There's an interesting article by Scott Sherman in the current (Feb 2) issue of The Nation magazine, which at least addresses the Paris Review/CIA controversy which the ULA and myself have been covering for some time. (On this blog, on January 7 most recently.) Our prodding since 2005 HAS had some effect in bringing to light this important story.
Sanders still accepts too much at face value. Plimpton's magazine living "on a shoestring" in the 60's? Come on! George himself came from a very wealthy family, and found support for the project from beginning to end from billionaires like Aga Khan to Jean Stein to Drue Heinz. Surely it wasn't THAT expensive to put out a literary journal. (The ULA has cranked out publications with its members all living in poverty or near-poverty.)
Also, the notion that George Plimpton didn't know from the start of his involvement with Paris Review about the CIA connection remains-- given his background-- a ridiculous idea. But if we keep pushing the literary establishment on this and other questions, maybe eventually they'll get it completely right.