ChroniclesnA MAGAZINE OF AMERICAN CULTUREnPERSPECTIVEnVIEWSnLiberality, the Basis of Culturenby Hugh Barbour, O.Praem,nThe ultimate homeschool.nWall of Soundnby Aaron D. WolfnNoise as the basis of culture.nSocial Security’s War on Familiesnby Doug BandownA current crisis and a coming disaster.nREVIEWSnConnoisseur of Chaosnby Thomas FlemingnWorth doing badly.nA Humble Love 23nby Derek TurnernA.N. Wilson: Betjeman: A LifenJoseph Pearce on The Solzhenitsyn Reader: New 26nand Essential Writings, 1947-2005, Edward E. Ericson, Jr.,nand Daniel J. Mahoney, eds. ••• Srdja Trifkovic onnJohn O’Sullivan’s The President, the Pope, and the PrimenMinister: Three Who Changed the World • ClydenWilson on Anne Farrow’s, Joel Lang’s, and JennifernFrank’s Complicity: How the North Promoted, Prolonged,nand Profited From Slavery ••• Catharine SavagenBrosman on Pierre Corneille’s The Theatre of Illusion,nRichard Wilbur, trans. ••• Jonathan Ellis on JakenHalpern’s Fame Junkies: The Hidden Truths BehindnAmerica’s Favorite AddictionnCORRESPONDENCEnLetter From Texas: Gott Mit Unsnby Egon Richard TauschnLetter From a Monastery: Engulfed in Solitudenby Michael J. SauternVITAL SIGNSn14n17n20n34n10nTHE MEDIA: The Theater of the Mind, R.I.P.nby Robert LurienCOMMONWEAL: A National Championship for Duke 46nby John WillsonnSINS OF OMISSIONnby Roger D. McGrathnLETTER TO THE BISHOPnby Joe EcclesianTHE ROCKFORD FILESnby Scott P. RichertnEUROPEAN DIARYnby Andrei NavrozovnTHE AMERICAN INTERESTnby Srdja TrifkovicnIN THE DARKnMr. Brooksnby George McCartneynTHE HUNDREDTH MERIDIANnby Chilton Williamson, Jr.nPOLEMICS & EXCHANGESnAMERICAN PROSCENIUMnCULTURAL REVOLUTIONSnCOLUMNSnDEPARTMENTSnPOETRYn37 On Clearing Land in Gilmanton andnThe Old Workbench by Eric SellinnON THE COVERnCONSERVATISM: The Enigmatic Professor Strauss, Part II 42 Cover by George McCartney, Jr.nby Claude Polin Inside ilkistrations by Melanie Anderson.nnn44n13n31n32n39n40n47n49n6n7n12n19nAUGUST 2007/3n