We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
There was an interesting interplay between Milosz and Pablo Neruda, both Nobel Prize-winning poets. In The Captive Mind, Milosz wrote that Neruda knew Latin America well, but didn't know the Soviet bloc very well. Here is the background for that statement. Neruda and Milosz met in Paris when both were diplomats. After Milosz left his diplomatic post and "defected" to the West, Neruda wrote a denunciation of him that was published in France. (most likely in L'Humanite, the French Communist party paper.)Hudson Review: Neruda’s Voice.
Neruda even slandered his friend Czesław Miłosz, who had left Poland for France, “in an article entitled ‘The Man Who Ran Away,’ naming Miłosz. . . ‘an agent of American imperialism.’” Years later, Neruda remained incapable of understanding what he had done:
Hudson Review quotes Eisner's biography of Neruda.
A decade and a half after Neruda wrote his denunciation of his former friend, the two saw each other at the 1966 PEN Conference in New York. Neruda saw Miłosz across the room, cried, “Czesław!” and rushed to embrace him. Miłosz turned his face away and Neruda said, “But, Czesław, that was politics.”
I have an autographed copy of Milos'z Nobel Prize speech. My reading of him has pretty much been limited to that speech and The Captive Mind. Similarly, I am more interested in Neruda's politics than in his poetry.(Neruda's s eulogy of Stalin is left out of most anthologies, though it is available online.
"The Captive Mind" is an exceptional book and should be required reading in high schools and colleges, especially today. (Sadly, 99 percent of today's youth would be completely ignorant of the historical context for and significance of the basis for Milosz's brilliant work.). Thanks for bringing it to your audience's attention.