- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 17, 2005

Guilty as charged

“George Clooney’s movie ‘Good Night, and Good Luck,’ about pious parson Edward R. Murrow and Sen. Joseph McCarthy, failed to produce one person unjustly accused by McCarthy. …

“Meanwhile, I can prove that Murrow’s good friend Lawrence Duggan was a Soviet spy responsible for having innocent people murdered. …

“After being questioned by the FBI, Duggan leapt from a window….

“After Duggan’s death, Murrow, along with the rest of the howling establishment, angrily denounced the idea that Duggan could possibly have been disloyal to America.

“Well, now we know the truth. Decrypted Soviet cables and mountains of documents from Soviet archives prove beyond doubt that Lawrence Duggan was one of Stalin’s most important spies. ‘McCarthyism’ didn’t kill him; his guilt did.”

Ann Coulter, writing on “Are you now or have you ever been a second-rate filmmaker?” Wednesday in WorldNetDaily at www.worldnetdaily.com

Magic place

“Marvelous writing in our culture has two homes, children’s literature and science fiction, and in his 40s [C.S.] Lewis began to work in both. His first effort, the trilogy that begins with ‘Out of the Silent Planet,’ is essentially science fiction written against science. What is really out there is not more machines but bigger mysteries. But these books are lacking in vitality, and seem worked out rather than lived in. … It was only … when he began to write, quickly and almost carelessly, about the magic world of Narnia, that he began to find a deeper vein of feeling.

“What is so moving about the Narnia stories is that, though Lewis began with a number of haunted images … he never wrote down to, or even for, children, except to use them as characters, and to make his sentences one shade simpler than usual. He never tries to engineer an entertainment for kids. He writes, instead, as real writers must, a real book for a circle of readers large and small, and the result is a fairy tale that includes, encyclopedically, everything he feels most passionate about: the nature of redemption, the problem of pain, the Passion and the Resurrection, all set in his favored mystical English winter-and-spring landscape.”

Adam Gopnik, writing on “Prisoner of Narnia,” in the Nov. 21 issue of the New Yorker

Forever groovy

“By 1979, you were as likely to hear the tune ‘Good Vibrations’ in a Sunkist TV commercial as on the radio.

“By sheer force of numbers, boomers quickly toppled the martini-drinking, WW II generation and substituted their cultural references. In recent years they’ve repelled the next generations — let’s call them the post-boomers for lack of a satisfying rubric that encompasses Gens X, Y, and Z — from taking cultural control.

“That’s not to say boomers have locked out the post-boomer sensibility. Quite to the contrary — they’ve co-opted post-boomer references to maintain their position. For instance, Madison Avenue boomers happily mashed up the generations that came before and after them with that Lee Iacocca-Snoop Dogg Chrysler commercial, which alerted everybody in the nation to izzle-speak. But the cultural frame of reference — the odd couple of the duffer meets the ghetto-slangster — remains distinctly boomer.”

Jack Shafer, writing “The New Power Generation,” Tuesday in Slate at www.slate.com

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