Monthly Archives: January 2012

A Map of Misreadings: David Brooks on The State of the Union by American Litterateur

I take the title of my essay from Harold Bloom’s book title which neatly captures all of that is amiss with this essay by Mr. Brooks. I’ll take some key sentences and paragraphs and subject them to some examination and … Continue reading

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Books of Interest: The Freud Files by Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen and Sonu Shamdasani

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Books of Interest: A Single Roll of the Dice by Trita Parsi

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O tempora o mores! David Brooks on our current deplorable moral/political state

David Brooks cares about the ‘little people’ like Maddie Parlier getting by, but aspiring to better herself. But Mr. Brooks likes his corporate allies and friends just a bit more than he cares for the welfare and aspirations of Ms. … Continue reading

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Sol Stern on Arendt the Apostate by Political Cynic

Is this essay Sol Stern seeks the root of the current revival of ‘antisemitism’ to it’s origin: the great Jewish thinker and Heidegger apologist Hannah Arendt. Here we have the latest installment of the current war on the policies and … Continue reading

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David Brooks on the Virtues of Mitt Romney and Family by Political Cynic

“The philosopher Michael Oakeshott once observed that it takes several generations to make a career. Interests, habits and lore accrue in families and shape those born into them.” This defense of the British hereditary aristocracy by Michael Oakshott is not … Continue reading

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David Brooks in Sumpter,S.C. by American Litterateur, part 2

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/17/opinion/south-carolina-diarist.html?partner… “The other pleasure of covering campaigns is getting to play American Idol judge, evaluating the political performances. Mitt Romney is never going to be confused for Pericles on the stump. Every sigh and utterance is prescripted, so watching his … Continue reading

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