Make it with the author of “Making It”

In a nearby post John notes our coming VIP Live event via Google Hangout this coming Wednesday evening with Norman Podhoretz. We invited Mr. Podhoretz to join us to celebrate the republication of >Making It by New York Review Books in what is essentially a fiftieth anniversary edition as a NYRB Classic last week. Our get-together is scheduled to take place on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. (Eastern), 7:00 p.m. (Central).


Last month I wrote an awed assessment of the book and its republication in the City Journal column “If Making It can make it there.” I added a personal note on the official publication date of the new edition in “The return of Making It.” The New York Review of Books, which trashed Making It upon its original publication, has now posted Terry Teachout’s graceful introduction to the NYRB Classics edition of the book online along with the book’s classic opening pages.

Making It turned out to be the first of what became an autobiographical trilogy in which Mr. Podhoretz presented himself as a case study. Making It (1967) was followed by Breaking Ranks (1979) and Ex-Friends (1999). His fourth and final autobiographical book — My Love Affair With America (2000) — served as a kind of coda to the trilogy. Each of these books makes an invaluable contribution to the history of our times.

I am thrilled that Mr. Podhoretz is scheduled to join us on Wednesday night; he isn’t doing many interviews these days. We request the pleasure of your company if you have signed up as a Power Line VIP. If you haven’t yet signed up, now would be a good time to do so.


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