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Turning Heritage into History

Disenthralling ourselves from the past is an American tradition, and gaining a clear-eyed vision of the flaws and achievements of previous generations is itself part of our heritage.

Culture and the Front Porch

What is culture? What hath attachment to do with culture? Why are front porches necessary for culture?

Notre Dame and the Need for the Past

We know now that much of the Notre Dame Cathedral survived and that it will be rebuilt. But while the fire at...

The American Bookstore: A List

Go here to read the first part of this two-part essay on the American Bookstore. Several hours before a home game at the University of Michigan,...

The American Bookstore: Prologue

Some months ago I stood in a basement bookstore in suburban Maryland and pondered a relic of the 1960s, an artifact of...

Iris Chang and the Delicate Art of Remembering

A proper remembering requires more than telling the facts or chronicling the plunder, rape, murder in Nanking; it requires that one explain the event.

A Product of Speed

Nostalgia is, therefore, an index of alienation, communal decrepitude, and, at high levels, cultural patricide.