Writers must be familiar in being seized by the uselessness and self-pitying solipsism which can accompany the practice (prose-stylist and/or serious artist I’m not).
Sound and fury, indeed.
Familiar passions stir, animated by some new issue of the day, hardening into place within the grooves of thought.
Frankly, it’d be more useful to address many current political, legal and cultural disputes within the tradition of Western arts & letters. There are reasons why certain works of art have lasted so long and described, with such rich detail, our condition.
Getting all the weeping out over a good book doesn’t sound like a bad place to seek solace.
Alas, in the meantime…
-I was treating the below trend as part of a generalized decline of organized religion in America; some eventual taming of the frontier into more shopworn, European ideological disputes:
Will Wilkinson at the Niskanen Center: ‘How Libertarian Democracy Skepticism Infected the American Right’
Do people in a cohort identified by name really listen to writers giving advice to their cohort?:
‘How classical liberalism became weaponized anti-socialism
The history of 20th century libertarian thought comes into focus when you view it as an attempt to preserve the humanitarian blessings of the liberal, capitalist market order against the illiberal depredations of encroaching socialism.
F.A. Hayek saw the Nazis and Soviets up close. In the early 1940s, when Hayek began writing The Road to Serfdom, the Nazis (who ruled his native Austria) were locked in a death-match for control of Europe with Stalin’s totalitarian communism and the scattered remnants of the old liberal order. Capitalist liberal democracy looked like it really might be doomed. Hayek believed that 18th and 19th century arguments for “the liberal creed” had grown stale, no longer inspiring allegiance. So he took it upon himself to restate and defend the argument for liberalism in contemporary terms against the specific threats to freedom in the age of the Soviets and Nazis.’
Speaking of weaponized libertarian anti-socialism-More on Title IX consequences, and the presumption of guilt and subjection to extra-legal authority some individuals have undergone within our universities…caught within a dragnet harming the environment of free-thought: ‘Pursuit of Injustice: Further Adventures Under Title IX:’
‘The tribulations resulting from trumped-up Title IX cases have been well documented by Laura Kipnis, among others. Some of them have spun off into legal proceedings. My experience at the University of Utah shows that Title IX can beget other kinds of administrative tribunals in higher education.
I’m still waiting for the other shoe to drop.’
It’s important to point-out that Laura Kipnis is a former Marxist-materialist, but nevertheless takes a principled stand against the overreach and authoritarian consequences of Title IX rules applied across the land. All Is Clear On Title IX And The State Of The Humanities?
A little behind the times might not be bad place to rest for a bit:
Roger Scruton gives J.K. Rowling her due, but spells aren’t prayers?
Welcome to the real world Harry. pic.twitter.com/Osz4PbQqTx
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