Steven G. Kellman

Steven G. Kellman is the author of The Restless Ilan Stavans: Outsider on the Inside and American Suite. He teaches at the University of Texas at San Antonio.


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All the Pretty Corpses

All the Pretty Corpses BY STEVEN G. KELLMAN No Country for Old Men By Cormac McCarthy Alfred A. Knopf 320 pages, $24.95 hat is no country for old men,” complains the aging poet. In William Butler Yeats’ “Sailing to Byzantium,” … Read More

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Strom: The Sweet Old Bigot

Strom: The Sweet Old Bigot BY STEVEN G. KELLMAN Strom: The Complicated Personal and Political Life of Strom Thurmond By Jack Bass and Marilyn W. Thompson Public Affairs 368 pages, $27.50 ccording to a poll of Capitol Hill legislators that … Read More

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Back to Vietnam

Back to Vietnam BY STEVEN G. KELLMAN War Movies: Journeys to Vietnam, Scenes and Out-takes By Wayne Karlin Curbstone Press 222 pages, $15. ayne Karlin did not begin to question the justice of the Vietnam War until after he returned … Read More

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Winning the Next War at the Multiplex

Winning the Next War at the Multiplex BY STEVEN G. KELLMAN Operation Hollywood: How the Pentagon Shapes and Censors the Movies By David L. Robb Prometheus Books 384 pages, $28. hen the Department of Education secretly paid a pundit, Armstrong … Read More

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Out of Africa and Into Texas

by Steven G. Kellman

When Peter Kon Dut and Santino Majok Chuor were orphaned by Arab intruders from the north of Sudan, they were forced to grow up quickly and never lost the haunting memory of early, violent deprivation. Peter was only four when … Read More

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Do You Sprechen Spanglish?

Joseph Conrad, who spoke Polish and French long before turning to the language he mastered for fiction, was a connoisseur of weird English. The dense, sometimes unintelligible accent in which he spoke to his monolingual wife, Jessie, was a palimpsest … Read More

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From an Early Graves

by Steven G. Kellman

I write for myself and strangers,” wrote Gertrude Stein. Is there anyone else? Aren’t we all strangers, to others as well as ourselves? John Graves borrows Stein’s line, from the beginning of a chapter in The Making of Americans, and … Read More

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What Al Qaeda did to the movies

It is a truth universally acknowledged that “September 11 changed everything.†Unlike any other numerical combination, even 24/7, 9/11 has entered into the general language as a synonym for irreparable cataclysm. But triangles still contain three angles, Bismarck is still … Read More

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