Chronicles Magazine REVIEWS

Socialist Realism from Giotto to Warhol

In the 1960’s, a fashionable subject of conversation among the Russian intelligentsia was Mikhail Sholokhov’s plagiarism. Sholokhov, it was alleged, had found the manuscript of And Quiet Flows the Don among the personal effects of a...

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    Talking Person

    Most political junkies in the United States are at least marginally familiar with Chris Matthews. The dustjacket of his most recent book—with a goofy, grinning Matthews in suit and tie superimposed over an image of the Capital dome—is meant to...

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    A Fine Excess

    The author of these various pieces can truly claim that he has lived “a writing life.” George Garrett has been working—successfully—for decades as a novelist and short-story writer, as a poet, playwright, and essayist, and as an editor and satirist.

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  • IN THE DARK

    Beat the Clock

    I have no idea whether Oscar Wilde took an interest in America’s national pastime, but I have little doubt that Disney’s new baseball film, The Rookie, would have intrigued him. It palpably confirms his contention that life imitates art.

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