It is puzzling that obituary notices of Irving Kristol obviously intended to be positive designate him the “Godfather” of neoconservatism. Likening this group of thinkers and writers to a gang of Mafiosi may or may not be accurate; it is certainly not flattering.
The publication of Sontag’s early diaries provides a revelatory look at the self-inventions of the late writer.
Posted on Mar 6, 2009
Norman Birnbaum (born 1926) is a New Yorker educated at Williams College and Harvard. He has taught sociology at the London School of Economics, Oxford University, the University of Strasbourg and Amherst College, and is University Professor Emeritus, Georgetown University Law Center
Birnbaum is a founding editor of the New Left Review, and is a member of the editorial board of The Nation. He advises parties, unions and political groups on both sides of the Atlantic. His most recent book is “After Progress: American Social Reform and European Socialism in the Twentieth Century”; he is currently writing a memoir.