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New International, July 1948

 

Memo

 

From The New International, Vol. XIV No. 5, July 1948, p. 130.
Transcribed & marked up by Einde O’Callaghan for ETOL.

 

As we mentioned last month, the NI skips the months of May and June in accordance with its post-office registration, and so this issue is dated July ... At the same time the deal cooked up by our business manager, Paul Bern, has gone through and we appear this month in slightly smaller format ... In these days of constantly rising printing costs, the new setup means a comparatively tremendous reduction in costs for us ...

Also mentioned last month was the fact that the smaller format somewhat reduces the word capacity of our 32 pages ... Now, in this issue we’ve made up for that to an extent by using more eight-point type than usual (that’s the smaller of the two type sizes we use, run in three columns) ... If you object to that, we’d really like you to write in and grumble about it, so we’ll know ...

We’d like to say a word about Comrade Rudzienski’s article in this issue ... Not for the purpose of giving it a boost, since that isn’t necessary for readers who have followed Rudzienski’s work ... But to point out that his studies of the Eastern European picture in its historical context have been among the outstanding contributions to Marxist scholarship in recent years ... A book by Rudzienski on the Polish question is now in the process of being translated, and is looking for a publisher ...

James T. Farrell’s series on Connolly skips this month ... It couldn’t be completed in time because of the pressure of other work, especially the important case against police censorship of the Studs Lonigan novels in Philadelphia, in which Farrell and his publishers are involved.

Some notes on coming issues: Two articles on further aspects of the Marshall Plan are scheduled (see page 143) ... While Labor Action has been discussing the politics of the Marshall Plan, the NI will concentrate on presenting solidly factual and analytical studies of the economic ramifications of the plan – naturally, a necessary foundation for political inquiry ... Ted Enright’s article on the new book by Charles Beard, exposing Roosevelt’s war drive up to Pearl Harbor, comes next month for sure ... Also a new contribution by Robert Stone of South Africa on the pattern of native segregation, a follow-up on the interesting South African series that appeared last year ...

Max Shachtman, national secretary of the Workers Party who has been in Europe for several months, is reporting on the political picture of the Continent this June 25 in New York ... According to present plans his speech will be carried, in whole or part, in the next issue ...

Just a spot of business: How about getting a subscription to the NI from your city or college library, if it isn’t being carried now? ... Or donate a subscription to such a library ... Getting the NI into your public library comes under the head of civic improvements ...

 
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