October 12, 2010

A Bit of the Book

Justin Katz

My peculiar visage is currently at the top of Ted Nesi's WPRI.com blog, mentioning my essay in Proud to Be Right:

His contribution is a seven-page essay titled "A Nonconforming Reconstruction" that recounts his experience as a Gen X conservative and his belief that "the peculiarity of our time is that one must ... be conservative to be contrarian." It's not a particularly political piece, though, at least in a narrowly partisan sense; it's more philosophical.

Partly because my essay's focus isn't on college, which is a particular area of concern for people who are particularly concerned with "young" anythings, the more encompassing reviews that I've read haven't gone much beyond allusions to my contribution. See here, here, here, and especially here, where one will find the following:

The reader jumps from social conservatives to libertarians, from the home-schooled to hipsters, from proud contrarians to devout traditionalists, and a few unclassifiable whats-its, such as a self-proclaimed leptogonian.

The point of my essay, as I hope you'll all take the time to find out, is that traditionalists are contrarian, in our era, and real freedom can only come from self-mastery and a willingness to learn and draw from the past.

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Congratulations! Is this a different essay?

Posted by: michael at October 13, 2010 12:05 PM

Thanks. Yes, the first essay was a bit too different in style than the other contributors' offerings.

Posted by: Justin Katz at October 13, 2010 12:09 PM