I read The Closing of the American Mind for a graduate seminar, and recall being distinctly unimpressed. The famous complaints about music came off as so much "kids these days" rhetoric. And while conservatives want to conserve something, but that something is usually not Freud, Nietzsche, and 1930s politics (though this is no more arbitrary than wanting to preserve 1950s politics, which is more common). This article, however, has almost convinced me the book may be worth revisiting.

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