Remembering Irving Howe  

Writers sometimes write a little differently after their reputations are made. Some become mandarins in their old age—wise, all too wise. Some let the belt out a few notches and settle into verbosity. A few, at the height of their …



Dialectics of Boxing  

In the late 1950s, Jean-Paul Sartre decided that it was necessary to rethink his entire philosophy. Writing for twenty hours a day, taking amphetamines to spur himself on, Sartre wrote the two enormous volumes of the Critique of Dialectical Reason. …



How Not to Write for Dissent  

The following study (that is, etude) was originally submitted under the title “Strategies of Subversion: Discourse, Desire, and The Other in ‘Gilligan’s Island.’ “—Ens. The hegemonic discourse of postmodernity valorizes modes of expressive and “aesthetic” praxis which preclude any dialogic …



And Just Why Did We Invade Panama?  

Does anyone remember why the United States invaded Panama? The day after the invasion, President Bush supplied his reasons. “The goals of the United States,” he said, “have been to safeguard the lives of Americans, to defend democracy in Panama, …



Glasnost in Eastern Europe  

Lech Walesa says that glasnost makes him uneasy. “In my twenty-five years as an electrician I’ve had to tighten and loosen many screws. When tightening them I’ve broken only one, but I must have broken several hundred in my attempts …



The Banker’s Red Suspenders  

One morning on Broadway I saw a black man approach three young white men. The white men wore business suits; the black man was wrapped in a blanket. As he approached them he put out his hand. But before he …



Of a Veteran  

One night last October my father came home late from a meeting, talked with my mother for a few minutes in the living room, and went up to bed. She says he looked as beautiful as ever. When she came …



The Wrecking Crew  

As soon as Ronald Reagan became president, he set out to deliver private enterprise from the bondage of regulation. As the authors of A Season of Spoils explain, his thoughts on the matter were straightforward: Industrial production results in wealth …