Review of The Cult of Individualism: Partisans Beware

Chip Etier has posted a review of The Cult of Individualism: A History of an Enduring American Myth. He focuses on one of the underlying reasons I wrote the book and, in an off way, explains the "lapse" that Dave Tabler, in his own review, notes--that I do not really consider the southern "Cavalier" culture, … Continue reading Review of The Cult of Individualism: Partisans Beware

Jane Smiley and the Scots-Irish

One of the tricks of my teaching trade has to do with stereotypes. I teach writing, for the most part, and I want my students to be aware of themselves, their own biases, and the biases in the greater culture as they position themselves to compose. So, at the beginning of the term, I generally … Continue reading Jane Smiley and the Scots-Irish