
> the US from England as a significant part of Peter Washington's
> book.  But like Bart I do deplore the factual errors.  It was
> rather insulting to have Frederick Crews announce to the world
> in the New York Review of Books that Washington's take on HPB was
> "cogent" and mine was not, in light of the fact that PW makes
> more than 50 errors on the subject of the Masters in just a
> couple of pages.  He takes Leadbeaterian weirdness about
> Manu, Mahachohan etc. and attributes it all to HPB.  To be
> *that* ignorant of one's title character is really amazing.
> But on other subjects he's amusing, and I recommend the book if
> for no other reason than showing the way HPB appears to a
> particular type of mind.

	Well, he certainly does tell a good joke; I just wish that he didn't
take the attitude not to let the facts get inot the way. As far as
comparison, I happened to LIKE your book, and, at the Quest Bookshop, it
is generally described as a "balanced" look.

	Bart Lidofsky

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