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American Proscenium (Part 2)

ABC launched Call to Glory with an heroic promotional effort during the Summer Olympics. The series, which chronicles the life of a reconnaissance pilot and his family in the early 1960’s, is frequently described as unabash­edly pro-American. Obviously, ABC hoped

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American Proscenium (Part 3)

Richard Brautigan was a familiar American type that has been with us since the days of the Yankee peddler: the self-appointed Job who wants to take on the powers that be from his chair behind the cracker barrel, the freshman

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American Proscenium (Part 4)

Cleanth Brooks has been named the 1985 Jefferson Lecturer by the Nation­al Endowment for the  Humanities. Mr. Brooks, who is best known for his works of literary theory and his exposi­tions of William Faulkner, is one of the last of

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French Proscenium

William Styron was recently honored by the French government, which made him a Commander of Arts and Letters. In accepting the award, Styron remarked, “Vive la France, Vive l’Amerique and all good things.” Styron may not have a

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Who Cares?

The anonymous reviewers at Chronicles of Culture don’t seem to like any­ thing except right-wing polemics. The problem is the usual plague of the self­righteous: they have no sense of humor. For them, Roy Blount Jr. is “a humorist of

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Caveat Emptor

In Art, as in most areas of life, California is ahead of the rest of us. A new set of California laws, collectively known as “An Artist’s Bill of Rights,” prohibit the buyer of a work of art from making

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Commedia dell’Arte

George Balanchine died a year ago April. Last July the Ballet Master of the New York City Ballet, John Taras, was finally persuaded by Mikhail Baryshnikov to join the American Ballet Theater. In a recent interview with Dancemagazine, Taras observed

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Politics and Prayer

 

One of the high points of this fall’s campaign season was the vigorous debate over the place of religion in America’s public life. In retrospect, it may some day be regarded as the most meaningful public discussion

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Representation

Ms. Geraldine Ferraro, a Democratic party hack, a Catholic feminist (what a spiritual and spirited concoction, brewed according to the recipes of the Queens-Long Island bourbon culture!) whom the amalgamated USA womanists (the newest vocable) wished to see as

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Bertolt Brecht, the cultural left’s most astute perceiver of poignant ironies em­bedded in social injustices, never com­manded our rapt allegiance, yet we wouldn’t mind listening to what he might have said about the Memorial Day spectacle. Watching it, we thought

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Red Rainbow

What’s astonishing (or, perhaps, moderately surprising, if we remain aware of what life in liveral America has taught us over the last two decades) is the media’s color blindness when it comes to making an ideological evaluation of

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At the Crossroads

Not long ago, Mr. Theodore White, connoisseur of presidential elections, crafted a well reasoned, though intellectually prefabricated, article for the New York Times Magazine. His was a solid analysis of this country’s shifting political geology: some major

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Demo Liberal Chutzpa

Once again, President Reagan has spoken out about the collapse of the American educational system (and correctly so) and stated facts that will hit anyone who has an average IQ, and one that is uncontaminated by liberal orthodoxy, with a

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The Ingersoll Prizes

On December 8, 1983, in Chicago’s Ritz-Carlton hotel, The Ingersoll Prizes were awarded for the first time. Mr. Jorge Luis Borges was the recipient of the T.S. Eliot Award for Creative Writing, and Mr. James Burnham received

American Proscenium – Ship of Fools
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American Proscenium – Ship of Fools

The debate on how to render America impotent has reached orgasmic intensity. Suddenly, everybody sees atomic war just around the corner; the conventional liberal media are organizing giant scare campaigns (in the name of the people’s right to know), while