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Criminals and Culture Makers

In 1970s New York City, urban decay gave birth to graffiti culture, an act of defiance and self-affirmation that terrified the middle classes. But today, “street art,” if anything, symbolizes gentrification. {…}

By L. E. Neal
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A New Agenda for American Families and the Economy

Too often, so-called women’s economic issues appear as an afterthought, rather than as fundamental to family economic security and the economy overall. {…}

By Heather Boushey

Vanished Writer, Vanished Book

…I cannot write otherwise than I do write. I am unable to, and I will not, even though I should want to violate myself; there is a literary law which makes it impossible to violate a literary talent—even with your … {…}

By Harvey Swados

On Literary Criticism and Political Action

It was a pleasure to read Lawrence W. Hyman’s statement: “It is not a moral direction that we must look for in literature but a disturbance.” Hyman provides an exciting way for handling moralistic objections—from Left and Right—that art is … {…}

By Jim Swan
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Radical Linguistics in an Age of Extinction

In the future of the world’s languages, irreplaceable sources of radical possibility are at stake. {…}

By Ross Perlin

Literature and Political Action

For the past twenty years or so, the study of literature has been dominated by formal analysis. We have been told to examine carefully the structure, imagery, and tone of a literary work, so that we can see the novel … {…}

By Lawrence Hyman

Apropos In Cold Blood

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote New York: Random House 343 pp. $5.95. Truman Capote’s meticulous story of a quadruple murder on the Kansas plain, its instant success, and some of the critical reactions to it raise a number of … {…}

By George Eckstein

A Critic of Literature and Politics

Writers and Politics by Conor Cruise O’Brien New York, Pantheon. 259 pp. $4.95. Conor Cruise O’Brien, at least on the international scene the radical-liberal intellectual par excellence, has recently published a new collection of articles and speeches, Writers and Politics. … {…}

By Robert Boyers

So Who’s Not Mad? : On Marat/Sade and Nihilism

It was Susan Sontag, I think, who first pointed up the extreme theatricality of Marat/Sade. Susan Sontag was right, Marat/Sade is theatrical. Is the play dramatic, though? About this there seems to be some question in even Miss Sontag’s mind. … {…}

By Lionel Abel

“What is Literature?”: An Open Letter to Jean-Paul Sartre

Dear Sartre: May I take public issue with you for the claims you make in “What is Literature?” You claim literary importance, even preeminence, for socially committed, or “responsible” writing; you claim also that anyone who happens to be unprejudiced … {…}

By Lionel Abel
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