Another post from The New Criterion, this one about the recent debate. I heard this particular section on the radio and my reaction was much the same though not nearly as eloquent. There really aren't a lot of things to which we have a "right". The Bill of Rights isn't very long for a reason; … Continue reading Right or wrong?
An interesting article over at The New Criterion about how the disconnect between reality and what our politicians tell us is our own doing. We refuse to vote for people that tell us how it really is because we prefer comforting lies that we can see through when and how we please and spend the … Continue reading Politics is as we make it.
A great man, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, died yesterday. He may not have been right about everything, (which one of us is?) and I certainly didn't agree with everything he wrote or said, but he was still one of the greatest men of the last century. Rest in peace.----------------Now playing: Donizetti, Callas, Di Stefano, Gobbi, Arie - … Continue reading RIP Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
I'm down to one magazine subscription from two now. Actually, I decided against renewing my National Review subscription a while back as a cost-cutting measure, and it was only ever two magazines anyway. And, come to think of it, The New Criterion subscription was a gift. Okay, now that I've wandered far afield and have … Continue reading A great magazine.
Since it's a New Criterion day, it seems, I'll link to another post. The announcement of the event you can skip since it's already gone by (and was in New York), but scroll down and read the poem. It's one of the rare poems that I enjoy. A rather moving piece, I think.
For those who are not political junkies, you may have missed the recent dust-up following the publication of a book by Dinesh D'Souza. D'Souza is, for those of my readers who do not know, a conservative writer and scholar well-known for his association in his youth with The Dartmouth Review and later with he Heritage … Continue reading Fight! Fight!
The September 2006 issue of The New Criterion:If "adult" poems relied for their survival on someone memorizing them and passing them down, almost all would be lost forever.~ David Yezzi, p. 143
Much good stuff in The New Criterion this month. Of that, a couple articles are online to which I would particularly like to draw your attention.First is the article by Robert Messenger on the event of the publication of a boxed set of all 20 (and the fragment of the unfinished 21st) Aubrey/Maturin novels by … Continue reading New Criterion Gems
As part of a review of "Motorcycle Diaries", the movie about the journey across South America made by Alberto Granado and Che Guevara, Anthony Daniels makes some great points about the cult of Che, why it continues and why it should have been smothered at birth. Not only that, but he goes through the movie … Continue reading Che: Revealed
More good stuff from the most recent New Criterion. An interesting article on what "fundamentalism" really is and means.Tolerating the tolerant presents no problems. What do we do, however, when confronted with the intolerant? Should we tolerate the people whom liberals denounce as racists, sexists, homophobes, indeed even “judgmentalists”? In actual fact, liberals are highly … Continue reading Tolerating The Intolerant