Ed Driscoll

SIMPLY RED

Martin Amis’ new book, Koba the Dread: Laughter and the Twenty Million has definitely generated some good discussions on Stalin and the Soviet Union. Here’s Andrew Stuttaford’s book review, Andrew Sullivan on The Times and Stalin, James Lileks on Diego Rivera, and Group Captain Lionel Mandrake on communism’s lasting appeal to intellectuals.

Meanwhile, Orrin Judd has a long reader letter and his rebuttal, on the wintry George Orwell, arguably the first neo-conservative. Or the last honest socialist. Or something.