The Figures of Dissent
Like many of the subscribers to this journal, I have bought it since it first came out. For many years, of course, the latest number has arrived in its tidy polythene wrapper through the post but, in 1960, just having left Cambridge and fired by David Holbrook and Denys Thompson and the last chapter of Culture and Society to turn English literature into the politics of secondary-school classrooms, I rushed to buy New Left Review across Hudson’s counter in New Street, Birmingham. The new reasoners had dissolved into the newer culturalists, and the thrill of politics ran as keenly through Humphrey Littleton’s jazz cellar as through the daring new coffee you could buy in the darkness of the Partisan espresso bar.
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