Abigail and Stephan Thernstrom have long been pillars of highbrow
conservatism in America.
As Stevie Smith once wrote, while impersonating God, "I will forgive you
everything,/But what you have done to my Dogs/I will not forgive." About
Dan Rhodes's novel Timoleon Vieta Come Home<
John Coetzee's new book reads like a suicide note.
Is Zionism a failed ideology? This question will strike many people as
absurd on its face.
Clint Eastwood's Mystic River, which opened this year's New York
Film Festival on a somber but resonant note, is perhaps the finest
western ever to be set in South Boston.
Eight of Marianne Moore's major poems were published in The
Nation in the 1940s and '50s, including "The Mind Is an Enchanting
Thing," "In Distrust of Merits" and "A Carriage From Sweden
With each last reverberation from the world of 1960s and '70s
radicalism--the recent parole of Kathy Boudin, for example, a member of
the Weather Underground who served twenty-two years in pris
The hero of The Namesake is an American of Bengali parentage
named Gogol Ganguli.
Philip Roth's novel The Human Stain attracted considerable
attention some years back; it was widely read as a fictionalized version
of literary critic Anatole Broyard's life.