Chronicles Magazine Book Review

The Patriotic Impulse

I must now, in public, repeat what I privately expressed to the directors of the Ingersoll Foundation: my gratitude for their having chosen me as the present recipient of this honorific award.

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    Freedom Is Slavery

    In a recent and provocative essay, Paul Gottfried described Eugene D. Genovese as a "hero of paleoconservative intellectuals." No doubt this declaration qualified as news in some circles, for the distinguished historian of the American South has...

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    The Dictator and the Scoundrel

    To anyone old enough to recall the early 1960's, the names Kennedy and Khrushchev will provoke a wealth of emotional associations far stronger than those evoked by the names of most later Presidents, or of the colorless characters who followed...

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    Freaks for Our Time

    The typical animal rights activist is a female agnostic or atheist, unmarried with no children and six "companion animals," "educated," and living a resolutely urban life in the company of other activists on behalf of all sorts of causes, most of...

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    Strange Days

    The wide-eyed declamations of Shirley MacLaine to the contrary, there is nothing particularly new about the so-called New Age, that hodgepodge of religious borrowings from diverse sources ranging from the genuine to the quackish.

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    Onan Agonistes

    I've been trying to figure out what somebody could do with the thirty bucks (plus tax) that they're asking for Harold Brodkey's word-processing product. My copy was no bargain for free.

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    Poetry That Matters

    In the May 1991 issue of the Atlantic poet and critic Dana Gioia asked "Can Poetry Matter?" Gioia, who has spent most of his working life outside of the academy, warns of a species in danger of extinction, the vanishing general audience for...

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