Author Archives: Max West

The Songs of Jeong & Lee

This essay is also cross-posted at Counter-Currents here. The late founder of modern Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, is famous for observing: “In multiracial societies, you don’t vote in accordance with your economic interests and social interests, you vote in accordance … Continue reading

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Bangladeshi Asks: “What Happened to the U.S.A?”

A NYT op-ed titled “What Happened to the Country That Made Us Citizens?” by Naureen Khan begins: The day my parents took their oath of citizenship… You can pretty much predict the rest. My family immigrated to the United States … Continue reading

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Who Best to Introduce Cormac McCarthy?

Rachel Kushner, who for reasons I can’t comprehend was selected to write the Introduction to a new Picador edition of Cormac McCarthy’s ‘Border Trilogy’ writes: As I revisited the trilogy recently, I was in a home office that is walking … Continue reading

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On the 10th Anniversary of “Step Brothers” (2008)

Why does every culture-related interview have to inject Trumphitler? What is amazing is how insular their world is, so insular and monolithic in political opinion that journalistic interviewers, when interviewing A-listers and whatnot, have full confidence that their Trump insults … Continue reading

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NYT’s Q&A w/Billy Joel

Virtually every NYT culture story injects Trumphitler into the mix. They just can’t help themselves (“Billy Joel’s Got a Good Job and Hits in His Head”). After sustained Q&A about his musical past and present, the reporter (Rob Tannenbaum) throws out … Continue reading

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Judas Priest – Victim of Changes (1983; live)

In 1983, this is how you did it. Fantastic rendition, with the band firing on all cylinders.

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Religiosity & Ethnicity: Jewish Identity Trends in the U.S.

Cohen, S.M. 2001. “Religiosity and ethnicity: Jewish identity trends in the United States”, in Who owns Judaism? Public religion and private Faith in America and Israel, vol. XVII, ed. E. Lederhendler, pp. 101-130. Oxford University Press. Cohen identifies 6 dimensions … Continue reading

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No Good Heroes in an Occupation

If you look underneath the surface, the world of contemporary B-movies (aka ‘straight to video’) contains a plethora of films channeling the zeitgeist’s inner anxieties about illegal immigration. Two recent examples: Occupation (2018): A small group of town residents have … Continue reading

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Religion as a Channel of Jewish Ethnicity

From “Accounting for Jewish Secularism: Is a New Cultural Identity Emerging?” by Bruce A. Phillips. Source: Contemporary Jewry, Vol. 30, No. 1, Special Issue: Jewish Secularism (June 2010), pp. 63-85: All Jewish immigrants, regardless of when they came, brought with them … Continue reading

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The ‘Nervousness’ of the Jew

Excerpt from Abraham Myerson’s “The ‘Nervousness’ of the Jew,” Mental Hygiene 4 (1920): 65–72: It is idle, of course, to deny that the Jew has an innate character, different from that of other races, which perhaps predisposes him to psychoneuroses … Continue reading

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