IN THE REVIEW

Taking the Plunge

Haunts of the Black Masseur: The Swimmer as Hero

by Charles Sprawson
I am not in the athletic sense a keen swimmer, but I am a devoted one. On hot days in the Oxford summer my husband and I usually manage to slip into the Thames a mile or two above Oxford, where the hay in the water meadows is still owned …

The Polish Resistance

What has characterized the situation in Poland over the past year is not so much the country’s grave economic crisis as the increasingly clearer manifestations of the resistance of society against the arbitrary behavior of the authorities. Having arisen and developed from different roots, this resistance is gradually taking on …

Salvation by Words

This is a part of the Blashfield Address delivered to the American Academy of Arts and Letters at its annual ceremonial on May 17. We are told that art is now under attack. Of course it has often been under attack. Tyrants always fear art because tyrants want to mystify …