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Monkee Read, Monkee Do

Mike:

For the merits or otherwise of Jacques Barzun’s work I refer readers to my forthcoming essay “Rosicrucian Themes in Twentieth-Century American Historiography” in the Fall issue of Phenomenological Hermeneutics Quarterly.

I just want to point out that Micky Dolenz’s reading list also includes E.O. Wilson’s On Human Nature, a book so deeply, iredeemably politically incorrect that I quoted at length from it in We Are Doomed (p. 145).

I also told everyone’s favorite Wilson story. It bears re-telling:

Wilson featured in one of the more colorful incidents in the nature-nurture war. At an American Association for the Advancement of Science symposium in 1978, he had a pitcher of ice water dumped on his head by Culturists chanting, “Racist Wilson you can’t hide, we charge you with genocide!”

Wilson is, in short, a good egg, and I congratulate the former Monkee for his intelligent perspicacity.

The Monkees’ music, though, was low-grade pap.

John Derbyshire — Mr. Derbyshire is a former contributing editor of National Review.

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