How Not To Write About Culture

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THE PLANK AUGUST 22, 2009

How Not To Write About Culture

From a new review of three Woodstock books in The Weekly Standard, courtesy of the endlessly charming P.J. O'Rourke:

No social phenomenon can be completely analyzed, thoroughly critiqued, and given its full philosophical due in just one word. Except Woodstock. Altamont.

And that--except for the shaded sidebar containing the titles of the reviewed books--should be the end of this book review. However, the long weekend of August 15-17, 1969, was one of the great where-weren't-you? moments of recent history. Along with 202,177,000 other Americans, where I wasn't was at Woodstock.

Oh dear. For a smart take on conservatves and culture, check out this Conor Friedersdorf Doublethink piece.

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