Legendary American Novelist on the Fantasy of Western Popular Culture

Insightful words from Philip Roth:

The power in any society is with those who get to impose the fantasy. It is no longer, as it was for centuries throughout Europe, the church that imposes its fantasy on the populace, nor is it the totalitarian superstate that imposes the fantasy, as it did for 12 years in Nazi Germany and for 69 years in the Soviet Union. Now the fantasy that prevails is the all-consuming, voraciously consumed popular culture, seemingly spawned by, of all things, freedom. The young especially live according to beliefs that are thought up for them by the society’s most unthinking people and by the businesses least impeded by innocent ends. Ingeniously as their parents and teachers may attempt to protect the young from being drawn, to their detriment, into the moronic amusement park that is now universal, the preponderance of the power is not with them.

Roe at 41

Excellent article. Recent abortion cases have uncovered a weakness in the arguments of the Roe court: if the harms of unwanted pregnancy are largely those of future economic and personal hardship, not pregnancy itself, then the fathers of unborn children have nearly as much right as mothers to terminate a pregnancy. And if men who cause their sexual partners to have unwanted abortions (that’s what happened in some of these cases) can be prosecuted for feticide, why does the law define the fetus as a person if killed by his father and as a non-person, Constitutionally speaking, if killed by his mother?

Dan Quayle Was Right

Potato may be spelled with an “e” or without one, but single parenting is not ideal for kids. Dan Quayle was right on the more important issue.

So though I’m a little late (almost a year) noticing this article (“20 years later, it turns out Dan Quayle was right about Murphy Brown and unmarried moms”), I can’t fail to post it. I see the effects of single parenting and broken families weekly.

As a dad with a stay-at-home-wife and two small children, I often think to myself, “This would be so hard to do alone.” And I’m just the dad. I sit at a desk all day.

For Belmont residents (the upper middle class to upper class), unwed childbearing and single parenting are just statistics. Worrisome, to be sure, but distant. But seriously, what happens to a society when the numbers climb higher than they are?

Review: Wordsmithy: Hot Tips for the Writing Life

Wordsmithy: Hot Tips for the Writing Life
Wordsmithy: Hot Tips for the Writing Life by Douglas Wilson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I try to be scrupulous in my use of the five stars allotted to me by the gentle people of Goodreads. Five stars means “it was amazing.” And I can’t honestly say that about this book. But it was certainly fantastic. I—four stars—”really liked it.” I chuckled and I learned. And it was short. It’s hard to beat those qualities.

All Christian writers should pick up this book, and most Christian preachers, especially those who do anything remotely close to manuscripting their sermons. Sermonizing is only one special form of the writing craft, and so much of Wilson’s advice applies.

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