Book Review: “Stalin’s Letters to Molotov: 1925-1936”

‘STALIN’S LETTERS TO MOLOTOV : 1925 – 1936’ (Edited by Lars T. Lih, Oleg V. Naumov & Oleg V. Khlevniuk) (Published by Yale University Press, New Haven (USA), 1995) Introduction In December 1969, Stalin’s comrade-in-arms Vyacheslav Molotov turned over to the Central Party Archive at the Institute of Marxism-Leninism seventy-nine letters written to him byContinue reading “Book Review: “Stalin’s Letters to Molotov: 1925-1936””

Review of Less Than Zero

Less Than Zero is a novel, or perhaps a very short semi-autobiography, about rich young Americans in college, in Los Angeles. In a word, it’s a much less innocent Catcher In the Rye. Reading this 22,000-word novel (barely longer than a short story) is as easy and as inexplicable as the feeling of gazing outContinue reading “Review of Less Than Zero”

Jello Biafra Cancels Israel Show, Attacks Boycotters

The former lead singer of the Dead Kennedys has pulled out of a planned concert in Tel Aviv this weekend, but says he will still go to Israel. Jello Biafra, who was set to play in Tel Aviv for the first time on July 2 with his band the Guantanamo School of Medicine, said theContinue reading “Jello Biafra Cancels Israel Show, Attacks Boycotters”

TS Eliot rejected George Orwell’s Animal Farm because of its ‘Trotskyite’ politics

TS Eliot refused to publish Animal Farm by George Orwell because of its “Trotskyite” politics, it has been claimed. By Stephen Adams The poet, a former director of the publisher Faber & Faber, made his feelings clear in a rejection letter to Orwell in 1944. Orwell succeeded in having Animal Farm, an allegory on StalinistContinue reading “TS Eliot rejected George Orwell’s Animal Farm because of its ‘Trotskyite’ politics”

Coleridge

Coleridge’s “Frost at Midnight” is a conversational poem that communicates the key concerns of Romantic period poetry while at the same time reinforcing idealized family relationships as a solution to the alienation of man from his own work in the capitalist social order. Continuing the general style of the other “Conversation” poems, it immerses theContinue reading “Coleridge”

About A Certain Newspaper

Newsweek is a weekly newspaper. It has achieved something amazing in its years of existence, in that is has managed to be one of the most widely read and cited papers in the country while undoubtedly being one of the least deserving of such an honor. The substance of the paper is, in form, quiteContinue reading “About A Certain Newspaper”

R.I.P. Ludo Martens

12 March 1946 – 5 June 2011 Ludo Martens, founder of the Workers’ Party of Belgium, author of “Another View of Stalin,” has passed away. Please find below the press statement in which the Party Bureau of the Workers’ Party of Belgium announces the passing away of Ludo Martens, founder and for many years alsoContinue reading “R.I.P. Ludo Martens”

Communist League Book Review: “Molotov Remembers”

COMPASS For Communist League (UK) No 108: October 1993 Book Review: MOLOTOV’S MEMOIRS Albert Resis (Ed.): ‘MOLOTOV REMEMBERS: INSIDE KREMLIN POLITICS’; Chicago; 1993 Vyacheslav Molotov was Stalin’s closest comrade-in-arms, and held for many years very important positions in the Soviet Union. One might have hoped, therefore, that his memoirs would have contained valuable information onContinue reading “Communist League Book Review: “Molotov Remembers””

Thoughts on Postmodernist Attitudes

Kipling, Conrad and Robert Louis Stevenson all address the colonial experience through a hermetically sealed bubble of subjective, individual unreality. Alex Garland in The Beach, Chuck Palahniuk in Fight Club and Bret Easton Ellis in American Psycho all explore the emptiness of bourgeois ideology in modern urban man within this same bubble, frequently arriving atContinue reading “Thoughts on Postmodernist Attitudes”

America’s Laziest Fascist

May 20, 2004 | Michael Savage doesn’t get out much. The hardcore conservative radio host of “The Savage Nation” has always been a relatively reclusive figure. He doesn’t do book tours or publicity stunts. He’s not exactly approachable either: He claims to carry a gun with him at all times, and he doesn’t like nosyContinue reading “America’s Laziest Fascist”