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New Right, New Wrong

REVIEWSrnTalk of theTownrnby Wayne LuttonrnI Heard It Through thernGrapevine: Rumor inrnAfrican-American Culturernby Patricia A. TurnerrnBerkeley: University of California Press;rn276 pp., $25.00rnMany black Americans are convincedrnthat they are the targetsrnof a vast array of white-authored schemesrndesigned to spike their food with contraceptives;rnforce them to engage in selfdestructivernbehavior, especially drugrnaddiction; and kill them, to use theirrnbodies for...

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Mountain Musings

Mountain Musingsrnby Gregory McNameernFlat Rock Journalrnby Ken CareyrnSan Francisco: Harper San Francisco;rn230 pp., $18.00rnThe Ozark Mountains make up anrnarea that American literature hasrnlargely passed by, leaving it the provincernof folklore and song, of homespun storiesrnthat seldom make their way to the lowlands.rnKen Carey’s fine new book aboutrnthe region. Flat Rock journal, fills a greatrnvoid, and...

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Recomposing Sociology

have been forgiven for falling into indolence,rnyet another frontier celebrity, butrnAudubon soon grew impatient with therncompany of fellow hunters like Sir WalterrnScott and returned to America, notingrnto himself, “I must put myself in arntrain of doing . . . and thereby keep thernmachine in motion.” For the rest of hisrndays—he lived to the age of...

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Pro Patria

his fully automatic firearm at home.rnThe murder rate in Switzerland is actuallyrnlower than that in Japan, where therncivilian population has virtually no accessrnto firearms. For centuries the Swiss havernviewed weapons as synonymous with citizenship;rnin Switzerland, to put it differently,rnthe symbol of a free man is ownershiprnof one or more firearms. (Itrnshould be added that while...

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Women and Biographers First!

OPINIONSrnWomen and Biographers First!rnby F.W. Brownlowrn”One would suffer a great deal to he happy.”rn—Marly Wortley MontagurnEvelyn Waugh: The LaterrnYears 1939-1966rnby Martin StannardrnNew York: W.W. Norton & Company;rn512 pp., $25.95rnTo be really successful a modernrnwriter must reach and hold a hugernaudience, and there seems to be essentiallyrntwo ways of doing it: the journeymanrn(or tradesmanlike) and the...

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Visible Poets

Jay Tolson has caught the particularrnwatchfuhiess of Percy, his reserve, evenrnhis pride and accedia, and rendered arnconvincing portrait of an idiosyncratic,rnthoughtful, and sometimes indignantrngentleman. At the end, Percy’s is a noblernleave-taking, the capstone of a goodrnlife. This compelling biography of anrnintellectual conveys drama of thoughtrnand agony of composition while filling inrnthe impression of flesh and...

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Reinventing America

OPINIONSrnReinventing Americarnby Brian Robertsonrn”Fox populi.rn—AnonymousrnLincoln at Gettysburg: The WordsrnThat Remade Americarnby Garry WillsrnNew York: Simon & Schuster;rn317pp.,$23.00rnNo public figure in American historyrnis more inscrutable than AbrahamrnLincoln. While this is in some measurerndue to his extraordinary deftness as arnpolitician, it is primarily the result of hisrnastounding success in refounding thernRepublic in his own image. So thoroughlyrndid...

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Redskin and Whitewash

OPINIONSnRedskin and Whitewashnby Chilton Williamson, Jr.n”/ij fouiteen-hundred and ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean nude.”n—Chronicles, 1992nStolen Continents: The AmericasnThrough Indian Eyes Since 1492nhy Ronald WrightnBoston: Houghton Mifflin;n424 pp., $22.95n1492 And All That: PoliticalnManipulations of Historynby Robert RoyalnWashington, D.C.; The Ethics andnPublic Policy Center; 200 pp., $18.95nThe profusion of the anti-Westernnvirus released by the quincentenarynof Columbus’ landfall...

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Poetry That Matters

. . . Only a little bored . . . “Younare the handsomest man in thenworld”—she says that; it is anmetaphor of a kind. She was collectingnherself, finding herself, innan inconsecutive way, among thenconsecutions of our invention ofnour sexual tone back and forth,nand in the faith that in the sequencenof moments somethingnmight happen and all...

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Faith of Our Fathers

Faith of Our Fathersnby Marion Montgomeryn”What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thounvisitest him? For thou hast made him a httle lower than the angels, and hastncrowned him with glory and honor.”n— Psalm 8:4-5nA Government of Laws: PoliticalnTheory, Religion, and thenAmerican Foundingnby Ellis SandoznBaton Rouge: Louisiana StatenUniversity...

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The Rediscovery of Science

excoriating the more popular aspects ofnculture. In his analysis of BAD magazines,nfor instance, Mr. Fussell is rightlynharsh in his view toward such publicationsnas Connoisseur and ArchitecturalnDigest. But what about the pretensionsnand unreadability of various intellectualnjournals? If BAD has a home, it mostnsurely is found in a great deal of thennonsense that passes for literary andncultural...

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The Best of Our Time

The Best of OurnTimenby Geoffrey WagnernOur Age: English IntellectualsnBetween the World Wars — AnGroup Portraitnby Noel AnnannNew York: Random House;n479 pp., $30.00nElected Provost of King’s College,nCambridge, in his 30’s and subsequentlynVice-Chancellor of the Universitynof London, Lord Annan is a delightfulnperson who has given us andelightful book of scintillating eruditionnthat ranges far beyond the confines of...