Chronicles Magazine May 1987

Thrice-Told Tales

Politics and tale-telling are virtually inseparable activities. Great political events—wars, rebellions, social crusades—do not exert their full measure of influence until they are whittled into legends.

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    Some Thoughts on Being A Writer

    I do not really know how I became a writer. I can give certain dates and certain facts about my career. But the process itself remains mysterious. It is mysterious, for instance, that the ambition should have come first, and that this ambition...

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    Visionary Fiction

    Susan had set up the ironing board in the kitchen and upended the iron there while she sprinkled her blouse. I could not detect the heat waves rising from the face of the iron, but the morning sun showed them clearly on the refrigerator door,...

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    Empire Strikes Back

    During his discussion of the overthrow of feudalism by the bourgeoisie in his classic Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy, Joseph Schumpeter asked whether "in the end such complete emancipation was good for the bourgeois and his world."

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    On the Road Again

    It is a signal of things to come that Gerard Thomas Straub opens his book Salvation for Sale: An Insider's View of Pat Robertson's Ministry with a list of quotations that begins with Miguel de Unamuno and winds up with Woody Allen.

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