ChroniclesnA MAGAZINE OF AMERICAN CULTUREn”The world was made to be inhabited bynbeasts, but studied and contemplated by man:ntis the debt of our reason we own unto Godnand the homage we pay for not being beasts.”n— Sir Thomas BrownenPERSPECTIVEnScience, Wisdom, and Moral Judgmentnby Thomas FlemingnOn ‘ethics specialists’ and other con artists.nVIEWS CORRESPONDENCEnDeep History by Edward O. Wilson 16nThe role of biological evolution in the formationnof culture.nInch by Inch by George Garrett 18n’What saves a man is to take a step’—and thenartist can show us how.nAngels From the Time to Come 21nby Frederick TurnernWhen two and two might not always equal four.nOPINIONSnRouge on a Corpse’s Lips by Samuel Francis 27nGhosts on the Roof: Selected Journalism of WhittakernChambers, 1931-1959, edited by TerrynTeachout. How a former Communist came tonbelieve in the suicide of the West.nThat Infamous Diary by Murray N. Rothbard 31nThe Diary of H.L. Mencken, edited by Charles A.nFecher. Mencken was a moral and caringnman, and the diary proves it.nREVIEWSnReverend Abernathy’s new book offers harshntruths, says Forrest McDonaild • MadisonnSmartt Bell’s Soldier’s Joy is a lesser work from angifted novelist, writes Fred Chappell •nChilton Williamson on Edmund Wilson asnmagician • William Hawkins sees JohnnTaft’s book as a discourse by a disillusioned liberaln• David Dubai could have written the greatnbook on the piano, claims J.O. Taten34n12nLetter From the Lower Right: The LastnRound-up by John Shelton ReednLetter From Brazil: No Pedestriansnby Geoffrey WagnernVITAL SIGNS —nThe Ignorance of the Doctorsnby George WatsonnAssaulting the Compactnby Janet Scott BarlownGrandma’s Appointment in Samaranby John Chodesn— DEPARTMENTSnPOLEMICS & EXCHANGESnCULTURAL REVOLUTIONSnPRINCIPALITIES & POWERSnby Samuel FraricisnPOETRYnIn Memory of Rita HayworthnandnThe Cycles of Thingsnby Richard MoorenMillion-Dollar Dandruffnby John W. Little IInON THE COVER -nCover illustration by Krystyna Jachniewicz.nnn41n43n44n46n48n4n6n10n14n26n32nAPRIL 1990/3n