Chronicles Magazine October 1985

Waiting For the End

In the Gilbert and Sullivan series running currently on PBS, many American television viewers were treated for the first time to a performance of Patience, a masterful satire on the pretensions of aesthetes-the crowd George I described as "boets...

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  • VIEWS

    Bianca and the Commissar

    I was reading at the Periodicals Room of Yale's Sterling Memorial Library the other day. The magazine I happened to pick up was called Soviet Literature, subtitled "A Monthly Journal of the Writers' Union of the U.S.S.R. published in English,...

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  • REVIEWS

    American Idol

    The last sentence in Russell Banks's magnificent novel is surprising in its inevitability: "Go, my book, and help destroy the world as it is." Here is a sentence to conclude a politically radical novel, a story of socially revolutionary purpose.

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  • REVIEWS

    Boredom, Sex, and Murder

    Cracks are appearing in the idol of high culture fabricated by the Victorians. Matthew Arnold eloquently expressed the vision of the educated person who joins moral commitment with breadth of vision and transcends the narrowness of religion and...

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  • REVIEWS

    Grand Designs

    There are many things wrong with this book, beginning with its title. The Liberal Mind is not what this book is about. (Nor were the 1940's and 1950's really a Conservative Ageā€”but let this pass.) It is about the intellection of the New York left.

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