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."
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