Category Archives: The Culture Wars

Dispatches from the Culture Wars

No one knows what to make of Maine – they have lobsters there, and not very many people, and deep pine woods out to forever, with black-flies that will eat you alive in the short Maine summers. It snows the … Continue reading

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The Glorious Day When Nothing Happened

The Brits have a holiday they used to celebrate but they don’t much bother with now – Guy Fawkes Night – because few people now remember the Gunpowder Plot and why it’s important to hate the Pope. The new Pope we … Continue reading

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Seeking That Simple Explanation

The Baltimore Sun really shouldn’t have sent H. L. Mencken to cover that Scopes trial in Dayton, Tennessee, back in 1925 – the one where Clarence Darrow faced off against William Jennings Bryan on the matter of evolution, specifically on … Continue reading

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Noting What Already Happened

Culture wars are tricky. By the time people get really hot and bothered about something or other – long hair and antiwar stuff in the late sixties perhaps – what has upset them is already the norm. Back then, at … Continue reading

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Dangerous When Cornered

It’s a useful cliché – wild animals are dangerous when cornered. That’s why hunters wear camouflage and hide in blinds. The point is to kill those critters before they know what’s happening – sneak up on them before they realize … Continue reading

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End Times in the Culture Wars

Yes, it’s tiresome – but those of us who left for college in the fall of 1965 and graduated four years later – back when college was a four-year affair – really were at the center of the most important … Continue reading

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Something in the Air

Manhattan realtors call the area Clinton but it used to be called Hell’s Kitchen – from the late nineteenth century until a decade or so ago a rather rough place, west of Sixth from Thirty-Fourth up to Fifty-Ninth, not that … Continue reading

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