A Sort of Moby Dick
March 01, 1969
Early in Portnoy’s Complaint, the hero discovers that he has an undescended testicle. The image sticks in the mind, because one feels that, as a write
Government and the Corporations
July 08, 1967
The New Industrial State by John K. Galbraith (Houghton Mifflin; $6.95) Mr. Galbraith has written an economist’s version of a new constitutional order centering on the relationship of the large corporations to government. The New Industrial State is a tautly written essay, discursive and without mountains of footnotes.
Reporting on Cuba
July 08, 1967
Castro’s Cuba, Cuba’s Fidel by Lee Lockwood (Macmillan, $10) Inconsolable Memories by Edmund Desnoes (New American Library; $4.50) If only because we have had no reports from Cuba for a long time, Lee Lockwood’s book and Edmundo Desnoes’ novel are important. I am speaking of us Americans of course; Europeans go to Cuba and write about it; US-influenced Latin Americans less, but the visits of their leading writers to cultural conferences and their enthusiasm for the Cuban revolution make Havana the cultural capital of the Spanish-speaking world.
China: Is History Repeating Itself?
February 24, 1967
When news from China is totally unforeseen and utterly confusing, your experienced Chi-spert (“China expert”), nothing daunted, falls back on history.
The Brilliant Mr. MacNeice
January 27, 1967
“Brilliant” was I suppose the epithet inevitably applied to Louis MacNeice by his contemporaries at Marlborough School and Oxford University. In his c
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
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.