. . . and More in the New Year

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Traveling to Los Angeles recently, I saw one young woman wearing a Che Guevara shirt and another clutching a handbag decorated with Mao’s face. The high-end toy and gizmos store near my office sells an expensive statue of Joseph Stalin; maybe it’s ironic in intent, but still. In other words, Marxism may have gone down to defeat in history, but as an ideal, as a cultural referent, as something regarded as positive and good and hip, it lives on.

—Brian C. Anderson, from his review of Dan Mahoney’s book, The Other Solzhenitsyn: Telling the Truth About a Misunderstood Writer and Thinker in the latest issue of The New Criterion.

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