Magazine | August 25, 2014, Issue

Letters

The Revision of Klinghoffer

One of the reasons for the Jewish outcry against The Death of Klinghoffer, which was mentioned in The Week (July 21), was the original final scene, in which Klinghoffer’s neighbors in the town where he lived discuss the great deal Klinghoffer got on the cruise on which he was murdered by Palestinian terrorists. The neighbors do not yet know of the murder. This scene is a slur against Jews in general, not just Israelis, as being unduly interested in money. At the time The Death of Klinghoffer premiered, Frank Rich, in the New York Times, blasted the opera, mentioning this scene. It was later removed from the opera, but its original existence discredits the idea that the composer and librettist were neutral or balanced.

Frank Boardman

Athens, Ga.

Kirk’s Balanced Mind

In “Let Your Right Brain Run Free” (July 7), Adam Bellow writes:

With apologies to Russell Kirk, the conservative mind is unbalanced — hyper-developed in one respect, completely undeveloped in another. It’s time to correct this imbalance and take the culture war into the field of culture proper.

Years ago, Russell Kirk, who possessed a supremely balanced mind and who authored ghostly yarns and tales of fantasy, called for imaginative conservatives to participate in the popular culture, particularly in television. He might be cited in support of Bellow’s similar call. See, for example, Kirk’s essay “The Age of Sentiments.” One version of this essay even ends with the cry “To the studios, men of high sentiments!”

R. Craig Atkinson

Lemoore, Calif.

Endangered? Specious!

Dear bronzed and tanned National Review editors,

Those of us with red hair and fair skin hoped to gain massive federal largess, as did the snail darter and the spotted owl, when it was reported our mutant species was due for extinction. Now, The Week (August 11) reports that our road to the financial Promised Land is no more based on “science.”

Damn you, National Review! A pox on your house for crushing the federally funded hopes and dreams of my fellow mutants and our families.

Yours in sunburned solidarity with my brothers and sisters facing extinction,

Sherm Johnson

Carmel, Ind.

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Anti-Semitism, Old and New

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Subsidized Decline

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Latvia Divided

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Crazy Train

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Letters

The Revision of Klinghoffer One of the reasons for the Jewish outcry against The Death of Klinghoffer, which was mentioned in The Week (July 21), was the original final scene, in ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ We endorse the president’s annual pilgrimage to Martha’s Vineyard. When he starts groaning about inequality, it’s impossible to hear him over the yacht engines. ‐ When the House impeached Bill ...
The Long View

Bethesda Mental-Health Clinic

THERAPIST’S NOTES: MODERATE-REPUBLICAN GROUP SESSION Session One: The group assembles in the small conference room. Although anonymity is preferred for this kind of therapy, the qualities of this particular therapy and this ...
Athwart

The Cupcake Cops

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Politics & Policy

Poetry

AN ARTIST’S DEATH For Bryant I’ve often thought of writing about you, And how your voice once filled the little square How there was very little I could do Except go to the funeral home, ...
Happy Warrior

A Pot of Message

Not a week before (or maybe after) the great book editor Adam Bellow made the cover of this very pamphlet with a clarion call for conservative art, I met him ...

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Liberalism as Faith

The British philosopher John Gray is not someone to shy away from ‘difficult’ topics. If you are looking for a provocative long read this weekend, his new article in the Times Literary Supplement ought to be a contender. I didn’t agree with all of it (for example, I would argue that the supposedly ... Read More
Culture

Our Cultural Crisis: A Kirkian Response

Editors’ note: The following article is adapted from a speech the author delivered at the Heritage Foundation on March 14, 2018. Few would dispute that we are in the middle of a grave cultural crisis. A despairing conservative critic wrote: “We are on the road to cultural disaster.” He placed the ... Read More
Politics & Policy

An Enduring Error

Editor’s Note: The following piece originally appeared in City Journal. It is reprinted here with permission. Fifty-one years ago, in July 1967, in response to an explosion of rioting in poor black urban neighborhoods around the United States, President Lyndon B. Johnson created the National Advisory ... Read More
Culture

The Mournful, Magnificent Sally Mann

‘Does the earth remember?" The infinitely gifted photographer Sally Mann asks this question in the catalogue of her great retrospective at the National Gallery in Washington. On view there is her series of Civil War battlefield landscapes, among the most ravishing works of art from the early 2000s. Once sites ... Read More
Economy & Business

How the Constitution Limits State Taxes

Must a company have a physical presence in a state for that state to require it to collect taxes? The Supreme Court is considering that question, which has grown more important as online sales have taken off. The Competitive Enterprise Institute has submitted an excellent brief arguing that the answer is yes, at ... Read More