I had planned to let my subscription expire, but your Winter issue was so good that I changed my mind.

I was particularly interested in the correspondence between Irving Howe and Paul Goodman on the family. Apparently both men consider the family important— even if, as in Goodman’s case, only because he is against it. After reading this little interchange, the idea occurred to me how valuable it would be if an entire issue of DISSENT were devoted to an exploration of the family: the “modern family,” and the family as a social institution. I don’t think a discussion of this type has ever been conducted in the pages of an American (socialist) publication. Such a discussion is long overdue for it may be that this one unexamined sector of our social experience is the fly in the ointment.