The Brothers Blum
Comment of the Week
Winner gets a free Nextbook Press book appropriate to his or her comment (provided he or she emails me at firstname.lastname@example.org with his or her mailing address).
This week’s winner is “Roy,” who, musing on books critic Adam Kirsch’s review-cum-profile of French ballet impresario René Blum and the fact that Blum was the younger brother of the great wartime prime minister Léon, observed, “I find it extraordinary that in the milieu of early twentieth-century century French politics leaders could spring from families of intellectuals. Prime Minister Raymond Poincaré’s cousin was the legendary mathematician Henri Poincaré. Somehow I can’t imagine that happening in the U.S. these days.” (I have pedantically added the accents aigus.)
Roy receives a copy of Nextbook Press’s Benjamin Disraeli, in whose subject the political leader and the intellectual were joined. Plus, its author is Adam Kirsch.