CHRONICL ES OFnCULTUREnVol. 9, No. 10, October 1985nWHO KILLED COCK ROBIN?n… THE CRISIS IN THE ARTSnA Publication ofnThe Rockford Institute:nJohn A. Howard, PresidentnEditornThomas FlemingnAssociate EditornBryce ChristensonnCopy EditornCynthia CalvertnContributing EditorsnRonald BermannHarold O.J. BrownnOdie FaulknE. Christian KopffnJohn Shelton ReednJoseph SchwartznCary VasilashnEditorial SecretarynLeAnn ManningnPublishernRichard A. VaughannArt Director andnProduction ManagernBarbara De WitznComposition ManagernAnita FedoranSubscription ManagernTheresa DomanskinOn the CovernCover illustration and illustrationsnthroughout the text by Anna Wodecki.nCHRONICLES OF CULTURE (ISSNn0163-1187) is published monthly for $18nper year by The Rockford Institute, 934nNorth Main Street, Rockford, ILn61103-7061. Application to mail atnsecond-class postage rates is pending atnRockford, IL and additional mailingnoffices. POSTMASTER; Send addressnchanges to CHRONICLES OFnCULTURE, P.O. Box 800, Rockford, ILn61105.nEditorial and Advertising Offices: 934nNorth Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103.nEditorial phone: (815) 964-5054.nAdvertising phone: (815) 964-5811.nCopyright © 1985 by The RockfordnInstitute. All rights reserved.n2/CHRONICLES OF CULTUREnPERSPECTIVEnOPINIONSnWaiting for the EndnCONTENTSnTrue high art may be on its last legs, butnpopulist singers and filmmakers are stillnfighting for the real America.nby Thomas FlemingnAmerican Idol 6n—Russell Banks: Continental DriftnThe American dream and Caribbean voodoo collide in anbrilliant new novel of ambition and tragedy.nby Fred ChappellnGrand Designs 8n—Richard H. Pells: The Liberal Mind in a Conservative Age:nAmerican Intellectuals in the 1940s and 1950snFor New York intellectuals, interpreting recent Americannhistory provides one more opportunity for polishing thenwarped mirror of narcissism.nby John LukacsnBoredom, Sex, and Murder 10n—E. L. Doctorow: Lives of the Poets: A Novella and SixnStoriesn—Norman Mailer: Tough Guys Don’t DancenThe author of Ragtime “ain’t got that swing,” but NormannMailer keeps his juices flowing by indulging in more aimlessnviolence.nby Robert F. GearynEconomist in the Pulpit 14n—George Shgler: The Intellectual and the MarJietplacen—George Stigler: The Economist as Treacher and Other EssaysnThe Laffer Curve and oligopoly have found an explicator asnlucid as E.B. White and as witty as James Thurber.nby William R. Hawkinsnnn