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A former Iowan, now retired in Hartsdale, New York, WEARE HOLBROOK was the creator of the comic supplement feature “Clarence” for the New York HERALD TRIBUNE syndicate.
Automation may soon make strikes obsolete, but in the meantime, our society must develop safeguards against the crippling consequences of labor walkouts, such as the recent strikes of transit workers, printers, steelworkers, and longshoremen. A. H. Raskin, for several years labor editor of the Yew York TIMES, examines the breakdown of traditional labor-management mediation techniques and suggests some creative alternatives.
by ROBERT COLES, M.D. “You’d think Negroes were the only people in America that have a tough time,”a resentful thirty-year-old Northern mother complained to Dr. Coles, a psychiatrist in the Harvard University Health Services, in the course of his research into the day-to-day realities of race relations. He found little ground for the smugness Northerners frequently display when they talk of integration and the South. To accompany this broad look at workings of prejudice in the big cities of the North, the ATLANTIC presents on page 58 a profile of a white Northern politician in action.
While its Negro minority is small, as big Northern cities go, Boston is at an impasse in the struggle to provide education of equal quality for all its children. One of the formidable figures in the struggle is the woman described here by PEGGY LAMSON, a playwright, novelist, and free-lance journalist. Mrs. Lamson interviewed many Bostonians and spent several hours with Mrs. Hicks in fireparing this portrait of a white Northerner in action.
Born in Riga, Latvia, James Feller has been the boy conductor of a touring family orchestra, a caretaker of a sheep ranch, a service station attendant, and a letter carrier. He teaches English at Foothill College in California, and is at work on a novel.
The most outspoken critic of modern psychiatric methods is Thomas S. Szasz, a practicing psychoanalyst and author of several controversial books about the practices of his colleagues. Edwin M. Schur, a sociologist and Yale-trained lawyer, who teaches at Tufts University, assesses Dr. Szasz's criticisms, including the charge that many psychiatrists willfully abuse the constitutional rights of their patients. Mr. Schur is the author of CRIME WITHOUT VICTIMS and other books.
For the many years since McCarlhyism drove government thinkers into resignation or hibernation, there has been little gainful debate about American policy toward Red China. Bat now there is definite if still timid willingness in Washington to think about how to persuade Peking into reasonable adjustment with the rest of the world. In this essay, JOHN K. FAIRBANK, director of Harvard’s Asian Research Center, elaborates on his testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and suggests directions the planners should pursue.
The news and the literary establishment are talking about “nonfiction novels" and “parajournalism,” but Dan Wakefield finds such labels to be little more than Wolfe’s clothing disguising familiar old sheep. An accomplished journalist and author whose latest book, BETWEEN THE LINES, is reviewed on page 138, Mr. Wakefield here speaks out for the first person singular and individual involvement as the ingredients which can elevate the craft of reporting to an art.
N. J. Berrill, a zoologist now leaching at Swarthmore, is the author of several hooks, including JOURNEY INTO WONDER, SEX AND THE NATURE OF THINGS,and MAN’S EMERGING MIND.Here he discusses the similarities between men and monkeys, and the new evidence that the apes are our contemporaries, not our ancestors.
For nearly half a century, Malcolm Cowley has adorned the American literary scene as critic, poel, and literary historian. William Faulkner was being little read by his own countrymen in the early 1940s when the two initiated a correspondence that was to produce THE PORTABLE FAULKNERand to provide Faulkner's own illumination of his finest works. The account of that relationship is drawn from THE FAULKNER-COWLEY FILE,to be published next month by Viking.