To the editors.

I read Grant Pick’s article “A Philosopher’s Life” [June 3, 19881 with some trepidation. One never knows how one’s own words, or those of others, will be construed and misconstrued.

In fact, I was generally pleased and touched by what he wrote and how he wrote it. There were two inaccuracies, however, which I feel compelled to comment upon. The first suggests a hilarious image, and “politically incorrect” behavior on my part: namely, that I “warmed up [the Aspen house] with a stuffed crocodile.” On various trips to West Africa, I have collected traditional sculpture, especially from the Bobo area of Burkina Faso. The “stuffed crocodile” is a five-foot long wooden Bobo carving, which I gave to Irving after we got married.

I was also credited with remembering Irving’s recollection of his “father’s ‘big cigars and limousines.'” As a sickly. man, I can’t imagine that he smoked cigars. Rather, what Irving remembered was his father’s cronies coming to the house each night to watch the day’s takes–in their limousines and smoking big cigars.

Deborah Pellow

Syracuse, New York