Editor’s Notes

The pen is mightier than the sword
. . . it just takes a little longer

I’m proud to announce that we have an exciting new columnist. Joe Average is his name and from time to time he’ll put down his lunch bucket and speak his mind. Look for him under head:

Don’t take it personally . . .

The personal opinions of Joe Average

Ayn Rand and Doris Lessing were two writers who had considerable influence on those who in the 20th century were stimulated by the world of ideas. Ayn Rand has been described as both the Guru of Greed and a clear-thinking realist; Doris Lessing as Too Red to be Read and later as a turncoat anti-communist. You will find more about both below including reference to the fact that Thursday, October 11, novelist Doris Lessing was awarded the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature. Journalist Christopher Hitchens weighs in on the fact Lessing was given the award while she was still alive. A New York Times op ed piece provides us with comment on the use of language in Doris Lessing’s own words.


Behind the façade of the most hardnosed, cynical newshound lives a romantic heart for journalism. A hostess of a high society standup for charity cornered an unhappy reporter fuming over his assignment because he’d rather be chasing cops and robbers. or exposing corruption. “I understand you’re a newspaper man,” she said. “You must meet such interesting people.”

“Yeah,” he said, “and they’re all in the newspaper business.”

All natural-born journalists grieve as a personal loss when a newspaper dies and they glow with pride of possession when a new one is born. In this issue we have two reports on one of the world’s newest newspapers. The Moscow Times, which to the best of my knowledge, is funded by The New York Times. Founding a new English-language newspaper in the Russian capital while the Soviet Union was breaking up and being replaced by who knew what was an exciting adventure. Please read below.

Russian archives exhibit sheds new light on history

Needless to say, a picture can be worth a thousand words. So we move to St. Petersburg, Russia, where a new exhibition by Russia's Federal Archives aims to challenge conventional views on the events of 1917. Here we have written words supported by sketches, drawings, and paintings surrounding the fall of Czar Nicholas 11 and the success of Lenin and his Bolshevik revolution. Credit is given Soviet archivists who took great pains to preserve documents that show the contesting individuals warts and all, as they say.

Looking forward

Carl Dow
Editor and Publisher
True North Perspective