Thursday, September 03, 2015

Black and white and red all over?

I've written before about the improbable tactics adopted and unlikely alliances forged by the CIA during the Cold War, in terms of their covert sponsorship of Abstract Expressionists openly critical of capitalism. So it doesn't come as quite so much of a surprise to learn that the organisation actually went so far as to fund literary magazines that appealed to socialists around the world, as a way of giving voice to anti-Communist sentiments in a non-reactionary context. Patrick Iber of the AWL has appraised seven of the most significant, including the Paris Review and Encounter.

(Thanks to Simon for the link.)

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