Chronicles Magazine November 1997

White Like Me

Race is the American religion, which is why no one can talk about it truthfully. I do not mean that no one speaks his mind on the subject. Well-indoctrinated liberals can talk all day on why race does not matter, why the whole concept means nothing.

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  • VIEWS

    A Ghost Awakens

    In the closing years of the 19th century, Indians throughout the American West began to dance. Dervish-like, they danced for hours and days on end, in the belief that their ecstasy would call forth the gods, bring back the dead, and banish the...

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  • VIEWS

    Jews Without Judaism

    Certainly no confusion of the ethnic with the religious presents more anomalies than the mixture of ethnic Jewishness and religious Judaism that American Jews have concocted for themselves. But the brew is fresh, not vintaged.

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  • REVIEWS

    The Habit of Making

    In October 1986, I heard Robert Penn Warren read a selection of his poems at an LSU conference marking the 50th anniversary of the Southern Review. He was 81 years old, exceeding frail, and suffering from cancer.

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  • REVIEWS

    The Rump Right

    For some time now it has been the opinion of European political theorists that right and left have become antiquated points of reference. Allegedly, these terms, archaic by the time of the Cold War, were kept in use to distinguish the pro- and...

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  • REVIEWS

    Big Emerging Mistakes

    The theory that "big emerging markets" (BEMs) m the Third Worid will be the driving force of the world economy, and thus of worid politics, has been at the core of the Clinton administration's foreign policy.

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  • REVIEWS

    Playback

    The recent death of Robert Mitchum reminds us not only of his appearance in one of the best film noirs. Out of the Past, but of his impersonation of the detective Philip Marlowe in the remake of Farewell, My Lovely and The Big...

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  • REVIEWS

    Beyond Darwinism

    In the Victorian era, High Churchmen castigated Darwin as a materialist who would reduce men to mere monkeys, and earnest materialists enunciated a vision of scientific progress that, as it were, only incidentally drained the universe of purpose.

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  • VITAL SIGNS

    Polonophobia, Cont.

    What is neither admirable nor understandable is the boundless stupidity of an American culture which in the course of my own life has celebrated both Nazi and Soviet collaborators: in one case, as democratic anticommunists during the 1950's

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  • VITAL SIGNS

    Robert Penn Warren Remembered

    Reading Joseph Blotner's biography revives my memories of Robert Penn Warren. I was summoned to his rooms at Silliman College on September 5, 1969. I was a freckled, red-haired 18-year-old in whom he may have seen an apparition from his past.

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  • VITAL SIGNS

    Belated Bloomsday

    June 16 is Bloomsday, named after the character of Leopold Bloom in James Joyce's Ulysses. Joyce's huge book takes place all on that long June day in 1904—250,000 words long, that is. We are told that Ulysses is one of the most important books of...

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  • Cultural Revolutions

    Glorified on TV

    Bounty hunters with a license to kill are glorified on television every week. The reality is uglier and more terrifying than most of us imagine. In Phoenix, a group of heavily armed bounty hunters, wearing ski-masks and body armor, sledgehammered...

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  • Cultural Revolutions

    Diana's Image

    Diana is dead. The sudden and gruesome death of a woman in her prime, especially the mother of adolescent children, is a sad event. With Princess Diana, it has the makings of a real tragedy. She was pushed into a public marriage with an unloving...

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  • Polemics & Exchanges

    On NATO and Eastern Europe

    Before the Bolshevik gangsters, there were the Romanov gangsters, and if the commissars of Sovietdom were murdering swine, so were the ministers of the czars. Poland, in particular, was occupied for nearly 200 years by the Russians.

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