Socializing with David Brooks6:00 PM, Mar 17, 2011 • By MATT KATZENBERGER
If you want to see how liberals age, visit Washington D.C. bookstore Politics and Prose. Conservative columnist David Brooks braved the crowd there Wednesday tonight, touting his latest book, The Social Animal. Brooks’ favored-son status among the liberal intelligentsia slightly diminishes the heroism of his trip, though tensions did rise when he praised Reagan’s economic revolution.
The assembled laughed if Brooks was witty, gasped if he was shocking, and when he was sentimental a few shed a tear (just one). But, mingling with the crowd, one senses that they are not a happy bunch. Particularly the men. In their dour expressions one sees a warning to the next generation against a life lived with a gender-neutral ideology, which apparently is a vitality-sapping corrosive.
Luckily for the younger ones present, Brooks was there to offer a new course. Ever the itinerant preacher, Brooks decried idolizing an Ivy League education, perfect SAT score, and amoral parenting. The gospel he preached consisted of living a values-based life in a supportive community. Some critics have essentially called The Social Animal’s message and the underlying social science snake oil, yet Brooks’ status as a public intellectual is not in question and he can certainly hold your attention. The few young liberals present were undoubtedly there to learn how they can eventually retire and spend their evenings at Politics and Prose. For them, there is at least the hope that Brooks set them on a new path. For the older men, there is only the promise of another book talk.
Matt Katzenberger is an intern at THE WEEKLY STANDARD.
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The revenge of the patricians.Jan 27, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 19 • By DAVID BROOKS
PEOPLE IN TENNESSEE couldn't even agree which side to fight on in the Civil War, but today they are united around one proposition: Bill Frist is a wonderful guy. You meet diehard Democrats who think Bill Frist is a wonderful guy, alongside Confederate loyalists. Tobacco-spitting rednecks think Bill Frist is wonderful. So do liberal college professors, suburban rabbis, African-American preachers, society dames, and minivan moms. They really should put it on the license plate: "Tennessee--Home of Bill Frist, Who Is a Wonderful Guy."
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An unearthed letter from the great guitarist gives some insight into the Woodstock generation.11:00 PM, Jan 2, 2003 • By DAVID BROOKS
LAST SUNDAY, the New York Times magazine published a document so amazing, I assumed that it would set off a world-wide sensation, a great cacophony of breast-beating, disillusion, and internal crisis. It was a letter Jimmy Hendrix wrote to his father in August 1965. The letter describes the marketing strategy Hendrix planned to use to get rich.
Dominance for Republicans. Vindication for the president. And a good showing from the American people.12:15 AM, Nov 6, 2002 • By DAVID BROOKS
WELL, I'M HUMBLED. For the past two months me and just about every other pundit under the sun have been saying the same thing: There is no theme to this election, no trend. This nation is divided down the middle.
Wrong. This nation is still closely divided. The Republicans should not read a radical ideological mandate into the results tonight. But there is a trend here. The American people are fundamentally serious.
They know that the most important problem facing the country right now is terrorism and security. They know that George W.
Giants, toasters, Bobos, crooked senators, and more.11:00 PM, Oct 27, 2002 • By
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I have been frustrated by the great American toaster for several years (Larry Miller, You Gotta Have a Toaster, Right?). I have taken the cheap toaster route, I have taken the expensive toaster route. None of them last for more than six months. The great American toaster no longer exists.
It's tough trying to figure out who to root for in this year's Very Bobo World Series.12:00 AM, Oct 18, 2002 • By DAVID BROOKS
NOW THAT THE Anaheim Angels have reached the World Series, baseball nuts from Washington will be able to take the perfect conservative flight, from Ronald Reagan National Airport in D.C. to John Wayne Airport in Orange County.
But who to root for? Both teams are endearing, and both managers deserve a championship. In cases like this you have to think culturally, and here, of course, it's not even close.
We're talking about a contest between the Bay Area and Orange County. The Bay Area, of course, is the land of the Birkenstock billionaires.
From the August 12/August 19, 2002 issue: America's newest suburbs.Aug 12, 2002, Vol. 7, No. 46 • By DAVID BROOKS
I DON'T KNOW if you've ever noticed the expression of a man who is about to buy a first-class barbecue grill. He walks into a Home Depot or Lowe's or one of the other mega hardware complexes and his eyes are glistening with a faraway visionary zeal, like one of those old prophets gazing into the promised land. His lips are parted and twitching slightly. Inside the megastore, the grills are just past the racks of affordable- house plan books, in the yard-machinery section.
The end of history, Bobos, and biotechnology.Feb 4, 2002, Vol. 7, No. 20 • By PETER AUGUSTINE LAWLER
HUMAN NATURE--the very idea of a human nature--has been under assault for centuries. That philosophical, historical, and anthropological attack is now fading, and end-of-history theorists, followed by sociobiologists, have come riding to human nature's defense. But they are curious defenders. Neither the alleged end of history, nor the supposed truths of sociobiology, seem to provide any real grounding for what is distinctively human in nature.
Politics and culture after September 11.Nov 5, 2001, Vol. 7, No. 08 • By DAVID BROOKS
"A SINGULAR FACT OF MODERN WAR," the historian Bruce Catton once wrote, "is that it takes charge. Once begun it has to be carried to its conclusion, and carrying it there sets in motion events that may be beyond men's control. Doing what has to be done to win, men perform acts that alter the very soil in which society's roots are nourished." Catton was writing about the Civil War, but his observation applies to most wars, and it will likely apply to the war to which we are now committed.
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