Chronicles Magazine September 1992

Literature and the Curriculum

The controversy over the humanities curricula is a struggle over definition, and what is at issue is not so much the nature or purposes of the American university as the identity of the American people.

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    S&L to L.A.

    If you're white in the United States, you, says Professor Andrew Hacker, have at least that much going for you. "No matter how degraded their lives, white people are still allowed to believe that they possess the blood, the genes, the patrimony...

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    A Calvinist in Gotham

    In the early 50's, Philip Graham of the Washington Post tried to hire James Reston away from the New York Times at twice the coins the Sulzbergers were dispensing. Thanks, but no thanks, Reston said-and kept saying whenever his friend Graham...

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    How to Write a Novel

    Cormac McCarthy is so fine a writer-for my money the best novelist in America today-that he and his work must be accepted pretty much on their own terms. Criticism therefore, in the case of Mr. McCarthy, is reducible largely to questions of taste.

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    Trespass Against Us

    Larry Woiwode, the North Dakota novelist (I do not mean that in a diminishing way), has described his fiction as "a continuing spiritual exercise that any reader may join in on." His fifth novel, Indian Affairs, is a fitfully satisfying workout.

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