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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  • REVIEWS

    The Survival of the Fattest

    Late one summer afternoon, tired and dirty after four days' camping and a 21-mile ride out of the Wind River Mountains over rough granite trails, 1 swung off the horse and opened the registry book that the National Forest Service places at the...

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  • REVIEWS

    Machine Politics

    In 1943, in the midst of the dark years of World War II when collectivism seemed to be sweeping all before it at home and abroad, three fiercely independent and feisty women, all of them friends and libertarians devoted to what was then called...

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  • VIEWS

    Notes From the Immigration Front

    Proof that we are no longer a country of red-blooded Americans who brook no interference from any foreign country was the news report of a March 8, 1993, "hearing" held at Fort Mason, California, to collect testimony from "immigrant" (translate,...

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  • VITAL SIGNS

    Metaflicks

    Robert Warshow, one of the best critics of film we ever had (all serious moviegoers should read his collected essays, The Immediate Experience), wrote that the most difficult thing about reviewing movies is "admitting that you were there."

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  • REVIEWS

    In the Fullness of Time

    Perhaps the best way to understand and appreciate Joseph Pappin's unique achievement is to consider this fine book in the light of previous scholarship that attempts to ascertain the religious and moral sources and foundations of Edmund Burke's...

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  • VITAL SIGNS

    Cui Bono?

    Hans-Hermann Hoppe's essays will not be everyone's cup of tea, particularly in view of the author's stated purpose to defend individual property rights as the basis of a free and productive society.

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  • REVIEWS

    A World Suffused by Money

    John Dewey, Neil Coughlan thought, I was "the philosopher par excellence of American liberalism" because "he shared with it the root conviction that we can have both self-defined self-fulfillment and social justice for all."

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  • REVIEWS

    Lonesome No More

    All literary genres have their loyalists, but few have more devoted—and querulous—readers than the Western. So when in the mid-1980's rumors began to circulate that Larry McMurtry, hitherto known for his angst-ridden tales of modern Texas, was at...

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