Conor Friedersdorf Doublethink

How Not To Write About Culture
August 22, 2009

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.