Wendy Shearn just pointed out to me a short literary review by Christopher Hitchens of a new Marx biography: "Marx 'Das Kapital': a Biography" by Francis Wheen. Hitchens' review appears in the April '09 issue of the Atlantic. It is full of name droppings of Heidegger, Duhring, Lasalle, Michelthwaite, Woolridge, Bahro, Hilferding, Schumpeter, and others whose mention means nothing to me. However, I understand them to be serious persons of importance and they did and are all talking about Marx as having had, and continuing to have vibrancy and relevance to our modern world. We learn, for example, that John Cassidy, in an essay in The New Yorker in 1997 suggested that Marx may yet turn out to be the next important thinker for the 21st Century.
. . . with that, I'll keep on reading!