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Can a high quality be maintained in our medical services if, as many believe, they must be vastly enlarged by government aid? OSLER L. PETERSON, M.D., spent six years in Europe as a staff member of the Rockefeller Foundation, studying the various government-supported health services, and is now a visiting lecturer at the Harvard Medical School.
Readers of these pages may recall J. Frank Dobie's Texas stories of pet rattlesnakes and "cold-nosed" hounds, but his twenty-five year-old cow is apparently intended as fact, not fancy
R. P. LISTER is an English free lance whose poetry and light, art ides appear frequently in the ATLANTIC.
Author and teacher, two of whose novels, THE MAX WHO WAS NOT WITH ITand THE OPTIMIST, hare been published under the Atlantic—Litlle, Brown imprint, HERBERT GOLD here discusses the tone and the themes which he believes will characterize the fiction of the coming decade.
“I live and write by the faith that the world is full of magnificence which only compassion and imagination can discover and celebrate, says JACK LUDWIG.Mr. Ludwig, who has been writing seriously for the past eight years, is a Canadian by birth and graduated from the University of Manitoba. He now teaches at the University of Minnesota and coedits a new magazine of creative writing,THE NOBLE SAVAGE.
New Orleans is home to SHIRLEY ANN GRAU; her two grandmothers were of mixed French and Spanish blood; and to this colorful background she naturally returns for the source material for her novels and short stories. Alfred A. Knopf published her first book, THE BLACK PRINCE, in 1955 when she was just twentyjive years old, and since then editors and readers hare regarded her as a writer to watch. The best of her work has been reprinted in the O. Henry and Martha Foley collections. She has just fin ished a new novel.
PAUL BROOKS,editor in chief of Houghton Mifflin Company, has written previously for the ATLANTIC about wilderness areas tn which he and his wife hare traveled during their holidays and whose preservation is one of his chief concerns. He has visited the Quetico-Superior canoe country, the Olympics, and the Great Smoky Mountains, and here he describes Isle Royale in Lake Superior.
“I feel qualified to write about supermarkets,”writesDAVID S. SALSBURO, “ since my firm supplies packaged frozen meals to them and since I once spent over an hour in one, looking for the bicarbonate of soda. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania who spent three years in the U.S. Navy on destroyer duty during the Korean War, Mr. Salsbury operates a small wholesale frozen-meat business in Connecticut.
No politician or statesman ever makes a mistake any more, no matter how completely his plan may he reversed in the event. This circumstance leads JOHN KENNETH GALBRAITH, Harvard econom ist, to bring forth a new term, the “wordfact.”"It means,”he explains, “that to say that something exists is a substitute for its existence. And to say that something trill happen is as good as haring it happen.”Mr. Galbraith is the author of THE AFFLUENT SOCIETY and THE LIBERAL HOUR.
A native of Colorado, a graduate of Harvard in the classof 1949, and a Fulbright scholar at Cambridge University, PETER DAVISON joined our editorial staff after making a distinguished record at Harcourt, Brace and at Harvard University Press. In his leisure time Mr. Davison writes poetry of his own. some of which has appeared in the ATLANTIC. We have asked him to appraise the new books of verse which have recently been published.
A combination of radio commercials and poems prompted these suggestions from MARGAKET WATKUMAN, who teaches at Western Reserve University.