his need to tell a very personal story. Butnthat the sage and measured tones of thentalk-show moguls and evening newsnmagnates arbitrarily elevate Woods to anheroic rating while relegating the rest ofnthe truth—about 997° of the story—tonthe cutting-room floor, really enhancesnthe agony involved in the African dilemma:nWoods, a white opponent of thenwhite regime, receives a welcoming em-nThc American ScenenDefensenA new chairman of the Joint Chiefsnof Staff has been instated by PresidentnCarter. He is David C. Jones, a U.S.nAir Force general. He displays a keennunderstanding of the country he is expectednto defend. According to Time,nwhen a USAF airperson won a nudenbeauty contest in Florida, causing somenunfashionable consternation in the uppernechelons of the flying establishment.nGen. Jones annulled the problem: “Well,nshe wasn’t in uniform, was she.'”nPostscriptnIn the book The Children of the Counterculture,nJohn Rothchild and SusannBerns Wolf checked over various communes,ncollectives, and expandedn”families,” the legacy of the glorious,nrevolutionary ’60s. The New York Postnsums up their findings:n”What they found in many of the communitiesnwere children who were neglectednand abused, victims of treatmentnthat would be judged cruel by mostnparents. The authors were struck bynthe boredom, apathy and melancholynof the children, many of whom showednsigns of emotional disturbance and psychologicalndisorganization … In an22 inChronicles of Culturenbrace from our American media, whilenJeremiah Chirau, a moderate RhodesiannSenator and black tribal chieftan, wasnrefused a visa by our State Department.nIn the media silence following this incidentnyou could almost hear that inevitablentread of terror descending on thenblacks of southern Africa when Mr.nWood’s companeros came to establishnthe new social and moral order. Dnnumber of the rural communes, thenparents seemed bent mainly on keepingnthe children out of their way. Themselvesnstill children, they sought gratificationnwithout sacrifice, as if it werenpossible to deal with the young withoutnfully accepting their presence in ournlives.”nValuesn”When I was growing up you respectednyour parents. If they told you to be homenat a certain time, then you were home.nToday people think differently—theynact differently. Poor people used to havenshined shoes and combed hair—nownthey go out on the street looking anynwhich way. They are filthy, they usenprofanity, they don’t respect their elders.nIt’s just a new era. I call this the ‘DopenEra.’ But things are going to change. Itntakes time, but life goes in cycles. Wenneed stricter laws, a different kind ofncourt system. Then people will changenand this chaos will stop . . . people willnregain their initiative and their values.nIt’s just a matter of time.”nThese are the words of Mr. LesnMatthews, 57, a black journalist fromnManhattan, a staff contributor to ThenAmsterdam News, Harlem’s modern-daynDamon Runyon. Village Voice callednhim, in a profile, a “sentimentalist.”nnnHopenSome heartening opinions aboutnmoviemaking from John Milius, an upand-comingnyoung filmmaker, known fornthe naturalism of his scriptwriting:n”Look at fulia. It’s preachy, liberalnpreachy, a female macho film . . . If younwaiit to see the difference betweenngenerations, look at the differencesnbetween any of our movies and BlacknSunday or Marathon Man. They’renviolent, yet they’re liberal; they’re chic,nyet they’re exploitative. They’re reallynfoul movies by the Bel Air circuit. It’sneasy to be cynical. It’s hard to be corny.”nNot long ago a 33-year-old man, PaulnSchumacher of East Meadow, N. Y., sawna 65-year-old woman being attacked by anmugger. He gave chase, was stabbed innthe following fight, helped the womannup, said to her: “I have your bag,nmadam . . .” and died of his wounds. Hownabout a movie about this little incident.”nThe Liberal Culture critics would certainlyncall it corny. They hailed Bonnienand Clyde or Robert Altman’s ThievesnLike Us, as deep, humane and morallynenriching.nSomething Is Rotten in thenState of DenmarknThe June 15, 1978 issue of the RollingnStone contains:n— a piece by Mr. Patrick Buchanann— some pictures which clearly alludento, but not unveil, Mr. John Travolta’snmasculinity as an antidote tonboth homo- and bisexuality.nSomeone aptly said that the rock subculturenof the last decade was concoctednout of threat, excess and androgyny. Mr.nBuchanan embodies persuasiveness andnmoderation in today’s world. Mr.nTravolta seems to millions to be the fiercenopposite of androgyny. What has happenednto Rolling Stone? Ideologicalnconfusion? Or looking forward to newnprofits from the old/new (conservative.’)nvalues.’ nn