Bill Kauffman

Bill Kauffman’s Look Homeward, America is due in May from ISI Books.

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  • The City Beat
    Blog
    August 15, 2019

    The City Beat

    Red Love is "third generation Leninist" porno star Suzie Sizzle's yet-unmade dream project, the love story of her aunt and uncle, the Rosenberg-like spies Dolly and Solly Rubell. Until Suzie's industry develops a revolutionary consciousness, we'll have to settle for David Evanier's novel of wit, fine malice, and the same title.

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  • The Last Jeffersonian
    Blog
    June 5, 2019

    The Last Jeffersonian

    Let Vermont State Senator John McClaughry describe himself (with what he calls "a notorious Ozark accent"): "I am a 1700's Virginia republican, an 1800 Tertium Quid, an 1830's Loco Foco, an 1850's Republican, an 1890's Western progressive, a 1930's agrarian distributist, and today a plain old decentralist agrarian Reaganaut."

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  • Sinclair Lewis
    Blog
    December 3, 2018

    Sinclair Lewis

    To the end, [Sinclair] Lewis stayed true to his time and his locality. He insisted, despite the naysaying of the folks who run things in this country, on the romance of the "Average Citizens of the United States."

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  • War From a Cabbage Patch
    Blog
    May 10, 2018

    War From a Cabbage Patch

    You know you are not in for a Doris Kearns Goodwin/David McCullough hagiography when a biographer uses as an epigraph a character assessment by the thuggish Marilyn-mauling (Joe) McCarthyite RFK. (Isn’t the three-letter monogram usually a tip-off to a sinister force?)

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  • Blog
    January 17, 2018

    Cherished Void

    Gene Roddenberry was a hustling ex-cop who wanted to strike it rich in television, and he did, with a series called Star Trek, which he once described (before his slide into self-mythicizing and lucrative licensing deals) as "Wagon Train To the Stars."

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  • Blog
    December 14, 2017

    New York vs. New York

    Plunkitt lived in the days before garbage scows, Tawana Brawley, Nelson Rockefeller, radioactive waste, and the decimation of local government. In the Upstate-Downstate marriage, Plunkitt's was the Era of Good Feelings.

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  • Blog
    July 19, 2017

    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 leaders, to prepare the public for what they hoped would be the inevitable conquest of space."

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  • The Way Home
    Reviews
    May 2006

    The Way Home

    Wendell Berry’s latest harvest of essays contains characteristically wise observations on mobility, industrial agriculture, and other maladies of our age, but it also displays a Berry seldom glimpsed—that is, Wendell Berry as a rural Kentucky Democrat reluctant to quit a party that long ago quit rural America.

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  • Hicks’ Town
    Reviews
    April 2005

    Hicks’ Town

    In 1932, Marxist literary critic Granville Hicks and his wife, Dorothy, bought an eight-room farmhouse in Grafton, New York, a rural hamlet ten miles east of Troy, where Hicks taught English to the young engineers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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  • War From a Cabbage Patch
    Reviews
    November 2004

    War From a Cabbage Patch

    You know you are not in for a Doris Kearns Goodwin/David McCullough hagiography when a biographer uses as an epigraph a character assessment by the thuggish Marilyn-mauling (Joe) McCarthyite RFK.

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  • The Patriot
    Reviews
    June 2003

    The Patriot

    Edward Abbey used to say that he took great pride in getting more radical as he got older—no easy task for the anarchist son of a communist father, but an impeccably American maturation just the same.

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  • Views
    July 2001

    New York vs. New York

    Plunkitt lived in the days before garbage scows, Tawana Brawley, Nelson Rockefeller, radioactive waste, and the decimation of local government. In the Upstate-Downstate marriage, Plunkitt's was the Era of Good Feelings.

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  • "I'm Liberated; Free at Last!"
    Views
    November 2000

    "I'm Liberated; Free at Last!"

    Pat Buchanan has taken more punches than Chuck Wepner, hut unlike the Bayonne Bleeder, Buchanan has a good right hook (or is it now a left?) of his own.

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  • Come Home, America
    Views
    March 2000

    Come Home, America

    An outbreak of virulent place-ism has greeted the senatorial campaign of Hillary Rodham Clinton, despite the conciliatory editorials of the Gannett papers and despite Mrs. Clinton's assertion that "where I'm from is not as important as what I'm for."

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  • Round Table Discussion
    January 2000

    Blame America First

    "America First," he said, whereupon the skies opened, the thunder cracked, the rains came . . . who knew the empire was so sensitive?

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  • The Militia of Love
    Reactionary Radicals
    November 1999

    The Militia of Love

    Snow Man follows Robert Drummond, a hairy and occasionally abominable patriot, a Maine militiaman who is between assassinations, as it were.

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  • The Making of an Individualist
    Views
    October 1999

    The Making of an Individualist

    "To be merely queer is no achievement, but to be brilliantly individualistic is a fine art which Geneva brought to perfection," wrote Warren Hunting Smith, who died last November at the age of 93.

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  • The Anti-American Century
    Views
    August 1999

    The Anti-American Century

    The anti-American Century began with a bad moon rising. Our new possessions across the sea were awash in colonial gore. Surveying from afar the corpses of Filipino independence fighters and our blood-spattered flag, Mark Twain suggested that we substitute the skull and crossbones for the stars and stripes.

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  • Cultural Revolutions
    July 1999

    Massacre in Littleton

    Eric Harris, the dominant half of the trenchcoated psychopathic duo who rampaged through Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, was the demented product of two enduring legacies of the Cold War: the consolidated super-school and the rootless military family.

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  • Cultural Revolutions
    January 1999

    Another Election Day Come and Gone

    So another Election Day has come and gone, and it's back to business for the Incumbent Party.

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