Richard Kreitner, The Nation Almanac (4)


When Star Wars opened in 1977, Robert Hatch, film reviewer for The Nation magazine, wrote that it "belongs in the sub-basement, or interstellar comic-strip school of science fiction, Terry and the Pirates with astro-drive." Hatch concluded that all in all, Star Wars "is an outrageously successful...compilation of nonsense." The Nation's archivist, Richard Kreitner chose Robert Hatch's review for the May twenty-fifth entry on his daily blog The Almanac which the magazine is publishing to celebrate 150 years of publishing. In this New Books Network journalism podcast, Richard Kreitner discusses events that happened in the last week of May and how The Nation covered them.

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