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Letters to and From the Editors
Do Re Mi
Playwright and director, GARSON KANIN began his career as an actor: he gained his experience in production as an assistant to George Abbott and Samuel Goldwyn, and as a director for RKO. In his plays he is a master of dialogue — as anyone who has seen Born Yesterday well knows — and an innovator in his ability to capture the American idiom at any level. In the long story which follows, the narrator, serving time for a pal, has been encouraged by the prison chaplain to write out how it all happened.
The Atlantic Report on the World Today: Washington
The Adversaries of Liberal Democracy
In his new hook, The Public Philosophy, which has just been published, WALTER LIPPMANNhas analyzed the reasons for the drastic impairment of the power to govern which has imperiled the western democracies during the past four decades. He shows that this deterioration began before 1914, that Lord Bryce saw the warning signs in 1920; and he shows how deep-seated the disorder has become since 1938. The great question to which he addresses himself is whether this decline can be checked and to what extent Democracy can renew its strength. This is the second of three excerpts we shall draw, from Mr. Lippmann’s book.
Deer on the Rampage
Thanks to man-made protection, the deer have multiplied in almost every state in the Union to the point where they constitute a national nuisance. What can be done about this is of concern to every conservationist, and especially to those who, like CLARK C. VAN FLEET,live in California where today the deer herds are so much larger than ever the Indians knew. Atlantic anglers will remember Mr. Van Fleet for his graphic and valuable book, Steelhead to a Fly, which was published under the Atlantic-Little, Brown imprint last autumn.
Can We Afford a Guaranteed Wage?
Labor’s next objective is a guaranteed annual wage, a demand which according to LELAND HAZARDof Pittsburgh would be ruinous were it applied across the board to all businesses. A lawyer who has taken an increasing responsibility in business management, a citizen public-minded and outspoken, Mr. Hazard has been General Counsel and Vice President of the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company since 1947, and a moving spirit of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, which has done so much to revitalize the once Smoky City.
The Misbro Tree
“I was educated at the University of Chicago and at Radcliffe, writes FRANCES WEISMILLER. “Since then, aside from tico tear years, I hare trailed my husband around certain literary and academic circles, producing joui children en route. Due to a patented secret process, which we trill explain on receipt of $100,000 cash, two of these are male and two female. With this money we plan to purchase the top of a hill, a Neutra house, six horses, three cons, forty hens, and two iridescent green jaguars. My husband is a poet, a Milton scholar, and a teacher of creative writing. He didn’t write any of this.”
Why Lee Attacked
“Pondering the degree to which accident could overturn the schemes of wise men, Prince Bismarck once concluded that there was a special providence for drunkards, fools, and the United States. Indeed there is much to be said for the argument that America has survived and grown strong by a miraculous streak of luck that, at one turning point after another, has directed fortune its nay A So writes OSCAR HANDLIN, Professor of History at Harvard and author of The Uprooted, which won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1951. This is the fourth in a series of Jive articles drawn from Mr. Handlin’s forthcoming book, which will be published in early spring under the Atlantic-Little, Brown imprint.
An Irish poet, author, and surgeon, OLIVER ST. JOHN GOGARTY r.s a/most as much at home in America as in Ireland. A gay, dynamic figure who pilots his own plane and loves archery, Dr. Gogarty was a fellow student with James Joyce and, so legend has it, the model for Buck Mulligan in Ulysses.During his many years in Dublin he knew well the leading Irish writers such as George Moore, W. B. Yeats, and Lord Dunsany, and shafts of his wit have been cast in many a volume of his affectionate reminiscences.
The Peripatetic Reviewer
Books: The Editors Like
Accent on Living
Style in the Congo
Traveler, writer, and amateur zoologist, ODEN MEEKER is the author of the recently published, book, Report on Africa.
The View From Our Land
A Man of Several Voices
SCOTT CORBETT is a native Missourian now living in East Dennis on Cape Cod. He has written several books, the latest of which is We Chose Cape Cod.
Where the Music Begins
JOHN M. CONLY is a former New York and Washington newspaperman, now editor of High Fidelity Magazine. “They Shall Have Music” is a quarterly feature in the Atlantic.