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William Phillips

William Phillips

A Symposium COMMENTARY recently sent the following inquiry to a number of American intellectuals of varying political views: The 80’s are more and more coming to be characterized...

Never, perhaps, has criticism of the state of Israel by American Jews been so open, so widespread, and so bitter as it is today. Some of...

Partisan Review was born in the 30’s in the decade that we look back on today with so much curiosity, nostalgia, misunderstanding. It seems so...

With certain issues raised by the presidential elections—but also with a broader context—in mind, COMMENTARY recently addressed the following questions to a group of American...

Football is not only the most popular sport it is the most intellectual one It is in fact, the intellectuals' secret vice Not politics, not...

But is it Good for Literature? In Cold Blood. by Truman Capote. Random House. 343 pp. $5.95. Truman Capote's In Cold Blood is a cross between a detective story...

Fashions of Revolt The New Radicalism in America. by Christopher Lasch. Knopf. 349 pp. $6.95. It is becoming more and more difficult to talk cogently about any kind of...

A specter is haunting modern literature, the specter of avant-garde homosexuality. Some people are thrilled, others frightened, by the morbid prospects. The leading figures of...

For the last two decades almost everyone has been trying to forget what happened in the 30’s; now, suddenly, everyone is trying to remember. Ideas...

“Dr. Zhivago” as a work of literature rather than a topic of the cold war is here discussed by William Phillips. Along with it, he...

Faith, religious and moral, has traditionally been important in American life and culture, but today it is big business, as can be seen from the...

Simone De Beauvoir, whose The Second Sex is now offering us in all the bookstores a compendious highbrow low-down on women, wrote an earlier book,...