boundary 2 28:3, 2001. Copyright Â© 2001 by Duke University Press. these as student readers: symbolically, as children, eavesdropping at the far end of the long dining room, bafï¬ed and excited all at once. Hereâs Cynthia Ozick, as a New York University freshman in Washington Square, 1946: ââAttached to a candy store, the newsstand. Copies of Partisan Review : the table of the gods. Jean Stafford, Mary McCarthy, Elizabeth Hardwick, Irving Howe, Delmore Schwartz, Alfred Kazin . . . I donât know a single one of these names, but I feel their small conï¬agration ï¬aming in the gray street: the succulent hotness of their promise. I mean to penetrate every one of them.ââ The little magazines were scorching hot back then. Noses pressed against breath-fogged shop windows, sweaty palms reached out, hoarded nickels rang on the counterâand to buy not just Partisan but also Commentary, the Kenyon Review, and the Journal of the History of Ideas. Eventually, students and readers grew up. They became writers. Often they started out by playing both roles at once, as reviewers. Wilson in the twenties, McCarthy and Kazin in the thirties, Sontag in the sixties: Each in turn left the Kindertisch, joined
boundary 2: an international journal of literature and culture – Duke University Press
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