Category Archives: English

Paul Johnson’s A History Of The English People

Writing in his prologue to the 1980 edition, Johnson wrote: * A third objection to this book is that, in its exclusive preoccupation with the English, or rather with the peoples who have occupied the land we call England, it … Continue reading

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Protecting the wisdom of the West (Classical Liberalism & Jewish Tradition)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Alexander_(professor) https://www.amazon.com/Classical-Liberalism-Jewish-Tradition-Alexander/dp/0765801531 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred,_Lord_Tennyson https://www.telelib.com/authors/T/TennysonAlfred/verse/suppressedpoems/hersperides.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lionel_Trilling Bud: “Very many of the big names in American Literature have been Jewish for a generation now. Charles Feidelson, Leslie Feidler, Nina Baym, Sacvan Bercovitch, etc. Also during this generation (between 1960-2000), the study of … Continue reading

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Watching The English By Kate Fox

Here are some highlights: Any discussion of English conversation, like any English conversation, must begin with The Weather. And in this spirit of observing traditional protocol, I shall, like every other writer on Englishness, quote Dr Johnson’s famous comment that … Continue reading

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Watching The English By Kate Fox

Here are some highlights: * ‘How’s the Englishness book going? What chapter are you working on?’ ‘The one about sex.’ ‘So, that’ll be twenty blank pages, then?’ THE KNEE-JERK HUMOUR RULE I’ve lost count of the number of times I … Continue reading

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Why the Brits do political satire so well — and Americans can barely do it at all

Michael Hiltzik writes: To serve this end, American producers become obsessed with making their characters lovable. The idea is to give the audiences characters they’re comfortable welcoming into their homes week after week, year after year. So the rough edges … Continue reading

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