Chronicles Magazine December 1993

Middle American Gothic

The bad weather of 1993 eliminated my usual fishing trips to northern Wisconsin, but the other day in Madison, where I go to use the library and relive the 60's, I saw a sign for an instant oil change and lube: "Faster than an Illinois tourist."

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  • VIEWS

    Winning the Culture War

    The first thing we have to learn about fighting and winning a cultural war is that we are not fighting to "conserve" something; we are fighting to overthrow something. Obviously, we do want to conserve something—our culture, our way of life, the...

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  • VIEWS

    There Are Left the Mountains

    Archibald MacLeish—"macarchibald maclapdog macleish," e.e. cummings dubbed him—wondered, from his sinecure as Librarian of Congress in 1940, why "the writers of our generation in America" had such a provincial indifference to the war in Europe.

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  • VIEWS

    Louis Bromfield's America

    Malabar Farm drew a large crowd the summer day I was there, mostly busloads of the elderly on excursion from the "senior centers" of Ohio. They came to see Louis Bromfield's legacy—the once famous agricultural experiment that is now a state park.

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