Category Archives: The Culture Wars

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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Joe’s Back

No one really wants to relive the fifties – those poodle skirts were awful, Dinah Shore was insufferably cheerful, although finally overwhelmed by Bill Haley and then Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis, and everything was so damned conventional. People were scared too – … Continue reading

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