Obama On and Off Base  

My object is to defend Barack Obama against attacks on him by what has been his liberal constituency. Again and again he is accused of timidity and excessive caution for not fighting for their agenda. The assumption is that his …







The London Review of Hezbollah  

Critics, mostly though not exclusively European, who hammer away at Israeli misbehavior often show no concern about the dangers that beset Israel. Their one-sided animus verges on scandal. Criticism of Israeli behavior may be justified, but it loses credit when …



Freud’s Time has Passed: Replies  

I am surprised that Frederick Crews acknowledges Freud’s suggestiveness and persuasiveness and his brilliant transmutation of late-Romantic literary culture into “science,” for nothing in his article “The Unknown Freud” (New York Review of Books, November 18, 1993) grants Freud’s work …



Freud on Trial  

Revisionist scholarship on Freud has become a total assault on his achievement. If it were to succeed, virtually nothing would be left to value in his work. What would remain is a view of his legacy as a poison in …





The New York Review: A Close Look  

THE EDITORIAL CREDO of the New York Review of Books, which began publication in February 1963, was what one might expect of a highbrow journal. … Neither time nor space … have been spent on books which are trivial in …