Sunday, February 27, 2005

Head-In-Ass-Ism

I know I promised no more Hunter S. Thompson, but Matt Welch, who's transforming his blog into HST central (not that that's a bad idea), has some words for the anti-HST mudslingers of National Review and the Weekly Standard that go to the heart of our present cultural divide:
Setting aside entirely the judgment on HST, does Schwartz [the WS's writer] seriously believe that the counter-culture produced no "culture"? That, for example, rock music produced nothing of artistic value after 1964? Scorcese, Coppola, Altman, Ritchie ... these people were chopped liver? Mailer, Wolfe, Talese, Dylan, Vaclav freakin' Havel (who always makes sure to identify himself as the product of the 1960s).... Revisionism is one thing, but this is head-in-ass-ism.
Indeed. Good call by National Review, by the way, in having the "president of the New York-based Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute and the Washington, D.C.-based Culture of Life Foundation...[who] spent many years in the New York magazine world" write about Hunter S. Thompson. His insights are surely valuable.

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At 1:04 AM, Blogger Dan said...

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At 1:06 AM, Blogger Dan said...

That National Review article was a disgrace. I really trust the opinion of a zealotous Catholic who met Thompson once. I used to consider The National Review and The New Republic to be roughly equal in quality in my younger years. But The New Republic's vast superiority is apparent not only in political analysis but also in cultural analysis like this. Yuk

 

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