In the Country of the Other  

The legacy is invariable—a brief pang of guilt followed by overwhelming relief at my own escape from the northeast Bronx. I come off the Henry Hudson Parkway and where the traffic light flags me down, at the pocked and rutted …



The Native Imagination  

Alfred Kazin’s new book is one of those largescale thematic studies in which a prominent critic offers a summing-up of American literary culture. Both the book’s approach and its thesis are closely related to what used to be called “wisdom …



A First-Rate Political Novel  

BURGER’S DAUGHTER, by Nadine Gordimer. New York: Viking Press. 361 pp. $10.95. One approaches novels that have been as highly praised as Nadine Gordimer’s Burger’s Daughter with a certain caution. About one-fourth of the way into the novel, however, all …



Silent in the Supermarket  

One talks to these retired garment workers, these small, stooped men and women. They have aged as they have been used. Time is supposed to weather, not crumble. Things are not supposed to take the place of people. But I …



No Jokes, No Mind  

WHEN I CAME TO SEE Mike Nichols’s film version of Joseph Heller’s Catch-22, the lines on both sides of the Sutton Theater were already long. There are, apparently, a large number of New Yorkers willing to spend $3.50 for a …