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On a hot, dusty summer day in 1998, I drove with friends from Smolensk
to the village of Zagor'e to meet Ivan Tvardovsky, a survivor of
Stalin's forced-labor camps and the brother of the renown

In his 1998 book, One Nation, After All, Alan Wolfe chided
liberals for their misapprehensions about the political attitudes of
ordinary Americans.

In her new book, Regarding the Pain of Others, Susan Sontag's
focus is upon theaters of war and the way in which photographers have
interpreted their role in the production of images of

In his 1997 song "Highlands," Bob Dylan reports a conversation between
himself and a waitress. "She says, You don't read women authors, do
you?/...

Though still relatively unknown in the English-speaking world, the
Austrian novelist and playwright Thomas Bernhard, who died in 1989 at
the age of 57, is widely recognized as one of the foremo

Bayard Rustin forged a remarkable career as a social activist. Briefly a
member of the Young Communist League, he repudiated communism but
remained a socialist throughout his life.

I'd like to say that I came across the poet Agha Shahid Ali of my own accord, browsing through the shelves of a bookshop or library and taking immediately to his finely structured verse.

This essay, from the August 18, 1945, issue of The Nation, is a special selection from The Nation Digital Archive. If you want to read everything The Nation has ever published on nuclear politics and the global disarmament movement, click here for information on how to acquire individual access to the Archive--an electronic database of every Nation article since 1865.

My mother, a brunette, hurried in her cloth coat
through postwar Sundays, which fell

CORRECTION: The Fisher family
of Six Feet Under is Episcopalian, not Catholic. (10/1)

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