ChroniclesnA MAGAZINE OF AMERICAN CULTUREn^Our love of what is beautiful does not lead to extravagance; our lovenof the things of the mind does not wake us soft. . . . I declare thatnour city is an education to Greece. …”n— Periclesn- PERSPECTIVEnVIEWSnArt Is Always Political When the Government 18nStarts Giving Grants by George GarrettnLike it or hate it, there’s no pretending the NEAnis apolitical.nThe New Class Controversy 21nby Christopher LaschnDefining the class for which nothing is sacred.nWant to Reform Public Education? 26nby Lawrence A. UzzellnFirst de-fund the Department of Ed.nOPINIONSnLa Pasionaria of the Beltway by Jeffrey Hart 30nPeggy Noonan: W/iaf I Saw at the Revolution.nReagan’s former speechwriter has written a tellingnbook all about her favorite subject — and it’s notnReagan.nEdward Abbey: R.I.P. by Wayne Lutton 34nEdward Abbey: Hayduke Lives! Appreciating onenof America’s last angry men.nREVIEWSnRussell Kirk will take his stand with these essaysnof Agrarian Andrew Lytic • “Slipshod scholarship,”nsays Lyle Dorsett of A.N. Wilson’s newnlife of C.S. Lewis • Chilton Williamsonncarries the flag for novelist Cormac McCarthyn• Cosma Siani praises Dana Gioia’s translationnof Montale’s Motets • David Slavitt hasnrendered Ovid into English, writes E. ChristiannKopfF • In Kate Millett’s Loony Bin Trip anothernfeminist sidles up to conservatism, accordingnto Florence King • Tim Hunter likes DavidnThe Art of Revolution by Thomas Fleming 14nWhy the government subsidizes affronts to public taste.n37nHackett Fischer’s discussion of British Isles ethnicitynin AmericanCORRESPONDENCE —nLetter From the Heartland: We’re Not asnDumb as They Thinknby Jane GreernLetter From the Lower Right:nAnother Countrynby John Shelton ReednA Future for Europenby Thomas MolnarnVITAL SIGNSnOne Wiseman of Gothamnby David R. SlavittnLemonsnby Janet Scott Barlownr^rPA PT/i TNLITCnULr AK1 /ViLIN 1 onPOLEMICS & EXCHANGESnCULTURAL REVOLUTIONSnPRINCIPALITIES & POWERSnby Samuel FrancisnPOETRYnJournal of the Plague Year,nWar ZonenandnDaydreamingnby Frederick FeirsteinnCover illustration by Anna Mycek-Wodecki.nnn46n47n49n51n53n4n6n12n25n28n33nJUNE 1990/3n