Chronicles Magazine REVIEWS

Place of Asylum

The theater is dead, the novel dying, poetry extinct; biography is the province of graveyard ghouls, and history a battleground on which disheveled armies of academic theorists contend with hucksters and prostitutes for the fate of an entire...

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    Dreams of Education

    The possibility of universal literacy lies in our hands. Is it really worth grasping at? The foundations of the liberal arts curriculum were born in enthusiasm and high hopes. To what extent has it outlived its usefulness? What do we want from...

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    Hooked on Socialism

    Norman Podhoretz, in the March 11, 1987, Washington Post, describes Sidney Hook as "one of the most courageous intellectuals of the twentieth century." While this particular description may more aptly be used for Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and others...

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    Cottage Diplomacy

    The premise of Citizen Diplomats by Gale Warner and Michael Shuman, with a foreword by Carl Sagan, is simple: America's elected politicians and professional diplomats have been so inadequate in managing relations with the Soviet Union and coping...

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    Why Tell It Straight?

    In 1920 Matewan was a little town on the western edge of Mingo County, West Virginia, right on the Kentucky border. It was a town owned and run by the Stone Mountain Coal Company, and when the miners tried to bring in the union, the county in...

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