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Mystical Militants
February 18, 1966

The young radicals whose personal statements have appeared in The New Republic these past weeks are marvelously, and problematically American. They ar

Biography and the Narrator
March 06, 1965

Biography, says Paul Murray Kendall, is a “showing” of facts, as if they were things on display under glass in a library. He distinctly does not want

Criminalizing Homosexuality
December 11, 1964

Is it not time to redraft a criminal statute first enacted in 1533? And if so, cannot the criminal law draftsmen be helped by those best informed on t

Television—Nothing but Ads
February 09, 1963

Ads almost always exploit the formal possibilities of the TV medium: montage; combinations of photography, graphics, speech, noise, and music; variety

The War Between Adams and Hamilton
January 01, 1962

The Adams Papers: Volumes I through IV, Diary and Autobiography of John Adams L. H. Butterfield, editor (Harvard; $30) The Papers of Alexander Hamilton: Volumes I and II Harold C. Syrett, editor (Columbia; $25) In 1950, when the Princeton University Press brought out the first volumes of Julian Boyd's edition of the Jefferson papers. President Truman asked the National Historical Publications Commission to consider a publication program for other American heroes.

The Queen and I
May 22, 1961

Some three years ago I wrote an article in the Saturday Evening Post on the English Monarchy. It aroused, at the time, a good deal of controversy and

The Supreme Court Observed
December 18, 1960

In the bibliographical essay appended to his excellent book on the Supreme Court and American constitutional law, Mr. McCloskey, Professor of Governme

Faulkner: End of a Road
December 07, 1959

The Mansion By William Faulkner (Random House, $4.75)   The Snopeses have always been there. No sooner did Faulkner come upon his central subject—how the corruption of the homeland, staining its best sons, left them without standards or defense—than Snopesism followed inexorably. Almost anyone can detect the Snopeses, but describing them is very hard. The usual reference to “amorality,” while accurate, is not sufficiently distinctive and by itself does not allow us to place them, as they should be placed, in a historical moment.

The Atheism of Bertrand Russell and Julian Huxley
April 28, 1958

At the age of 86, Russell still boldly declares that, in his opinion, “all the great religions of the world, Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Islam,

The Story Teller's Story
December 08, 1957

I have lately reread the interviews with novelists and short-story writers that have appeared four times a year in The Paris Review. By now there are

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