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Dan Jacobson

Dan Jacobson

There is an ironic contrast between the way we think about adulthood when we are children and how we look back on childhood once we...

No landscapes can be more deceitfully innocent in appearance than those of Lithuania. True, I visited the country in June, at the peak of the...

Aliterary work of any depth arises from experiences which are hard to comprehend and articulate. In the act of composition these are transformed, for the...

It was “Kudu” Kent, the master in charge of Standard Five, who set the pack on me. It was one of his specialties. A handsome,...

On my desk, as I write, is a book of an unfashionable and awkward size. Fourteen inches long and eight inches wide, it has the...

Sickness & Psyche Illness as Metaphor. by Susan Sontag. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 88 pp. $5.95. Are we responsible for the illnesses from which we suffer? Do the most...

The End of the Road Final Entries 1945: The Diaries of Joseph Goebbels. by Richard Barry. Edited and with an introduction by Hugh Trevor-Roper. Putnam. 368 pp. $14.95. Not...

The flight. On the plane from London to Johannesburg there were no fewer than two relations of mine, neither of whom I had ever seen...

Lilith: I think there is more sorrow in the world Than man can bear. Nubian: None can exceed their limit, lady: You either bear or break. —Isaac Rosenberg, The...

In its general outline the story or legend of Theodor Herzl is well-known. Once upon a time there was a Viennese-Jewish dandy and littérateur who...

The Public Platform H. G. Wells: A Biography. by Norman and Jeanne Mackenzie. Simon & Schuster. 447 pp. $10.00. H. G. Wells was the son of a professional cricketer...

Poets, Shelley wrote, are the unacknowledged legislators of the world. The quotation is embarrassingly well known. Few of those who invoke it, however, seem much...