During the decades that I've been writing this column I've had two self-imposed rules: Never engage in literary feuds, since they are odious and boring; and never defend yourself, here or in a letter to any editor. But I can ask questions. Hence, this response to a statement in the Lutheran Forum Letter (November 1999) that says, "It is hard to think of Marty in any other terms than as an open-faced, bow-tied liberal Protestant." May I exercise more imagination and find it easy to think of Marty in other terms?
"Open-faced," says the dictionary, means "without an upper layer of bread or pastry," and I am that.