This month marks the thirtieth anniversary of the founding of The New York Review of Books, and to mark the occasion the journal has published an appropriately titled First Anthology drawn from its pages (345 pages, $27.50). From its very first issue, the Review has been the voice of the Left-liberal establishment in this country. Hence it was to be expected that its anthology would be crammed with certain famous names, and the editors have not disappointed us in this regard. Hannah Arendt, W. H. Auden, Isaiah Berlin, Joseph Brodsky, Bruce Chatwin, Joan Didion, Richard Ellmann, Robert Hughes, Robert Lowell, Dwight Macdonald, V. S. Pritchett, Susan Sontag, Igor Stravinsky, Gore Vidal—these are the names, and the kind of names, that we have come to expect in The New York Review, and in this respect, at least, this First Anthology accurately represents the fetching combination of high seriousness, intellectual celebr ...