When students ruled the earth

Writing about 1968 by Christopher Hitchens, Peter Clarke, Anne Carson, Stephanie Burt, D.A.N. Jones, Jeremy Bernstein, Elaine Mokhtefi, Michael Rogin and Jenny Diski.

Memoirs of a Revolutionary

Christopher Hitchens, 4 June 1998

I was just beginning to write about 1968 when I learned of the death in New Orleans of Ron Ridenhour, the GI who exposed the massacre at My Lai. He was only 52, which means that he was in his...

Enoch Powell

Peter Clarke, 7 March 2013

John Enoch Powell was an eminent classical scholar, as his entry in Who’s Who proclaimed: Craven Scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge, 1931; First Chancellor’s Classical Medallist;...

Poem: ‘‘Deer (not a play)’’

Anne Carson, 15 November 2007

SCENE: Sunday. England. Country road. CAST: deer Jimi Hendrix limo driver [Enter deer from woods on right. Stops, stands still on road] DEER: Heart is wild muscle Hum [Limo with JH in back...

Philip K. Dick

Stephanie Burt, 3 July 2008

When an art form or genre once dismissed as kids’ stuff starts to get taken seriously by gatekeepers – by journals, for example, such as the one you are reading now – respect...

When students ruled the earth

D.A.N. Jones, 17 March 1988

Twenty years is a long time in politics. To me, the flavour of the year 1968 is still ‘anti-Fascism’. The meanings of ‘Fascism’ and ‘National Socialism’ are...

Diary: Newton’s Rings

Jeremy Bernstein, 1 April 1999

Stanley Kubrick’s second film, an RKO short that he made when he was 23, was called Flying Padre. It was about the Rev. Fred Stadtmueller, who flew around New Mexico tending his...

Diary: Panthers in Algiers

Elaine Mokhtefi, 1 June 2017

It was June. I remember it very clearly. I can see myself walking down a side street between the Casbah and the European sector of Algiers towards the Victoria, a small, third-rate hotel. I climbed four flights of stairs and knocked. The door opened and there was Eldridge Cleaver, and beyond him, flat out on the bed, his wife, Kathleen, eight months pregnant. The sense of awe I felt that day never left me.

Martin Luther King Jr

Michael Rogin, 10 May 2001

Conceived in slavery and dedicated to the proposition that black men are created unequal, the United States has attempted to come to terms with its longue durée of white supremacy only...

Whatever happened to Ed Victor?

Jenny Diski, 6 July 1995

‘Time! It’s passing. Oh, God. Time!’ mourned the legal adviser to Oz, transfixed by his wristwatch after his first and last joint. Who said nothing profound ever came of smoking...

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