What the World Is Really Like: Nick Gillespie Talks Humanities, Free Speech, What Motivates His Journalism, More
Great interview. I was particularly intrigued with Nick's take on Gatsby, which I'm in the midst of re-reading. It's similar to my take on Appointment in Samarra, which I've come to prefer over Gatsby for Appointment's grittiness and attention to detail. I think Appointment is underrated.
Appointment represents a conflict between ancestry and money as status. And money wins. I doubt that was O'Hara's intention. Made me think of the decline of Noblesse Oblige.
In case there's an interest, below is a link to my post.
Such a great insight. “The ones who’d come of age a decade later were more like ministers who were teaching young preachers the one correct interpretation of the Bible so that they could go out and enforce a single reading of every aspect of American culture. “
That was really good.
The P.K. Dick insights are something to be considered.
This blows me away. Gillespie is spot on. Thank you so much for this great article.
Great interview! I didn’t know Gillespie’s work or ideas at all before reading this and now I’m interested. I’ve always been suspicious of libertarians, but here’s a guy who’s obviously poked into corners and made connections I’d never have been able to make. I may not agree with all of it but he’s clearly not casual or lazy about his analysis. I think some libertarians may be, but that’s true of every political leaning. There are always people who come to a way of thinking as a way of avoiding thinking. Gillespie is a grand exception, it appears.
A very eloquent case for the value of the humanities, particularly literature. I would like to read his thoughts on how a literate libertarianism can respond to the American right’s descent into populist and nativist authoritarianism.
Excellent; will read again later. Everyone wants to be Nick Carraway today, forget that he's the villain to anyone who reads the book seriously.
I was surprised by that photo of Balzac. He looks like a regular guy.