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David Brooks: The Thin Man Who Went Over the Mountain

As every reader knows, getting inside the head of someone else, especially a real person, carried danger even for a skilled writer of fiction. Eudora Welty did it well in her 1963 short story “Where is the Voice Coming From?” She captured the mind of Medgar Evers’ killer without even knowing who he was. David … Continue reading David Brooks: The Thin Man Who Went Over the Mountain

Individualism in America

In The New York Times today, David Brooks writes: So the story I’d like to tell is this: Over the past half-century, society has become more individualistic. As it has become more individualistic, it has also become less morally aware, because social and moral fabrics are inextricably linked. The atomization and demoralization of society have … Continue reading Individualism in America

The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same?

In today's New York Times, Stanley Fish writes about Andrew Delbanco's new book College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be. As something of both a traditionalist and an innovator, I appreciate what Fish has to say, and will likely be reading Delbanco's book soon.Fish describes the book as one that:seeks to persuade not by … Continue reading The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same?

From the Voice of Experience?

Oh, I know, you don't have to be able to do something--or to have done it--to comment upon it. But there is certainly value to experience. Those of us who are Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, for example, can tell much more about the lives and systems of our host countries than can those journalists who … Continue reading From the Voice of Experience?

When A Dollar’s Not a Dollar

Gail Collins tells David Brooks, "You’re famous for your sanity," but famous with whom?  And for what examples of sanity?  OK, unlike that other conservative intellectual poseur, Newt Gingrich, Brooks is not cast as a 'bomb thrower,' but the distinction makes him sane?Earlier in The Times "The Conversation" column where Collins makes her comment, Brooks says:The … Continue reading When A Dollar’s Not a Dollar

David Brooks’s Anosognosia

In his column today, David Brooks diagnoses Jared Lee Loughner:He appeared to have a poor sense of his own illness (part of a condition known as anosognosia). He had increasingly frequent run-ins with the police. In short, the evidence before us suggests that Loughner was locked in a world far removed from politics as we … Continue reading David Brooks’s Anosognosia

Look What They’ve Done to My Song, Ma

In one of those bits of serendipity that, when you examine them, really have more to do with a greater cohesion, David Brooks' column today deals with American music—just the topic of discussion in my composition classes, yesterday and today. Brooks, however, bemoans the splintering of the music. I see things differently.Brooks has been speaking … Continue reading Look What They’ve Done to My Song, Ma