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Plain People

The Century of the Common Man. That was the phrase Henry Wallace used to describe the world emerging out of the Second World War. Wars do have a way of leveling society into the great democracy of the dead and dying, and it is certainly the case...

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    Misprints and Misprision

    "When I hear the word 'theory,' I loosen the safety latch on my revolver," remarked one disgruntled language teacher recently. He had an excuse, after all. He had just listened to an hour-long exposition of a Lacanian interpretation of a debate...

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    Pulling the Plugs

    A generation ago, the strongest voice raised against materialism, scientism, and the depredations of technology and mass communication was that of rhetorician and second generation agrarian Richard Weaver.

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    Voice From the Brier Patch

    Brooks still has the capacity to surprise and delight. The doyen of the New Criticism and one who has been called "our best reader," he has now turned his talents—as an "enthusiastic amateur"—to the relationship be tween linguistic study and...

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    Bad, Bad Boy

    "Big Jim" Folsom (1908- ), governor of Alabama (1946-1950, 1954-1958), was said to have entered office on a collision course with the state's two major economic estates, big business and big agriculture.

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    Ski Poles and Baby Doctors

    As essayists go, John McPhee has be come something of a celebrity. He has been praised in places as diverse as National Review and National Public Radio; he has written 18 books and no telling how many articles; moreover, he is said to be the...

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