A Toast to Randolph Bourne

Source: Quillette
by Russell Jacoby

“The pandemic has taken from us a bold and gifted writer, just 32 years old — only not this pandemic but the one that swept the world in 1918. The story of Randolph Bourne confirms that history perpetually forgets what it perpetually remembers. Every decade rediscovers Bourne and every decade loses him again. … Why summon Bourne again today? For several reasons. He spoke in a voice as clear as a bell on the issues of his day that turn out to be the issues of our day: militarism, cultural diversity, disabilities.” (07/19/21)