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The Company She Kept

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Once upon a time, a certain kind of fairy tale goes, the most interesting and articulate minds in the world converged in dank Manhattan apartments to debate the merits of literary fiction and Trotskyist politics over cocktails. This is the story of the New York Intellectuals, of the minds and temperaments behind Partisan Review and eventually The New York Review of Books. There isn't any real magic in this bit of cultural history, but there is fairy dust to be found in it all the same. For a certain kind of person in America, the New York Intellectuals had so much: vigorous debate...
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