Cold Spring, NY
* What led you to give so much space to Danny Postel's attack on the very interesting British writer John Gray, professor at the London School of Economics and author of a dozen books or so? ["Gray's Anatomy," Dec. 22] Postel, a man of no credentials, has an ax to grind but never gets it sharpened.
Postel seems to think he has summed up Gray by saying he is a conservative and guilty of "a right-wing ontology of alterity," whatever that gobbledygook may mean. That doesn't come close to describing him, and it is not, whatever Postel may believe, a sufficient label of condemnation. Gray is, in short, a deep-ecology "collapsist," pessimistic to the core about the human future, and I for one am right with him.
Postel is also absurdly wrong to think that Lovelock's Gaia theory is in disrepute and no longer a useful ecological analysis and to believe it and overpopulation are no longer issues of utmost importance to the environmental movement. He thinks Gray's use of these ideas is "downright embarrassing," but it is The Nation that should be embarrassed.