Books

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

Justice and the Death Penalty
August 26, 1957

Arthur Koestler has treated his adopted country to a philippic on the one issue on which a continental may rightfully criticize the quality of English

John Milton Muddles Through
May 27, 1957

I don’t enjoy generalizing, unless I can support my argument by practical examples. I assume that almost everyone has read Milton’s L’Allegro, but I,

A Poet Who Cannot Pause
September 17, 1956

The impression I get from the poems and fragments of poems of René Char is that they are parts of something larger, from the same block. There is alwa

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