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An attorney who helped to win landmark decisions against censorship in the 1960s presents some tough but fair-minded means of dealing with the flood of printed and filmed material that abuses the young and assaults our privacy.
Castro faces his country's difficulties
“Art makes no laws, only very difficult complicated suggestions,” says John Gardner, author of the recent October Light and five earlier novels. Born in 1933, Gardner grew up on a farm near Batavia, New York, and was educated at Washington University in St. Louis and at the State University of Iowa. He is married and the father of two children. A teacher and a scholar specializing in medieval literature, he has been teaching at both Skidmore and Bennington colleges this year. He was interviewed during a visit to Lexington, Kentucky, for the premier of Rumpelstiltskin, an opera for which he wrote the libretto.
“Everything you see in this country the white man built,” says one of the 270,000 whites who live among 6.5 million blacks, “. . . and I’m not going to let any blighter take it.” But the country young Cecil Rhodes began settling fewer than 90 years ago has become a land in limbo. White Rhodesians are ostracized by international society, harassed by guerrillas, and caught in what seems to many to be inexorable pressure to surrender that bountiful country to the black majority.
In which the hero is tested.
The view from the Acropolis today is clouded with industrial pollution, and the poisonous air is eating away at some of the world’s most impressive buildings.