Chronicles Magazine Foreign Affairs

Western Is as Western Does

"People first, place second," William Faulkner wrote; J. while Ford Madox Ford—whose last book was The March of Literature, described by its author as a survey of world literature from Confucius to Conrad—believed that great writing transcended...

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  • Correspondence

    There and Back Again

    I owe this trip to our secretary, Leann, who kept looking out for low airfares to Europe. Only a few days before she discovered Alitalia's summer half-price sale, I had received another kind invitation to spend a few days at the Centro...

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    The Singer and the Song

    Memory and testimony have kept alive the reputation of Fernando de Lucia, and so have the four hundred recordings that tenor made between 1902 and 1921. His old discs- Gramophone and Typewriters, Fonotipias, and Phonotypes—are among the most...

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  • Cultural Revolutions

    Botched Coup

    The botched coup in the Soviet Union should have been an occasion for somber reflections. For a few days it appeared that U.S. foreign policy, built almost entirely around the person of Mikhail Gorbachev, might be in ruins.

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