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July 10, 1989
Davis' column skipped over an important point. There are thousands of voices speaking out at any moment about the problems facing America, but once an individual states the need for sweeping change he is likely to be denied access to the media. Intellectuals such as Noam Chomsky or Gore Vidal may get mention as personalities, but to get access to their ideas one has to know their names and look for them in a bookstore. There has been a campaign for the last several months to get a progressive counterpart to William Buckley et al on PBS, but with no results I've ever seen.
May 24, 1998 |
George Seldes (pictured) was cursed with the curse of living in interesting times. The great iconoclast of American journalism, a voice who couldn't be stilled, he did more than cover every major story of the 20th century. He was, as press critic Ben Bagdikian notes, "an incorruptible man," often the only writer willing to present the facts without fear or favor. The inspiration and role model for I.F.
April 8, 2002
Re "Antidote to the Liberal Monotone: Blogging," Commentary, April 4: Where did Norah Vincent get the idea that I think "blogging" is a bad idea? I think Andrew Sullivan's blogging is a bad idea. I can't imagine many people care about his bathroom troubles and his dinner parties. But are exploding toilets and "stomach evacuations" really what blogging is about? A worthwhile blog is one that sticks to topics that are likely to be of interest to significant numbers of people and treats them intelligently and (relatively)
November 2, 1992 |
It may have been a day early for Halloween festivities, but the Kronos Quartet turned Wadsworth Theater into a musical fun house Friday. The new music adventurers brought with them a full bag of sonic tricks and treats. The tight second half began with the world premiere of Jay Cloidt's "Exploded View," a five-part piece for MIDI strings controlling a varied bank of unconventional samples.
March 3, 1993 |
If you had questions about the Kronos phenomenon, many of them could have been answered Monday at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Certainly the impact of the quartet's popularity was immediately apparent in a Bing Theater crowd easily twice the size and probably half the average age of the usual Monday Evening Concert audience.
February 28, 1988 |
I read with interest your review of the I. F. Stone book on Socrates in Sunday's paper (The Book Review, Feb. 14) and want to send you some reactions. I respect Stone and admire his political courage and defiance of the at times less-than-truthful stories put out by the government. First, the main thesis, that the charges or, better, the resentment against Socrates was based on political reasons, is right but has been known for a long time. It appears very clearly in A. E. Taylor's book "Socrates" (1932)
January 3, 1987 |
China's official media Friday published calls for punishment of "enemies" who led a New Year's Day pro-democracy demonstration, and accused the Voice of America of countering government efforts to end student unrest. But students at Peking University, the main participants in illegal, daylong protests that ended before dawn Friday, put up a wallposter accusing China's leaders of failing to understand the nation's youth.
October 18, 2010 |
Robert Scheer is a journalist in the gadfly tradition of Lincoln Steffens, I. F. Stone and Seymour Hersh. His latest book, "The Great American Stickup," blames the "captains of finance" for causing the 2008 "meltdown" of the global economy in the first place and then profiting from the tax dollars that were thrown at the problem ? "a giant hustle that served the richest of the rich," as he puts it, "and left the rest of us holding the bag. " We've been reading Scheer's informed, edgy prose since his days at Ramparts magazine, and his career has included a long stint as a national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times and, more recently, the founding of the website Truthdig.