Chronicles Magazine June 1998

Put Out More Flags

Walt Whitman was a bad poet, but he might have made an excellent American statesman, something like an effeminate Madeleine Albright, who can switch from one basic principle to the next with a duplicity that even the dewy-eyed fairy godmother of...

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  • REVIEWS

    The Pleasurable Science

    Is it a law of physics, or of human nature, that frequently dooms genius to obscurity during its lifetime? While every nonentity has his 15 minutes of fame, anything more enduring seems governed by a simple principle: death precedes recognition.

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  • REVIEWS

    Paleo Prophets

    The 12 Southerners who contributed to I'll Take My Stand (1930) must have been a terrible failure, for the South as well as the rest of the nation ignored their warnings and injunctions.

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  • REVIEWS

    Up, Up, and Away

    Howard E. McCurdy, a political scientist fascinated by "the relationship between imagination and public policy," has written a lively account of the "concerted effort by writers of popular science and science fiction, along with other opinion...

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  • REVIEWS

    New Blood

    The modern age has known many false prophets who have challenged the moral and spiritual beliefs of the Christian faith. Although churchmen have not always been vigilant in defense of traditional religion, one institution able to resist the...

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  • VITAL SIGNS

    A Clever Diversion

    If Amistad is not yet a household word like E.T. or Jurassic Park, it may soon be with the power of Steven Spielberg behind it. Amistad is really two movies. One, about the 19th-century slave commerce between West Africa and Latin America, is a...

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  • REVIEWS

    Cultured Pearl

    Late in October 1899, in the town of Deming, New Mexico Territory, the commander of Scarborough's Rangers recognized a face familiar to him from the pages of Cosmopolitan magazine, one of many publications then devoting considerable media...

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  • VIEWS

    Rasputins at Home and Abroad

    Before his trip to Rome in February, Boris Yeltsin promised everyone who would listen that he would personally invite the Pope to visit Russia. Yeltsin frequently rattled on in front of reporters, like a football player still sprinting after he...

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  • VITAL SIGNS

    The Titanic 90's

    The umpteenth movie about the sinking of the great ship finally meets modern standards. James Cameron's Academy Award-winning Titanic may be the "movie of the year," but it is just as dishonest, immoral, cowardly, vulgar, and historically...

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  • Cultural Revolutions

    Triumphant Return

    Bill Clinton's triumphant return from Africa is a bad omen for the next two years. Temporarily liberated from the shackles of Paula Jones's allegations, the President will now be free to rim the country exactly as the First Lady sees fit.

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  • Polemics & Exchanges

    On the IRA

    Patrick Walsh's letter to the editor in the April issue of Chronicles resurrects a long-discredited lie about the "left-wing Marxist" IRA. For 15 years, that smear kept many Americans, including me, from supporting democracy for the occupied Irish.

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  • Polemics & Exchanges

    On Sling Blade

    Since I had emerged from the theater in Foley, Alabama, somewhat sickened after watching Sling Blade, imagine my surprise when I found Clyde Wilson endorsing the film in Chronicles.

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