Books: Radical Intellectuals

"I like [it] because I am a very confused young man. . . ."

"This form of metropolitan provincialism I find particularly loathsome. ..."

These readers' comments are printed in the current issue of a magazine called Partisan Review. In previous issues have appeared comments of another kind, like John Dos Passos' "Best literary magazine in America," and the (London) Criterion'?, rarely awarded adjective, "excellent." Both kinds of opinion are held in literary circles; both suggest the curious resonance of the Partisan Review and the small cluster of radical intellectuals who run it.

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