Fascinating literary and political history from here, with this more substantive piece by John Miller. Yet there is a long history of digging deeper into Baum’s books and searching for hidden meanings. The most famous of these is to interpret “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” as a parable of the Populist movement of the 1890s: [...]
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If you have never read his Impromptus, you should. One of my favorites: The other day, some friends and I were discussing euphemisms — to which I am becoming increasingly averse. To call something by its right name is a wondrous, and vital, thing. I was reminded of a recent letter from a reader: “I [...]
21st Century trailer: 20th Century trailer:
Jay Nordlinger remembers the wit of Mrs. Donald Rumsfeld: Mrs. Rumsfeld is a bit of a media maven, and I ask whether she reads the New York Times. Yes, she says, “but faster than I used to.” Ouch!
Glenn Reynolds noting a find by John Miller: If they didn’t learn it in college, it’s “obscure.” Which, alas, merely highlights the inadequacy of their educations. (I, on the other hand, took a semester-long seminar on Hayek in college.) At any rate, the “obscure” Road to Serfdom is currently #56 on Amazon. And Jonah Goldberg [...]
Is still a treat.
Neo-neocom urges us to read Sebastian Haffner’s Defying Hitler: I would say “read the whole thing.” But I’ll amend that a bit and say instead, “you owe it to yourself, and to history and the future, to read the whole thing.” And then read Haffner’s book, too—as I plan to—because the excerpts Foster offers seem [...]
Neo-neocon: Especially in the eyes of the young, and of future generations, who don’t have their own memories to go on. It’s much harder to convince a WWII vet that Hiroshima was an unnecessary war crime than it is to convince a young person of same; the former not only has the context, he has [...]