Walter G. Moss: What I like about the Russian writers’ fiction is not so much that they tell me how to live, but that they struggle with this and other important questions and therefore encourage readers to so struggle.
Walter Moss: Lincoln was not as bad as Andrew Jackson, who presided over the Indian Removal Act (1830) and other policies that led to deaths of thousands of Native Americans–susceptibility to white men’s diseases had earlier been an even bigger killer.
Walter G. Moss: The thought that love is also hell ends the novel’s reflections on the complexity of love. But the “miracle” of the crimson flower discovered in a miserable Japanese POW camp in Thailand speaks to the transcendent power of beauty.
Walter G. Moss: The duel between Benedict and Francis, regardless of how well the film reflects complex reality, is important, and not only for religious reasons. It is important because it challenges us to consider how best to approach and live our lives.
Walter G. Moss: Both Sandburg and Berry have combined their empathy for common workers with strong criticism of capitalist flaws–Sandburg was a pre-World-War-I socialist.