In its crusade against the politicization of contemporary culture, The New Criterion is -- on the whole, in the main, and not to put too fine a point on it -- right.The comment thread at CT is worth a look, as Michael Bérubé gets some chops in, and then Scialabba (which I am remembering how to spell by thinking of it as a dialectal variant of "see ya later!") shows up. Best MB quote:
You may know that I have a fondness for conservatives who aren’t hard-bitten ideologues and who take arts and letters seriously; I miss them the way I miss Republicans who understood economics.Scialabba has a paperback out, What Are Intellectuals For?, which I think I'm going to have to find somewhere.
My own thought is much like Scialabba's: the politics of TNC are childish at best, but I like to pick it up for the reviews.