It seems fitting to welcome The Nation’s new literary editor, David Marcus, in the same issue that his predecessor, John Palattella, not only tenders his final Books & the Arts section (though he’ll be staying on the masthead as editor at large) but reviews a book [“Shelf Life,” Oct. 10]. I heard John speak a handful of times at our weekly editorial meetings with a clever if unintentional strategy: He pitched his voice so low that we were forced to lean in and really attend to his words. (When Jesse Jackson visited the office recently, his rhetorical strategy was similar, but with an uppercut: Stay low, pull listeners in close, then thump us with punctuation.) John’s review mentions the poet Susan Howe, reminding me that during his tenure as literary editor he published her essay “Vagrancy in the Park” [Oct. 15, 2015]. A line from that essay seems appropriate here: “Words supersede and displace the reality of an object.” John only physically departs The Nation’s headquarters; thankfully, he doesn’t leave. Keep the words coming!
Associate Publisher, Development
new york city
Bern On, Bern Out
Re your recent cover story [“Bernie: The Interview,” Oct. 10]: Bernie Sanders’s “revolution” died the instant he endorsed that reactionary enemy of progressives, Hillary Clinton. Bernie’s role was to play “shepherd,” keeping progressives in the Democratic National Committee’s “flock” and away from Jill Stein and the Greens. From Sandroid to Berned-out
Robert J. Nelson
salt lake city, utah
How did we let this clear-thinking, thoughtful guy slip away? Bang, bang, bang!—he’s on target every time with what’s wrong with our country, plus the solutions he offers are right on, spoken in clear language and with sound understanding. We need Bernie Sanders for president and the super expertise and organizing power of Hillary Clinton—in that order.
With or Without Her