does. He hosted a much-ballyhooed CBSnprogram devoted to Orwell’s vision.nCronkite’s inquiry emphasized the mostnrecent instances of torture, brainwashing,nand technological surveillance ofncitizens by the state, society, and somenless clearly defined but equally sinisternforces. He thiriks that Orwell predictednjust that, and Walter Cronkite, he presumes,nis the supreme and infallible interpreternof those predictions. Naturally,nhe inspects most intensely Chile andnSouth Africa, exemplifying institutionalizedninhumanity with the poky regimesnof El Salvador and pre-1975 South Vietnamnand saying littie about any others.nHe avoids geographical denominations,nbut the images on the TV screen speaknfor themselves, and—as even Mr. Cronkitenis unable to obtain pictures of the injectionsngiven in a Soviet mental hospital,nor of a gulag torture chamber in Kamchatka—^thenimpression conveyed to hisnviewers is unambiguous. Naturally, it isnthis kind of perversion of truth and corruptionnof the ordinary consciousnessnthat Orwell had in mind when he wroten1984. As a result of this vile socioculturalnmechanism, Mr. Cronkite, the embodimentnof the elaborate system of lyingnthrough editorial “omissions” that camenIn the Mailnto be accepted as the paragon of truth,nbecomes the most “trusted” man innAmerica. Thus, incredible as it maynsound to him, he is wasting his time lookingnfor Big Brother in South Korea,nArgentina, or among the multinationalncorporations. All he has to do is look innthe mirror. DnAbracadabranIn a recent article denouncing thenReagan Administration’s opposition tonCuban activities in Grenada, The Nationnlauded the Cubans for their work innbuilding an airfield (suitable for use bynMIG’s) and for their professed commitmentn”to helping the Grenadians” innother fields. As proof positive of Cubanngoodwill. The Nation observes that thencommunists have:neven supplied two magicians, whonturn up regularly at concerts, ralliesnand other afeirs; though their tricksnare rather corny, they delight thenGrenadians, an ingenuous people.nWe agree. The Grenadians will neednall the magic belonging to the comcontinuednon page 48nA Stolen Biography by Szymon Szechter; Nina Karsov; London, England. A delightful satirenabout life in Eastern Europe conveyed in a deadpan style.nContours of a World View by Arthur F. Holmes; Wm. B. Eerdmans; Grand Rapids, MI.nThe world view of the title is Christian; the author hopes that it can overcome the naturalisticnhumanism that he thinks has made a mess of things. Amen.nMapping the Mind by Hunter B. Shirley; Nelson-Hall; Chicago. Curious cartography forncognition.nPsychology’s Occult Doubles: Psychology and the Problem of Pseudoscience bynThomas Hafdy Leahey and Grace Evans Leahey; Nelson-Hall; Chicago. Phrenology, mesmerism,nDianetics, and other highMutin practices brought down to size: subminiature.nThe Tares and tibe Good Grain by T^e Lindbom; Mercer University Press; Macon, GA.nA former Swedish socialist explains that the moral malaise debilitating modem man catmot bencured through government regulatory activities, a concept which, of course, makes him somethingnof an outcast in his country.nChronicles of CulturennnLIBERAL CULTURE]nAmenn’throughout the Renaissance, artistsnproved that religious themes—the sufferingnof St. Sebastian, the serenity of thenVirgin Mar)’—are powerftil mediums ft)rnartistic representation. Holl^’wood filmmakers,nmany of whom consider themselvesnto be infused with the spirit ofnLeonardo, never stop proving the enormitynof their pygmyism. They have, fornthe most part, shied away from religiousnthemes or simply botched them. Certainlyntliere was The Song of Bemculette inn1943, but since then it has been all downhill:na few biblical epics, Hcdy I.amarr asnJoan of Arc in 1957, the swingingjesusnChrist, Superstar in 197.3. Most of theirnefforts seem like updated tests for Job.nCasting about for another subject, filmmakersnrecently hit upon a former Sisternof Mercy in Michigan, one Agnes Mansour.n.Ms. Mansour left the order becausenthe Church demanded that she resign hernpost as head of the state’s Department ofnSocial Services. Not only did the archbishopncite the papal order about the separationnof Church and state, but there wasnthe additional mb diat die state agencynprovides financing for abortioas. Thisnstory has everything: papal machinations,nan oppres.sed woman, .sex, etc. Naturally,nMs. Mansour received offers for movienrights to her saga, three offers at last countnStrange, but we have never heard of annAmerican nun who stained victoriouslynagainst the temptations to become a liberalnicon and who received an offer to tellnher story to moviegoers. Dn