The Solzhenitsyn Factor

What does it say about the state of American literacy that it’s taken this deep into the “cross in the dirt” controversy for the fact that this anecdote doesn’t actually appear in any of Solzhenitsyn’s writings to come to light? Instead of something Solzhenitsyn wrote, this is just something that Chuck Colson once falsely attributed to Solzhenitsyn. The recent controversy, meanwhile, seems to demonstrate that not nearly as many people have read The Gulag Archipelago as would like you to believe (including, it would seem, McCain himself).