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Re: Vexing


Of course you’re the editor to whom I refer in the opening, Kathryn — which is why you’ll see on the final copy that I’ve partly dedicated the thing to you, whether you like it or not. Ha ha! It’s all your fault, this book! Blame her, Jonah; she started it. Of course I’ll be interested to know what you think of it, Jonah, but just so you know, you’ll find it’s much more a work of popular journalism than theorizing. When my publisher bought the idea for a book, she said she wanted it to be a conversational book in which actual people talked about their experiences living as self-defined countercultural conservatives. I think this was a wise decision, though I did hear from a thoughtful intellectual friend who read the galleys, and said though he found a lot of this stuff resonated deeply with him, he wished it had been heavier on theory. Anyway, what I hope the book does is revive an old but (mostly) friendly debate on the American right between those of us who are on the traditionalist wing of conservatism, versus the libertarian wing, which has been the more dominant in recent years (if readers will buy George H. Nash’s wonderful history of American conservative thought post-1945, which we discussed not long ago on The Corner, they’ll know exactly what I’m talking about).


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