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Hello, Ricochet! It is my pleasure to share my first public lecture on American cinema and society. I’ll start with thanks to my friends Tom Harmon and Matt Peterson, professors at John Paul the Great Catholic University–and, of course, to the university. And to the kids who did the audio-video work with precious little help from me. They’re too young I think for me to buy them a beer, but if they play their cards right… I’ll soon publish the written lecture, which is somewhat different, just in case not everyone wants to watch…
This is full of Tocqueville, as well as of his American students. You’ll hear a lot of things you might not like to hear, but it may be permissible in a loyal friend to criticize. And while it’s perfectly alright to plagiarize the ancients, it is not so with our contemporaries, so I’ll mention two men I talked to, read, and listened to for criticism in the run up to these 50-odd minutes of fame. One, my friend James Poulos, also a Ricochet contributor.
The other, the man who did most to mentor me in publishing, the late Peter Lawler. Many of our common friends have joined and will join me on the podcast. We’re trying to bring back something of the PostModern Conservative enterprise Peter so well led that he made us proud to be the smallest, least influential conservative faction! I believe Peter would have urged me on in preaching the gospel of middlebrow, and his help would have meant a lot to me, as well as the chance to do my podcast with him. He was both kind and ironic and his irony was part of his kindness.
Here’s the audio on soundcloud:Published in