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Fashion and writers

I suppose I shouldn't find it surprising, but still it does come as a shock to me how quickly once-famous writers are forgotten. Arthur Koestler, for example. I sometimes ask the groups I teach if they have heard of him; no one ever has. And yet, only a quarter of a century ago, his name was familiar to almost everyone as a novelist, journalist, and popular science writer. And his Darkness at Noon was one of the best-known books about the Spanish Civil War.

Actually, it's difficult to think of anyone comparable today. John Gribbin might come close on the science side, but not the rest.

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