You can read my review of Ian McEwan's latest novel, Sweet Tooth, here at PolicyMic. Some sample thoughts about this Cold War-era tale of espionage and novelists:
That world has since disappeared — the world where people paid attention to the political commitments of Leonard Bernstein, and the CIA underwrote exhibitions of Jackson Pollock's canvases. But it clothed art and culture with a political gravity that gave fiction something to fight for, or against. In a climate where nations wielded cultural objects as proxies for machine guns, insisting upon the political autonomy of art was good material.