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 …



C. Wright Mills: A Personal Memoir  

I first met C. Wright Mills in 1941 or 1942, when he was a young assistant professor of sociology at the University of Maryland (at that time, at least, a singularly dismal-looking provincial school whose president was one “Curly” Byrd, …



Ben Seligman  

BEN SELIGMAN was an old-fashioned socialist intellectual. The world is full of B”old-fashioned intellectuals” for whom the concept of socialist fraternity has long since lost whatever value it might once have had. And it reverberates to the cries of “socialist …



Vanished Writer, Vanished Book  

FORTY YEARS AGO BORIS PILNYAK was recognized throughout Europe as “one of the giants of the modern novel,” in the words of the dust jacket on his now forgotten The Volga Falls to the Caspian Sea. At this point in …





The Miners: Men Without Work  

They stroll the narrow, shabby streets, chat at the corners, lean against the peeling pillars of the town saloon, the St. Michael Hotel & Restaurant, and they look more like movie actors than real human beings, because something is wrong. …





Exurbia Revisited  

THE EXURBANITES, by A. C. Spectorsky. Lippincott. $3.95. I looked up recently after a sojourn abroad to find that a new word had sneaked into the language while my back was turned, like the 8:55 crawling into the station at …