Chronicles Magazine June 1995

  • VIEWS

    The Country Writer

    I am as grateful for this award as I am surprised by it, and I certainly did not see it coming. Obviously, it cannot be easy to feel worthy of an award bearing the name of T.S. Eliot, and so probably I ought to say that I am grateful, but...

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  • VIEWS

    Cleaning Our Stables

    In the mindless babble that passes for political debate in the United States, nothing means what it appears to mean, particularly those key words "liberal" and "conservative." For political purposes the latter seems to have demonized the former....

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  • VIEWS

    Once Upon a Time in America

    One of the strangest rituals in the United States Senate is the annual reading of President Washington's Farewell Address. The chore of recitation usually falls to a freshman nonentity eager to curry favor by performing what is regarded as a...

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  • REVIEWS

    Light Literature

    One of the casualties of the current culture wars is the Western. No other genre, it seems, is so politically incorrect. The Western is accused of racism, sexism, and imperialism—three strikes and you're out.

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  • REVIEWS

    Beyond Trash

    In the middle part of this century one of the main staples of the Anglo- American reading public was the historical novel, or romance. Such "swashbucklers" were not great literature, but they had their virtues.

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  • REVIEWS

    Brief Mentions

    "Harry's gone mad," yelled Mrs. Barnes. "I just saw him running around the side of the house with a gun, muttering something about the plumbers." Young Robert ran outside, and there found his dad, distinguished historian and man of letters, lying...

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  • VITAL SIGNS

    Elizabethtown College

    Elizabethtown College, the liberal arts school which I attend, now has both a radical feminist group called Womenspeak and a homosexual advocacy group called Allies, the latter, of course, filled with sympathetic heterosexuals, primarily women.

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  • Polemics & Exchanges

    On Intelligence and Race

    Samuel Francis is among America's best publicists. It is thus painful to read his praise of three materialist, pro-robot scientists, particularly the most materialist of the three, for whom civilization is determined by cold versus hot climates...

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  • Polemics & Exchanges

    On Immigration

    There you go again, on immigration. You restrictionists have enough interesting arguments to make, you don't need to resort to bogus complaints. John C. Vinson did this in his February review of The Immigration Invasion, by stating that "the...

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