This is a response to Stewart D. Ikedas April 12 response to my March 29 letter responding to Les Thurstons poem about Daedalus.
OK, I agree I may have been a bit shrill, maybe even a little mean spirited, but Im sick of the attitude that Thurston is encouraging by his poem; that all modern art is trash. Innocence does not excuse irresponsibility. Im sure Les is a fine old fellow, but hes really out of his element in the land of art as well as I would be in the realm of physics. Sure, a joke is a joke, but how many Polish jokes have you heard lately? Sometimes a joke is just in poor taste, and Thurstons joke offended many people in the arts community, and I felt moved to a response. Im sorry you didnt notice my tongue in my cheek and werent able to see my humorous intention beyond the value of what I was saying. I guess we all crank and rant a bit, dont we?
I believe Les would be interested in any response to his work. Im sure his response would be much less petty and insulting than yours was. Advice to Ikeda: Maybe I am in a cubbyhole, but at least I dont make jokes about atoms.
Mark Erik Nielsen,
Technician, Museum of Art