Edmund Wilson on The New Republic
July 01, 1972

During the 1920s Edmund Wilson created for himself a special position in the republic or anarchy of American letters: he became the Sainte-Beuve of a

Choosing Supreme Court Judges
May 02, 1970

What should be the criteria for appointment to the Supreme Court? Judges of the United States Supreme Court are required—the word is dictated even mor

You Wouldn't Believe It
April 25, 1969

In his short stories over the past several years, and in his new novel, John Cheever appears to be almost helplessly carried away by the flood tides o

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

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