Oxford, Palm Desert Rock, and Grilled Cheese

Steve Davies gives one of the best characterizations I’ve heard of the political realignment presently occurring in the West; one that is rendering traditional Left/Right designations meaningless.

In-depth, musically scorching documentary on the Palm Desert rock scene of the early ‘90s.

And an article about it.

https://www.desertsun.com/story/life/entertainment/music/2016/03/10/desert-rock-underground-finally-makes-limelight/81555766/

Interesting piece on Albert Camus, who I always thought was the best of the Existentialists.

https://quillette.com/2019/03/26/albert-camus-unfashionable-anti-totalitarian/

Obituary on the late and very great Mary Warnock, as well as an additional fascinating piece.  We don’t make people like her anymore and it is entirely our loss.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/mar/21/lady-warnock-obituary

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/mar/21/philosopher-mary-warnock-dies-aged-94-special-needs-fertility

Beautiful piece by Peter Hitchens about the Oxford that once was. I could write a similar piece about Long Island and New York City.

https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2017/11/alices-oxford

An absurdly decadent recipe for grilled cheese sandwiches.  I have made these.  You should make them too.

https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/grilled-ham-cheese-pickle-sandwiches

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  1. I absolutely love Peter Hitchens. I find a number of his stances, like his support for criminalisation of cannabis to be ridiculous, but there’s something about his brand of doomer conservatism and his personal demeanour that makes him very entertaining and quite charming too.

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    • I love him too. Even better than his brother Christopher, whom I also really liked. P.H. is the real deal. Never fake. Never misrepresents himself. Never says anything other than what he genuinely thinks. I disagree with him on quite a bit, but very much admire his honesty as well as his writing style. Like him I lament very much what has been lost culturally and wish that we could have figured out a way to progress beyond the bad elements of our predecessors without also ditching all the really good ones.

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      • I agree completely! I think that many of the issues where he is most insightful relate to what are the preconditions for a free society, particularly in relation to things like cultural cohesion and immigration, preconditions which liberals and progressives are too often complacent about. And his Larkinesque laments against the loss of traditional English culture resonate with me a lot too, with the fact that Britain is unlikely to be producing the likes of him and his brother anytime soon being a sad indication of exactly what he’s talking about.

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