A great paragraph from a recent newsletter from James Emery White of Serious Times:

But perhaps the most telling observation was offered by Andrei V. Valilevsky, editor in chief of Novy Mir, the magazine that published Mr. Solzhenitsyn’s first major work, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, in 1962:  “There is no demand for great people,” he said.  “I can’t say why, but this fact is simply obvious to me.  Famous, notable, popular – yes.  But not great, in the fullest sense of the word.”


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