Quintessentially White

Jared Taylor, American Renaissance, May 25, 3012

Trollope
The white magic of Anthony Trollope.

It is hard to think of behavior that is genuinely exclusive to one race. Naming one’s daughter Quaneesha or leaving one’s estate to the Sons of Confederate Veterans are as close as anything I can think of, but there are others that are not far off: having 30 children by 11 women, volunteering for the Red Cross, or living under a bridge after a career with the NFL. Certain things just seem to be quintessentially black or white.

It occurred to me, as I read the last few pages of Barchester Towers, that a taste for Anthony Trollope is something else that sends an almost unerring racial signal. You could add “reads Trollope” to the profile of people you would like to meet through a dating service, and you wouldn’t have to specify race. Assuming Detroit still has public libraries, I would guess that the few lonely Trollope volumes never leave the shelves.

Trollope is one of my favorite authors—I have read a dozen of his novels—but probably even in the eyes of most whites he has little to recommend him. In Barchester Towers there is no sex. There is no violence—with the exception of a lady who soundly boxes the ear of a man who forgets himself so far as to put his arm around her waist. There are no car chases—cars had not been invented—no shipwrecks, no abductions, no mistaken identities, no great matters of state, in fact, nothing that would make for excitement by contemporary standards.

Barchester Towers is a story of 19th-century church politics, set in the fictional British cathedral town of Barchester. Most of the characters are curates, chaplains, archdeacons, bishops, minor canons, deans, prebendaries, and their families. I don’t know how it would be possible to make a novel sound more boring. But Trollope was a genius, who filled his stories with finely drawn personalities whose passions and follies and triumphs and weaknesses are as vivid as anything in literature. Within the unpromising limits of rural England, he invents high drama that is all the more compelling because his characters are so ordinary.

I greatly admire Trollope’s ability to portray the subtleties of human behavior. He analyzes motives and describes choices with great assurance and considerable wit. It must be admitted that he sometimes puts his characters into improbable fixes, but this only gives him a greater range of emotions to depict. To read one of his novels is to take a tour of the human mind, with one of the English language’s great stylists as your guide.

Trollope wrote in sentences that are sometimes long but always well crafted. He makes classical allusions. He expects his readers to enjoy language as much as he does, and to be unafraid of antique and unusual turns of phrase. In other words, people who are forced to read him before they are old enough to understand him hate him just as they hate Shakespeare or Dickens, but for those who discover him when they are ready, he is pure joy.

I skimped in my description of Barchester Towers. It is about church politics, but it is also about love. With few exceptions, Trollope’s novels follow at least one couple to the point of a declaration, but there are always snags, and the lady is as likely to spurn her lover as she is to accept him.

I don’t know why reviewers of novels so seldom let the novelist speak for himself, but Trollope is worth quoting almost at random. Here he describes the state of mind of a 40-year-old prelate, who has become acquainted with an agreeable young widow:

He had, as was his wont, asked himself a great many questions, and given himself a great many answers; and the upshot of this was that he had set himself down for an ass. He had determined that he was much too old and much too rusty to commence the manoeuvres of love-making; that he had let the time slip through his hands which should have been used for such purposes; and that now he must lie on his bed as he had made it. Then he asked himself whether in truth he did love this woman; and he answered himself, not without a long struggle, but at least honestly, that he certainly did love her. . . He also decided that Eleanor did not care a straw for him. Then he made up his mind not to think of her any more, and went on thinking of her till he was almost in a state to drown himself in the little brook which ran at the bottom of the archdeacon’s grounds.

And here is the redoubtable Signora Neroni, ravishingly beautiful, but a married woman and a cripple who must spend her life on a couch. She fascinates all men who meet her, including the unfortunate Mr. Slope:

As for the signora . . . she cared no more for Mr Slope than she did for twenty others who had been at her feet before him. She willingly, nay greedily, accepted his homage. He was the finest fly that Barchester had hitherto afforded to her web; and the signora was a powerful spider that made wondrous webs, and could in no way live without catching flies. Her taste in this respect was abominable, for she had no use for the victims when caught. She could not eat them matrimonially as young lady-flies do whose webs are most frequently of their mother’s weaving. Nor could she devour them by any escapade of a less legitimate description. Her unfortunate affliction precluded her from all hope of levanting with a lover. It would be impossible to run away with a lady who required three servants to move her from a sofa. . . .

Mr. Slope was madly in love, but hardly knew it. The signora spitted him, as a boy does a cockchafer on a cork, that she might enjoy the energetic agony of his gyrations. And she knew very well what she was doing.

Needless to say, ladies do not like the signora, and Mrs. Proudie, the bishop’s wife, does not even leaven her feelings with any hope of reform:

Her dislike of Signora Neroni was too deep to admit of her even hoping that that lady should see the error of her ways. Mrs. Proudie looked on the signora as one of the lost,—one of those beyond the reach of Christian charity, and was therefore able to enjoy the luxury of hating her, without the drawback of wishing her eventually well out of her sins.

Sentences like these were not written for speed reading, but they are full of entertainment for those who take the time to find it. Some people like this kind of writing and some don’t. Some people like opera and some don’t. But I think it is hard to like Anthony Trollope and not be white.

This is hardly unique to Trollope, of course. All the great authors of Western literature—and some critics do not even rank Trollope among the really great—have the same subtle understanding of human nature and make the same demands on readers. They appeal to a sensibility that is not only thoroughly adult, but adult in a way that is thoroughly European. I suppose there must be a few Frenchified Senegalese who read Stendahl for pleasure, but it takes a real effort of imagination to conjure them up.

And this, of course, is one of the reasons why curricula are changing. Hispanics and blacks do not see the point of reading Tolstoy or studying Italian, and as their share of the population increases, colleges and high schools will give up trying even to get whites to do these things. And some unfortunate whites who have been taught to think that Alice Walker and Rigoberta Menchu are great writers will never discover what great writing really is.

I am not saying that you have to read Antony Trollope to be genuinely white; far from it. But those who have not read yet him have in store an experience that is, I believe, quintessentially white.

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Jared Taylor
Jared Taylor is the editor of American Renaissance and the author of White Identity: Racial Consciousness in the 21st Century.
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  • generalquagmyer

    Personally, my tastes run more toward Ruyard Kipling. Growing up in the ’70s, it was a bit embarrassing to say so, as he was so strongly associated with British colonialism and low-intensity racism.

    This guy Trollope–though I wasn’t familiar with him–seems to create the effect of a deeply intellectual person maneuvering tiny characters around on a stage in his head. Kipling was grandiosely extroverted, yet at times deeply emotional, perhaps most so in “The Light That Failed.”

    As a teenager, it was hard for me to reconcile how an author could be so tied in to human feelings while glorifying empire and the virtues of being white. In the years since Rhodesia became Zimbabwe and such though, it’s become easier to reconcile as well as to understand that, while not everything white people do is unambiguously good, we certainly do it thoroughly and on a grand scale.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bardon-Kaldian/100003542251801 Bardon Kaldian

      I don’t know what you’ll think of it -perhaps you’ve read it already- but Orwell wrote a famous essay on Kipling: http://orwell.ru/library/reviews/kipling/english/e_rkip 

      • generalquagmyer

        A very insightful essay, articulating things I’ve often vaguely thought. Favorite line:

        “…it is doubtful whether the blimps have ever read him with attention, any more than they have read the Bible. “

      • Bergeron

         Great link. Thanks.

  • CountessOlivia

    It saddens me to read this, but every word is true. Our great culture, which has spread civilization throughout the world, is systematically being destroyed by the “great unwashed”. God help us, because we truly need Divine Intervention.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/NJHKQRABC5PGU3HDYZM6N4DLAM David Brims

      ” God help us because we truly need Divine Intervention.”

      I quite agree, Christian Europe is collapsing, over run by Cultural Marxism, Islam and Africans.

      Have you ever heard of The Three Days of Darkness ? Google it. Padre Pio had a vision of it and if Padre Pio had a vision of it, you know it’s true.

      Now you may think it’s preposterous but then if I said to you in 1980 two airplanes will crash into the Twin Towers in 2001. You would think I was mad.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bardon-Kaldian/100003542251801 Bardon Kaldian

        Forget about it, it’s Catholic version of Left Behind apocalyptic lunacy. And Padre Pio actually didn’t prophesy this stuff- most likely it’s a forgery.

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/NJHKQRABC5PGU3HDYZM6N4DLAM David Brims

          Well, you could be right.

      • Sheila Dinehart

        boo hoo, cry me a river…what are you doing about it.?…ever heard of the propaganda of the deed…actions speak louder than words

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/NJHKQRABC5PGU3HDYZM6N4DLAM David Brims

          And your point is ?

    • Church_of_Jed
    • Sheila Dinehart

      actually not devine intervention

      something a little more *simple*

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bardon-Kaldian/100003542251801 Bardon Kaldian

    I’d have to disagree with Mr. Taylor on this- although in a convoluted way. As I see it- and, I’d say, other non-PC critics- greatest Western narrative authors are so entrancing because they are so universal or, to be more precise- they have described or expressed the human potential in the fullest- unlike other cultures’/races’ authors (most of them).

    I would replace “White” in descriptions of Trollope & others with “most developed” or “universal”. But- I don’t see anything particularly White about them. And, more importantly- the great Hispanic, Japanese, Black … authors are influenced by them, so it’s not that White great fiction writers are incomprehensible to mentally developed Indians or Chinese or Blacks- they’re just absolutely irrelevant to Black & Hispanic & .. thugs & lowlife parasites.

    We know that Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s greatest influences are Faulkner, Dostoevsky, Conrad and Kafka; for Murakami, the greatest author is Dostoevsky; Yukio Mishima was influenced by Racine and Thomas Mann; Ralph Ellison by Dostoevsky and Kafka; Toni Morrison-although she denies it- by Faulkner;…

    But, yes…what can Milton, Chekhov, Emerson, Conrad, Proust,.. say to average contemporary Black- even if he’s not a thug ?

    • Church_of_Jed

      Mr. Taylor has raised a much needed issue: What writers are the Whitest of the White? 

      Besides the explicitly White, such as insightful racists like Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, John Campbell, Hinton Rowan Helper, Charles Carroll, Lothrop Stoddard, Madison Grant, Thomas Dixon, Anthony Jacob, Carlton Putnam, Jean Raspial, and Wilmot Robertson, we also need to list implicit Whites, i.e. those who appeal to Whites Only.

      I can’t imagine N’groes reading for pleasure and  uplift a Cervantes, Samuel Johnson, or Jane Austen, or Herman Melville, or Robert Penn Warren. Or the women diarists who survived the Yankee war against the Southern people, and who wrote from explicit Whiteness  when describing, in cryptic terms,  the sexual immorality of black females.

      Will Mr. Taylor please give us his master reading list for literate Whites Only enrichment?

      I may be just a vile, sick, ignorant racist who bitterly clings to his loaded guns and White religion, but I’m pretty sure that the blacks don’t enjoy Scots Wa Hae, Muleskinner Blues, or I Walk the Line, so that’s what I’ll listen to next. 

      • JohnEngelman

        I can’t imagine N’groes reading for pleasure and  uplift a Cervantes, Samuel Johnson, or Jane Austen, or Herman Melville, or Robert Penn Warren.          
        - Church_of_Jed
                  
               
        One of the most fascinating friends I ever had, who was a black English professor at Howard University, loved Robert Penn Warren. He was fluent in German and French. He was also getting a PhD. For his foreign language requirement he was learning ancient Greek. When I asked him why he was learning such a difficult language when he already knew French and German he replied, “I want to show those white boys what I can do.” 
                  
        Because he was attractive and charming half the girls in his freshman English class had a crush on him. He had too much integrity to take advantage of that, however. 

        • Church_of_Jed

          Out of millions, you’ll find an exception.

          Don’t worry about his- it’s the typical N’groes who you need to fear, and they come in million…

        • StivD

          “I want to show these white boys what I can do”

          That’s a heck of a quote on a site like this…Strange to be in favor of it.

        • Bob Johnson

          Sounds like an interesting guy.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bardon-Kaldian/100003542251801 Bardon Kaldian

        There are significant Black authors who dwarf re accomplishment many of the mentioned “authors”. For instance, James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison, Derek Walcott, August Wilson, Toni Morrison,..

        • StivD

          Their writing is very narrow in scope. They usually only write novels dealing with the same po’ black folks theme. They never really broaden(ed) their writing to include other things.

          Easier to write propaganda at times.

      • Sheila Dinehart

        Henry James, Edith Wharton for starters, Katherin Ann Porter’s The Ship of Fools…

    • http://www.facebook.com/JaredTaylorX Jared Taylor

      Yes, there is something to this. I was thinking of the Japanese as I wrote this article, but was not quite sure how to work them in. They have a deep understanding of the subtlety of human behavior and motivations that is equal to ours. I have read Mishima in Japanese (though I think his translator, Edward Seidensticker writes as beautifully as Mishima does), and I have read The Tale of Genji in translation. To some degree , an appreciation of literature is  a matter of high IQ.

      I did look up Trollope on Japanese Amazon and found that only two translations are in print: The Warden and Barchester Towers. Trollope would be fiendishly hard to translate.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/D7BX764AFX7YRN57CDP7IRUMNE Darryl

        2 things– I understand that in Japan, the 1970′s Burt Reynolds movie, “Smokey and the Bandit” was translated to, “Roughhouse Men Racing Cars in Disorderly Fashion” on the movie posters. I kid you not.
        Secondly, I always chuckle when people speak of societal evolution. They have this vision that one day, we will all be little floating orbs of light. I think of Newton’s “Principia Mathematica” written in the 17th century during the Plague and chuckle– there isn’t a single living black on this planet today that could understand what he wrote 350 years ago.

        http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2011/dec/12/isaac-newton-principia-mathematica

        If the Declaration of Independce were written today, (and it would probably be called the Declaration of Interdependence), there would be basic grammar and spelling errors, and half of it would be in Spanish.
        People may call us Nazis and claim we’re full of hate, but at least on the bright side, I can read and it can never be said that I’ve eaten another man’s face. We have that going for us.

        • kerrysmith

          Maybe it would just be called the Declaration of Dependence.

      • Church_of_Jed

        JT,

        Are there any analogies from Shintoism that our White Community should know about as we resist being forced into a nation of post White privilege? 

        Are there any manifestions of Whiteness, such as the Lost Cause movement, that approach the essense of Shintoism, or is it too distinct for comparison?

      • kerrysmith

        I can’t honestly say I was impressed by the samples of Trollope’s prose provided in the article, but perhaps they gain greatly in their context.  I did have a friend who said it was a pity that life rarely afforded the kind of perfect justice that one finds in The Eustace Diamonds.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/D7BX764AFX7YRN57CDP7IRUMNE Darryl

    Whenever I want to go somewhere and not be raped/robbed, I like to go to chess championships, book stores, national parks and not to mention– Pie Festivals!

    please see video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNo78TJzess

    Pie is good.   fg

    • SarahConnor

      Darryl, your list is exactly what I would like to see on a dating website–tells me almost everything I would need to know!

  • mikejones91

    Red Cross Volunteer=White. (I’ve always wondered why VERY few blacks volunteer) I’m only 21 and probably volunteered more in the last 2 years then the average black over an entire lifetime.—Understands the concept of tipping those who serve you=White.—-Robbing a store with no mask, then killing the employees because you forgot to wear a mask=Black.—Robbing a bank with a mask. Taking out the security tape. Dousing the place in bleach to remove DNA=White–Watch “The Town”. That is White.  Great piece Jared.

    • http://www.facebook.com/JaredTaylorX Jared Taylor

      I had better try his mother. I have read only her not very flattering account of her stay in the United States during the 1830s, I believe it was. She was  clearly a very good writer. 

      • Sheila Dinehart

        I think she (the inferior female of the white race) *kept the family fed* with her books

    • kerrysmith

      When I go to donate blood I notice that the staff are largely nonwhite and the donors overwhelmingly white. I wonder if this ever strikes the staff as odd.

      • mikejones91

        It doesn’t. They have been trained like dogs to ignore it. Ignore as in NOT even realize it. I volunteer at a food bank and there was this one time where there was only one black in line. (VERY rare). I asked my supervisor who the bag went to. She said “I hate to say it (whispers in my ear) but it goes that African American man.” I said why would you EVER feel bad about saying that? Is he not black? Why would you say ANYTHING else but THAT?!

  • MCShipmanMD

    I have read every novel Anthony Trollope wrote and agree they are unique. I have also read most of the 30 novels of his mother, Fanny Trollope, which are even better. Those are however very hard to find in print to buy. I found most of them on loan one at a time through
    a national library search service.

    • Bob Johnson

      Maybe we should agree to call her Frances Trollope. Fanny Trollope is just too hilarious!

    • Sheila Dinehart

      woah…you really are an anglophile

  • http://www.dailykenn.com/ Daily Kenn

    I call it cultural shift. We’ve seen it before. 

    Recall the languages of some Indian tribes died and were forgotten as were their traditions and history. 

    Western culture is on the same track. 

    Sad to say Western culture provides the infrastructure for world civilization. When that culture is eclipsed the infrastructure will collapse never to rise again. 

    We may well be living at the apex of human civilization.

    • sbuffalonative

      Western man and Asians gave the world the written word, something primitive cultures never developed.

      Even if our culture slowly dies off, we still have the written work of Western civilization to pass on. What the people in the future learn from it or do with it is anyones guess; though I suspect if blacks inherit the earth, our books will be used as central heating in their mud huts.

  • Francis Galton

    Here are some more quintessentially White experiences:

    1) Renaissance fairs
    2) Classical music performances
    3) Rowing competitions
    4) The Grand Ole Opry
    5) Classic rock concerts
    6) Libertarian activism
    7) Monster Truck rallies
    8) Oktoberfest
    9) Ad hoc backyard shooting ranges
    10)  Rescuing stray animals 

    • Church_of_Jed

      I know a White girl who goes into black neighborhoods to rescue the pit bulls that are kept on chains in the back yards and are rarely given food and water.   I haven’t seen her in a long time, so maybe nature or Darwin were proved right again…

    • StivD

      I’ve been to the Renaissance Faire not too far from where I live a few times. I love it in October when the air is cooler and when there is a light, misty rain. 

      I’ve rescued my share of strays too.

      I took part in a little ad hoc target shooting in my one time woods. 

    • http://countenance.wordpress.com/ Question Diversity

      11)  Hamfests
      12)  Star Parties (astronomy, not Hollywood)

      • Church_of_Jed

        Every single one of these will hire a Diverity Con$ultant to tell them how to improve their Diver$ity through outreach and mission.  Anything White will soon come under the same pressures as NASCAR, and succumb. 

        Even the SCV allows a black to march across Dixie with a Confed. flag. 

        The last Whiteness will be in your own home, and even that will become suspect…

        • http://countenance.wordpress.com/ Question Diversity

          I’ve been a ham for awhile, and every once in awhile, I’ll hear uneasy grumblings from “official” hamdom about the hobby being almost universally white men.  Just not enough to dumb down the tests…though I will say the license classes have been “dumbed down.”

          • Church_of_Jed

            Is it true that hams are openly discussing and planning for total collapse and Diveristy Rule?

          • http://countenance.wordpress.com/ Question Diversity

             Unfortunately, no.  Most of what I hear on two meters is old men talking about their hemorrhoids and complaining about their wives.

    • Ernest

       The Genesis of the Tea Party was quintessentially white even thought now it is just another political facade and proud diversifier.

    • mikejones91

      Does anyone else know why blacks don’t like animals/dogs? No, a pit bull is not a pet if you keep him in a cage in your back yard. It’s just an extension to the negro ego. My neighbors are black and we just got a puppy. We showed them and they were not excited at all. Who doesn’t get excited over a puppy? Not me!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WP6FBJWJYEU7S6TMNJS5D2BB5M Luis

      You forgot stock car racing, which grew out of southern moonshiners eluding state troopers.

      I’m waiting for the day when some Bantu claims that they invented stock car racing, because Medgar Evers’ grandfather stole a white man’s car, and kept driving around in circles to elude Mississippi state troopers.

  • dave

    How about books by Patrick O’Brien about life in The Royal Navy. Good stuff once you get the archaic lingo down.

    • Bob Johnson

      Yeah, Patrick O’Brien’s books seem pretty white to me, and they’re excellent. I’d rank them as literature–at least the first five, which I’ve read–though some people might disagree. But I could see some Japanese people reading them. Which makes me think of Kazuo Ishiguro’s “Remains of the Day,” which was written by a Japanese Briton but definitely qualifies as white literature in my book, and is well worth reading.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bardon-Kaldian/100003542251801 Bardon Kaldian

    I know this may sound a bit OT, but …as far as I’ve noticed, two great western literary traditions: English-language & French-language are, in a way, “national” to the core, i.e. they are mostly focused on their language-culture authors, ideas, conventions, styles, … German-language & Russian language traditions are more “international”- maybe because they happened to be, re imaginative literature, latecomers. As far as Italians and Spaniards are concerned, they’ve had a strange history of early rise & precipitous fall, so it’s hard to draw far-reaching conclusions.

    Back to Mr. Taylor’s thesis.

    Is there anything that is so specifically White (European) that average persons of other races simply find it either boring or incomprehensible ? For me- and I grew up reading mostly Russian, German and some French authors, much less British & American- Trollope is quintessentially Victorian British- WASP, if you like. Of course- he IS White. But of a particular cultural ethnic background.

    So- are there universal White writers who are virtually irrelevant to Blacks or Hispanics, but are generally accepted or cherished by wide White world, far across national boundaries ?
    Or not ?

    • kerrysmith

      Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Homer and Shakespeare, for starters.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bardon-Kaldian/100003542251801 Bardon Kaldian

        I’ll just restate what I wrote some time ago- although probably no one will read this:

        There is some consensus about Western writers (of course, no one is
        obliged to pay attention to it at all). In short- there are supreme
        writers, great writers & good writers.

        “The supremes” are the best of the best. They created cosmos of
        peoples, ideas, situations, …. you name it. The supremes are,
        indisputably, four: Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky and Proust. Also,
        there are “supremes” who wrote one or two supreme books (Proust wrote 7
        novels): Homer, Dante, Cervantes, Goethe, Montaigne,..

        And some who oscillate between the supreme & the great: Aeschylus, Balzac, Joyce,.. perhaps Milton, Whitman or Kafka,..

        Greats are more common: Conrad, Chekhov, Melville, Thomas Mann, Henry James, Virgil, Faulkner, Zola, Moliere, Hugo,..

        Good writers are much more populous: Camus, Hardy, Meredith, Racine, Scott Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Maupassant, ..

        • kerrysmith

          “Although probably no one will read this…” Well, I read it, and with interest, too. I know there’s no arguing matters of taste, but…..Aeschylus is foundational to the Western canon, while Proust was just a decadent and dandy who would surely be classed as a very minor writer if he had not written at such punishing length (“In search of lost time”, indeed). We also need to invent a special class of “professor’s literature” – books that are generally acknowledged as important but which few if any readers actually finish: my nominees  include The Faerie Queene, The Anatomy of Melancholy, Finnegan’s Wake (and truth be told, probably Ulysses as well–skipping ahead to Molly Bloom’s soliloquoy doesn’t count), Proust’s aforesaid seven-volume novelette, The Sot-Weed Factor, Gravity’s Rainbow, Moby-Dick….well, that’s enough to get us started :)

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bardon-Kaldian/100003542251801 Bardon Kaldian

            Hm..we both know that there is an ineradicable element of subjectivity  re all this. Also, broader cultural traits that reflect dominant tenor of the elites or tastes of the eras- Pope or Dryden were great writers who have been dislocated due to the change of taste. All I can say- extreme cultural relativists are wrong & there is some corpus of imaginative literature most critics, writers, historians-say, 80% of them …agree on. Also, serious literature is distinguished by its effect- it “purpose” is to augment one’s inner self, in words of Henry James- it cannot be reduced to “make ‘em laugh, make ‘em cry”.

            All categorizations are provisional, but I think that it makes sense to distinguish between absolutely greatest authors, very great ones & simply good writers. Also- no one is forced to accept a place allotted to a particular author.

            As far as mentioned authors:

            * Aeschylus is historically important & is, for me, still a vital reading experience, a voyage to a more primeval & dark world than that of Homer & creator of godlike creatures that are not fully human in modern sense, but are for us a voyeuristic peep into a world where the human & the divine had been tragically interlocked.

            * Proust is the greatest wisdom writer in all of the literature & one of my favorite reading experiences (I’ve read it 3 times & enjoyed most of it- except the 1st volume). A few of his passages are indelibly incised in my memory, and his great themes: self & its mutations, corrosion of world & self in time, sex & jealousy, snobbery, evil & cruelty toward the loved ones… are unsurpassed. His few weaknesses (too much homosexuals, frequently too much analysis) are pardonable. Generally, I agree with Wilson’s assessment in “Axel’s Castle”- http://www.scribd.com/doc/30970388/Axel-s-Castle

            * Spenser I haven’t read

            * The Anatomy of Melancholy is one of my favorite reads. Burton’s sinewy prose is refreshing.

            * Finnegan is, IMO, unreadable & actually a wrong approach- to present mythic patterns in a mumbled fiction. I read Mircea Eliade or Henry Corbin or Moshe Idel or Joe Campbell or .. for mythology.

            * Barth & Pynchon demand too much & give too little. Actually, novel has died around 1940s-1950s & with a few exceptions, they are belated, as belated as Voltaire with his epics.

            * Melville is.. well, he’s my home & I agree with E.M. Forster about “prophetic fiction”: http://gen.lib.rus.ec/search?req=E.M.Forster&nametype=orig&column=title&column=author&column=series&column=periodical&column=publisher&column=year (click dl1 on the right)

            Uhhh…

          • kerrysmith

             Now you’ve really gone and done it — you’ve made Proust sound interesting. I may just have to grit my teeth and give him another try after all.  No promises, but……which translation do you recommend?
            Your remark about Barth and Pynchon is the perfect summing-up.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bardon-Kaldian/100003542251801 Bardon Kaldian

            Terence Kilmartin (revised Scott Montcrieff). Just a few personal observations (that may not matter at all):

            * in the first volume (The Swann’s Way) Proust is setting the scene & introducing almost all major characters. I found this book boring and read it at the end. Sure, I was sometimes confused during the reading, but have quickly picked up loose strings. Maybe it’s not s bad idea to look at the chart of characters on wikipedia or elsewhere.

            * I don’t understand complaints of many readers- it sounds like reading Proust is something like forced labor in Gulag. For me, it was- as Updike put it- a bliss following bliss (except the first book). If I had been bored, I would have dumped Proust in a nanosecond.

            * his greatest strengths are incredibly vivid characters, humor, wisdom,… His weakness is, IMO, a shadow of his strength- hyperanalysis (sometimes, my reaction was: damm, can’t you just live it without dissecting !) & pervasive pessimism which, I’d say, he tries to explain as something inevitable, but is essentially a world view of a homosexual possessed by genius – but who had not lived ordinary family life & children and was robbed of many vitalizing & uplifting human experiences – unlike, say, Tolstoy. In short, health is lacking- not entirely, but …

            But, these are minor objections: Proust is magnificent in all of his novels- although I prefer 2-7- and has achieved true triumphs in passages like agonizing death of grandmother, hilarious social scenes, the author’s disenchantment from pathological jealousy of Albertine & the entire last novel, which is both summation of wisdom & something- all I can say- mystical, in the broadest sense (Zaehner, an expert on Zoroastrianism & Hinduism, has described in his book on mysticism various types of mystical experiences present in Proust’s novels).

            At the end- it wasn’t for nothing that E.M. Forster has considered Dostoevsky, Tolstoy and Proust to be the three greatest novelists.

            And, I repeat- the novels are fun to read. At least, I enjoyed them.

  • Church_of_Jed

    “And this, of course, is one of the reasons why curricula are changing. Hispanics and blacks do not see the point of reading Tolstoy or studying Italian, and as their share of the population increases, colleges and high schools will give up trying even to get whites to do these things. And some unfortunate whites who have been taught to think that Alice Walker and Rigoberta Menchu are great writers will never discover what great writing really is.”

    Look for the cancellation of gifted programs that were “too White” to be the analogy for the cancellation of all goodness in Western civilization.

    Thinking about the future is a dismal prospect for White Awarians. We know that pure numbers will overwhelm us, that those of us left will be so demoralized that high thoughts and desires will be such a rarity as to make no difference at all to the shrunken White community. And what difference do them make now, other than to closed and shrinking intellectual communities?

    So what to do? What to strive for? What to leave behind? And most dismal, for whom to leave anything behind? Will they be worthy of it? Will they stay pure, or will the succumb and race mix just as readily as everyone else will?

    Can you see the future where White girls who don’ have black boyfriends will suffer the worst imaginable torments and attacks for being “racists”? Already, heteros who publically voice opposition to homo marriage are excoriated. Even I fear speaking out because I’m intimidated by the gay mob’s potential to ruin my life. We are suffering under a tyranny of the minority and the pervs, and nobody is coming to our rescue.

    But God is merciful, and veangeful. He won’t allow our genocide without giving us the pleasure of seeing those who did this to us suffer from our marginalization, minoritization, and mongrelization. When White are forced to cower in survival mode, they won’t sustain the institutional vigor required to support the Diversity Scam.

    All our institutions will shrink, because donors will stop giving at the same time not enough paying Whites will show up. The vast state and federal debt and unfunded liabilities will cause such a permanent recession, that grow disappears.

    The final step will be massive taxes and confiscation, but even that crashes, because the elites don’t want your house, they want their cut of your income. When the income is gone, all they can do is print money, but that becomes worthless. The a strong man massacres them all, and takes over, devalues, and rebuilds. But in a minority White nation, he won’t build, he’ll just enslave.

    The only obstacle is the vast ownership of firearms. Look for Obama in 2013 to go full draconian on your last right that can save your life.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WP6FBJWJYEU7S6TMNJS5D2BB5M Luis

      Jed, that’s EXACTLY what NRA has been saying – that if Obama is re-elected, he’s going to go after our Second Amendment rights, as he’ll no longer have to face the electorate. NRA has been derided as fear-mongering, but Obama is certainly no friend of the Second Amendment. Consider:

      When he was an Illinois state senator, he voted against a bill that would have shielded homeowners who use deadly force inside their homes, for self-defense, from being prosecuted.

      He appointed the notoriously anti-gun justices Sotomayor and Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court.

      He repeated the Mexican and media lie that 90% of the guns the Mexican drug cartels used that were traced by Mexican federales came from the U.S. Only after Operation Fast and Furious blew up in his face, did he stop.

      He has assured Sarah Brady, that he’s working “under the radar” on gun-control schemes.

      He made CA, AZ, NM and TX gun dealers keep registration lists, a de facto firearms registry, which is against the law.

      The same people who keep telling us that “Obama doesn’t want your guns”, are the same people who told us the government would never confiscate guns – that was before Hurricane Katrina blew into New Orleans in 2005, and the Bantu mayor there, Ray Nagin, did just that.

      May we live in interesting times.

  • Eagle_Eyed

    I’ve never read nor heard about Trollope, but I enjoy the well thought out review about him.  As supporters of Western culture, we too often focus on the political and demographic attacks on Whites in the media and forget about the greatness of what the West brought itself.  I’ve recently starting reading some Kipling poems (“If” is obviously a great one to start with), and will add other writers like Trollope as well.  Thanks Jared, and please continue highlighting the work of great Western artists, musicians, and writers at AmRen.

    • Church_of_Jed

      If all around you are losing their heads and you aren’t, then you just haven’t heard the news.

    • alastairabbacle

      I am a musician, on the innovative classical forefront, and I read AmRen!

      I think that to be a true artist of the healthy kind, you need to see reality.
      Thus, I am certain that there is a growing movement of artists who have strong fundamentals to support White movements.

      Yes, the many of the next young elite of the high art world are aware that a vigourous defense of Western Civilizations and Culture will be essential to the survival of high art.

  • http://eradica.wordpress.com/ Firepower

    It’s simple, Jared:
    you’re merely describing one tiny, yet significant event,
    of HOW a country FALLS INTO BARBARISM.

  • Church_of_Jed

    Gee, thanks alot, now we know exactly where we will see the next wave of Diversity enrichment. 

    The problem with advertising White privilege is that we put a target on ourselves for the next attack.

  • sbuffalonative

    While we can bemoan the ongoing degradation of culture and learning and the various reasons such as multiculturalism, political correctness, and the increasing influence of popular youth culture, we need to keep one thing in mind; while history is ever increasing, our life spans remain fixed and finite.

    In 1950, there was no Vietnam or Watergate, no ‘energy crisis’, Cuban missile crisis, or Iranian hostage crisis.

    Every year, every minute, every day, we have more current events and history to learn and process. How can we process an ever increasing amount of information while our very life spans remain relatively the same? We may add another one or two years every decade but how long can we expect that to continue? Even so, a year or two can’t allow our brains to store and process decades of current events which make their way into history.

    I sometimes feel sorry for kids today. They have to learn not only the history I learned but also the 30 or 40 years of history that I experienced as current events.

    Every year there are more novels and books on history. How do we sort through them to know which ones are or will be relevant?   

    Do we say, ‘only books which were considered classics in 1950 should be the core of our education cannon’?

    I don’t have the answer but I do know I’m having a problem with information overload. 

    Our lives are limited. The history we need to know is, for all practical purposes, infinite and expanding just like the universe itself.      

    • http://www.facebook.com/JaredTaylorX Jared Taylor

      At one time, I thought it was important to read contemporary literature, and I enjoyed some of the things John Barth and Vladimir Nabokov wrote, but Thomas Pynchon cured me. Now, my policy is to read only those writers of fiction who have been safely dead for at least 50 years. If they are still in print, they are probably still worth reading.

      • alastairabbacle

        Jared Taylor,
        Thank you for all you do. You can soon see artistic effects of your political and social reading.
        Your despair over modern literature and art is understandable, but despair not. A new generation of youth is coming, which wikl focus on true technique and fundamentals. No, I cannot edit here, as I am on a small device.
        The creation of facebook, and the propensity to crunch words created by texting will cause a silent youth rebellion against thr idea that nothing matters, and that aimless verbosity is acceptable.

        Postmodernism is dead.
        You hope for a New Rennaissance springing in thr midst of the dark, and that shall come.

      • WR the elder

        Patrick O’Brian is dead but certainly not for 50 years.  Don’t deny yourself the pleasure of reading his Aubrey and Maturin novels.  There are a handful of politically correct bits (Aubrey has a child by a black woman) but mostly the books are a vivid description of the days when Great Britain ruled the waves and made no apologies about doing so.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NJHKQRABC5PGU3HDYZM6N4DLAM David Brims

    England has a book and theatre culture while America has a television and movie culture. Blacks do not read books, to read is to be curious about ones own surroundings and the world. Blacks are not curious. 

    They also have a limited vocabulary of about 4 words ” Yo, Bro, Wasssup,  no what Im sayin .” it’s just babbling gibberish. I find it quite intolerable to my soul.

  • IKantunderstand

    Frankly, I don’t even understand the distinction being made here. The books Blacks read are….. Seriously, Jared, you feel compelled to make a distinction about the books Whites are likely to read, versus what? Blacks seldom read books. What do I base this statement on? Do I have statistics to back it up? Nope.  However, I have never seen a Black in my local library perusing anything other than the movie DVDs. I have never seen a Black in my local bookstore. Hell,  I have never seen a Black in my neighborhood used book shop. Jared,  you seriously think reading  Antony Trollope is quintessentially White?  I say reading a book by anyone  is quintessentially white.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bardon-Kaldian/100003542251801 Bardon Kaldian

       So- the Japanese are quintessentially White ?

      • IKantunderstand

        Oh, for crying out loud, I was responding to Mr. Taylor’s article about Anthony Trollope. He couched it in black/White, I responded in kind. Frankly, I don’t know crap about Asian reading habits. And frankly, I also don’t give a crap.

    • Church_of_Jed

      When blacks are left alone to live out their inner feral afrovoodoo n’groidish Diversity without White missionaries, mentors, and bureaucrats bothering them, they achieve this as their highest cultural expression:

      http://www.hiphopweekly.com/

    • http://www.facebook.com/JaredTaylorX Jared Taylor

      There is actually a kind of fiction called “Ghetto Lit” or something like that, which appeals to blacks. It is all about the pimp/drug/hustle life. I read a few pages of one in a bookstore once. It is crude, very sexual stuff.

      • http://countenance.wordpress.com/ Question Diversity

         “Ghetto Lit” = The lyrics to rap videos in book form.  You said you “read a few pages” of that genre, which means you read the whole book.

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/NJHKQRABC5PGU3HDYZM6N4DLAM David Brims

          Rap music is poetry for retards.

      • IKantunderstand

        You are absolutely correct, turns out there is a genre for ghetto dwellers. I asked at my local Barnes and Noble about such literature;  he told me it is located at the front of the store to discourage shoplifting. Personally, if I owned a book store, I would be delighted the thieves were black.

      • WR the elder

        To be fair, Ghetto Lit is the black equivalent of Harlequin romances and some of the more risque bodice rippers.  No one would call the latter stuff great white literature.  The problem is that even the more serious books by black authors tend to be all about the same thing — the misery and difficulty of being black in a white society.  It gets tiresome real soon.  I’ve read good fiction by Asians and of course by many whites but I never read a fictional work by a black author I could get enthusiastic about.

  • Mahound

    I think the shortest book that was ever written was called “Blacks I’ve met while yachting”.

    • WR the elder

      The second shortest book is called, “Blacks I Met at Mathematics Conferences”.  Back in the day when I attended such conferences there were lots of whites and Asians.  At one of the conferences there was one black man, among an audience of a few hundred.  That was it.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NJHKQRABC5PGU3HDYZM6N4DLAM David Brims

    In the London race  riots last year, blacks put on a multicultural extravaganza, all the TV and sport clothes shops were robbed. Nike shoes are like a Holy Relic to blacks, bit like the Holy Grail to Christians. Yet the ” Nike faith based community ” did not rob the book shops. I wonder why ? All in all, It was a wonderful display of ” vibrancy ” and ” diversity.”

    London is now 40 % Black, 94 % of primary schools are majority black.

    • alastairabbacle

      In keeping with the theme, you might consider writing a book about the London Black Riots.

      The return of race realist literature.

  • razorrare

    In reply to Bardon Kaldian…Orwell’s Essay on Rudyard Kipling

    Essay or Critique?

    Written in 1942…if George were alive today i am sure there would be much that he would change/edit on his critique of Kipling and his views on “conservatism” and “liberalism.” Or at least i would hope he would!

    George Orwell–Kipling is the only English writer of our time who has added phrases to the language. The phrases and neologisms which we take over and use without remembering their origin do not always come from writers we admire. It is strange, for instance, to hear the Nazi broadcasters referring to the Russian soldiers as ‘robots’, thus unconsciously borrowing a word from a Czech democrat whom they would have killed if they could have laid hands on him.

    Lasyr (esyr) and rab are the Russian words for slaves.The English word robot is derived from the Russian word for work,rabota,”the labor of a slave”(Hellie,p.711)which says much about the legacy of White slavery in Russia…certainly it was not derived from an anonymous Czech democrat.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bardon-Kaldian/100003542251801 Bardon Kaldian

      Nonsense. Who writes these dictionaries, anyway ? “Rabota” is Church Slavic for “work” & has nothing to do with slaves of any kind. It percolated in almost all Slavic languages, being modified in the process. The writer who invented the word “robot” was Karel Čapek. 

  • razorrare

    In reply to Bardon Kaldian…Orwell’s Essay on Rudyard Kipling

    Essay or Critique?

    Written in 1942…if George were alive today i am sure there would be much that he would change/edit on his critique of Kipling and his views on “conservatism” and “liberalism.” Or at least i would hope he would!

    George Orwell–Kipling is the only English writer of our time who has added phrases to the language. The phrases and neologisms which we take over and use without remembering their origin do not always come from writers we admire. It is strange, for instance, to hear the Nazi broadcasters referring to the Russian soldiers as ‘robots’, thus unconsciously borrowing a word from a Czech democrat whom they would have killed if they could have laid hands on him.

    Lasyr (esyr) and rab are the Russian words for slaves.The English word robot is derived from the Russian word for work,rabota,”the labor of a slave”(Hellie,p.711)which says much about the legacy of White slavery in Russia…certainly it was not derived from an anonymous Czech democrat.

  • razorrare

    In reply to Bardon Kaldian…Orwell’s Essay on Rudyard Kipling

    Essay or Critique?

    Written in 1942…if George were alive today i am sure there would be much that he would change/edit on his critique of Kipling and his views on “conservatism” and “liberalism.” Or at least i would hope he would!

    George Orwell–Kipling is the only English writer of our time who has added phrases to the language. The phrases and neologisms which we take over and use without remembering their origin do not always come from writers we admire. It is strange, for instance, to hear the Nazi broadcasters referring to the Russian soldiers as ‘robots’, thus unconsciously borrowing a word from a Czech democrat whom they would have killed if they could have laid hands on him.

    Lasyr (esyr) and rab are the Russian words for slaves.The English word robot is derived from the Russian word for work,rabota,”the labor of a slave”(Hellie,p.711)which says much about the legacy of White slavery in Russia…certainly it was not derived from an anonymous Czech democrat.

  • Francis Galton

     I did consider art museums and live theater, but one has to be more specific.  There’s too much post-modern, pro-diversity nonsense in both of these arenas.  And, one could imagine many do-gooder White liberal art exhibits catering to the “black” experience (whatever that might be) or theatrical interpretations of Harlem Renaissance works, neither of which would be quintessentially White.  Just my $0.02….

    • Bob Johnson

      I think it’s useful to point out that some things are almost exclusively partaken of by whites and yet are very anti-white in their message or inspiration.

      • Church_of_Jed

        Jonathan Bowden explored this horrible phenomenon you mention, so I offer it today on Memorial Day, when we remember all the masculine soldiers who died so America could become more tolerant of Muslims and less tolerant of the soldiers’ own White children.  (Can you imagine the Memorial Day in the future when everyone will be forced to pledge allegiance to the first openly gay killed in combat?  Memorial Day will be renamed for him.)

        http://www.counter-currents.com/2012/05/credo-a-nietzschean-testament/

        Much of popular culture involves the celebration of men–iconographically, in films and so on–who are authoritarian, who are hierarchical, who are elitist. How many cinema posters have you seen with the man alone with a gun staring off into the distance? It’s the primordial American myth.

        These are men who think “fascistically.” And they fight against fascism. They fight against authoritarian ideas of what the West once was and can be. This is always the trick: that they will use the ideology of the Marine Corps, to fight for a liberal, a humanist, and a Democratic purpose. That’s the trick. In every film, in every television program, in every comic, in every simple novel, in everything that the masses consume that isn’t purely about sex or sport, the heroic is there. And they always fight for liberal causes, and their enemies are always grinning Japanese generals, or Nazis. Used again, and again, and again, as a stereotype, of a stereotype, of a stereotype, to impose the idea that that which is core, primal, Indo-European, is morally wrong.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bardon-Kaldian/100003542251801 Bardon Kaldian

    Perhaps Mr. Taylor’s question is not very well posed- although I think there is something about it.
    Maybe better question would be: are middle-class Black young adults capable of enjoying classics ? And- which ones ?

    Also, I don’t think this is simply a “racial” question. It has more to do with national identities & cultures. For instance, the best 20th century German novels & memoirs (Musil, Mann, Broch, Canetti, Grass, Rilke, Hesse- his serious work) are books crammed with philosophy in not less than 600-700 pages. I doubt most Americans of any color would be capable of coping with these Behemoths.

    IMO, a smaller fraction of middle-class Blacks can enjoy & appreciate anything others (not only Whites) have written, but they are in significantly smaller percentage than White or Asian children-young adults.

    • alastairabbacle

      Bardon –

      What do you consider Hesse’s serious work? 
      I read “Damien” as a young adult, which leads to an unhealthy gnostic, messianic impulse. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demian)
      Does the theology of Hesse ever escape to to more traditional grounds?

      I enjoyed reading Hesse, but I find increasingly that I cannot deal with books coated in immature philosophy, untenable in maturity.

      Have you encountered this problem of great works coated in questionable philosophy?
      I see you only now read non-fiction, I have also begun to depart this way, due to this clash of philosophy.  In fiction the stimuli pre-chosen for you can impart ideologies.

      I call the tendrils of illogic, planted and growing in the brain. 

      Thus, an a creator, I am careful with books.  Let me know what circumvents this problem, if you know.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bardon-Kaldian/100003542251801 Bardon Kaldian

        I’d say we temperamentally differ. I’m not in the lest disturbed by author’s “philosophy”, if I disagree with it. Hesse’s great works are, IMO, Steppenwolf, Demian, Narcissus and Goldmund and The Glass Bead Game. It’s the amount of life lived & breadth & depth of ideas discussed that makes great works- great.

        As far as Gnosticism is concerned- I don’t think it’s unhealthy or immature. It is the vital element in major works of William Blake or Walt Whitman or Herman Melville.

        Maybe I’m too relaxed about it, but I’d subscribe to the idea that a man should be both Epicurean and Stoic, skeptic & believer, hedonist & ascetic…and go on with his life.

        • alastairabbacle

          You are right, we do differ tempermentally.

          The issue is one of censoring materials for onesself, or not.
          I censor materials from myself, as I am very sensitive.
          As an artist, I will express who I am through good technique.
          Thus, at this point, I abstain from tangling with any logic which I consider nonsense, as much as I can.

        • alastairabbacle

          Actually Bardon,

          I myself also flip between these extremes you talk about in “Epicurean and Stoic, skeptic & believer, hedonist & ascetic”. I can’t stop myself from experiencing what I need to learn.
          I know though, that at times of “believer and ascetic”, I do cut myself off from things I consider naughty or misguided. Then the next month, I can go the other way.

          The important thing though, is to see “naughty” things as what they are. Dangerous. Gnosticism can be dangerous, and must be treated with respect. To those with the power to understand these things, comes responsibility.

          I think I will re-delve into Hesse’s works, he makes life so vital and fun.

  • hillcp

    Jared,

    I share your unease with the “unmoooring” of the educational and literary foundation from from its Western European roots.  But tell me if  it ts  true.   Didn’t it seem that non-White literary figures in the 50s through the 70s produced works that were more influenced by the traditional Western canon than today?

    Reading James Baldwin, Richard Wright, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker( have to disagree with you on that one!),  Ernest Gaines, etc.   Their work bears the influences of the great Western writers of the past especially when I read Southern lit written in a certain erfa by non-Whites.  It just seems light-years ahead  of what passes for “afro-Americcan” literature in bookstores these days. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bardon-Kaldian/100003542251801 Bardon Kaldian

      There is more to it. Until early 1900s, USA has been mostly WASP & her literary culture derived (and transformed) from the British. After WW1 and later, many other “ethnics” came to prominent positions as writers (mostly Jews), and even WASPs like Faulkner and others identified themselves more with broader European modernism than with “genteel” Anglophile tradition.

      For Saul Bellow, Philip Roth, Norman Mailer, William Faulkner, John Dos Passos, ..now Don DeLillo or Thomas Pynchon- relevant authors are Kafka, Dostoevsky, Mann, Conrad, Nietzsche (literary philosophy), Joyce, Nabokov, .. while Trollope, or even Thackeray and Dickens belong to some distant past hardly anyone is very excited about.

    • http://www.facebook.com/JaredTaylorX Jared Taylor

      I would agree that James Baldwin wrote powerful novels, of which I read two. However, as someone pointed out above, he limits himself to “the black experience,” with which he is obsessed. I suppose you could say that Trollope limits himself to the white experience, but he writes from an understanding of human nature, and with a genius for plot that Baldwin lacked.

  • http://twitter.com/FlynnKorbl Flynn Korbl

    49 comments and nothing about J.R.R. Tolkien???

    I can’t imagine Blacks reading his books, although they could probably relate to the Orcs!

    Heck I am more of  a Tom Clancy guy and I can’t imagine Blacks reading that stuff either.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bardon-Kaldian/100003542251801 Bardon Kaldian

       It’s about serious literature.

      • StivD

        I think of Tolkien as serious fantasy and mythology.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bardon-Kaldian/100003542251801 Bardon Kaldian

          He’s not in that league. Great works of fantasy fiction are some novels or stories by James Hogg, Nikolai Gogol, Henry James, Mihail Bulgakov, E.T.A. Hoffman … Tolkien is young adult fiction, something like Conan Doyle or many works of Mark Twain.

          • StivD

            Are you sure you’re not thinking of George RR Martin?

          • Bob Johnson

            Personally, I don’t think Gogol or Hoffmann were fit to shine Tolkein’s shoes. But intelligent people can disagree.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bardon-Kaldian/100003542251801 Bardon Kaldian

            Sure. Anyway, as far as imaginative literature goes, I’d mention two things:

            a) about 80-90% of writers & critics & literary historians agree on the relative worth of canonical authors

            b) but- it does not oblige any particular reader who enjoys or is bored by various eminent authors. Personally, I think that, say, Nabokov, Bulgakov, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Camus, Sartre, Dickens, Austen, Ibsen, Pushkin, Borges, Brecht  … are overrated; Martin Du Gard, Leonid Leonov, Thomas Wolfe, Vasily Grossman, D.H. Lawrence, Strindberg, Hamsun, Verga, Broch..are underrated.

            Just my opinion.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bardon-Kaldian/100003542251801 Bardon Kaldian

    Well, racially- not culturally- it’s about difference in reading “classics” in Argentina and Mexico. The same literary culture & racially different.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bardon-Kaldian/100003542251801 Bardon Kaldian

    Just to add something I already wrote at Taki, but deem pertinent.
    Reading- especially “deep reading” of worthy texts – helps build density of
    crucial brain neurons (there are studies about it). In short, it enhances intelligence & broadens imagination.

    On the other hand, TVing dumbs everyone down, somewhere to the IQ of a rhinoceros.

    Most males stop reading fiction when they’re 30-35 (I did), but females
    read it all along. I haven’t read a novel in past 5 or so years, but have read tons of books on politics, science, religion, history, warfare, psychology, philosophy, arts, biographies, theology,
    futurology, ….

    Looks like others have taken notice of this phenomenon:

    http://www.salon.com/2011/06/28/stopped_reading_fiction/

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=14175229

    • Bob Johnson

      Very interesting. Thanks for the links.

    • http://www.facebook.com/JaredTaylorX Jared Taylor

      Novels are for me a guilty pleasure. I always think I should be reading history or politics, so I permit myself very little Trollope anymore.

  • mikejones91

    15. Witty/Subtle/Implication Comedy. Yeah, just watch anything Tyler Perry and you’ll appreciate what I’m saying.

  • razorrare

    In reply to Bardon Kaldian…

    Perhaps this might clarify…

    http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%D1%80%D0%B0%D0%B1%D0%BE%D1%82%D0%B0#Russian

    In any event—the person who first coined the word ‘robot’ was not Karel Capek but his older brother Josef.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bardon-Kaldian/100003542251801 Bardon Kaldian

      Don’t, please, wiktionary still uses non existent “Serbo-Croatian”.
      Be as it may, Čapek – it turns out it was Karel’s brother- coined the word.

  • Bob Johnson

    This is an excellent article and it makes a very important point. Only whites are likely to appreciate Trollope, Dickens, Hardy, Eliot, the Brontes, Austen, or Galsworthy. But they are all great writers and well worth reading. To exclude any of them from the curriculum is a crime against us and our posterity, and yet that is one of the consequences of multiculturalism that we’ve already seen.

    I recently read “Can You Forgive Her?” and was pleasantly surprised. I’d always heard that Trollope was an inferior writer, but I thought that book was in a class with Hardy’s “The Mayor of Casterbridge” and Eliot’s “Middlemarch.”

    When I read 19th-century English literature I sometimes feel like an anthropologist studying the mating rituals of the English gentry. I love it. But appreciating it is a little like enjoying good coffee or fine wine: it requires experience and some background knowledge. The stories unfold at a human pace, the pace of people who spent their lives walking or being drawn by horses.

    I’m certainly intrigued by Signora Neroni. What a fascinating character. I guess I’ll have to read “Barchester Towers” now.

    • http://www.facebook.com/JaredTaylorX Jared Taylor

      “The Way We Live Now” was my introduction to Trollope, and I have been at his feet ever since. It may still be my favorite, though “Can You Forgive Her” is certainly very good.

      • Sheila Dinehart

        TWWLN is an excellent intro…it is best to read Trollope in the order in which he wrote his novels…and read his little *series of groupings* together.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bardon-Kaldian/100003542251801 Bardon Kaldian

          When I was reading novels, I was more attracted by Trollope’s political novels (Palliser novels). Still pertinent, especially for democratic countries.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FWMCMK6U5OWRHYIYJAF2TPFL2U thomas

        “An Eye For An Eye” by Trollope is also good.

  • razorrare

    Bardon…fine–i dont wish to be perceived as argumentive…but one last clarification needs to be made…
    Old Church Slavonic
    [edit] Noun
    работа (rabota) f.
    slavery

    Have a nice day.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bardon-Kaldian/100003542251801 Bardon Kaldian

      rabota is a tedious work in Old Church Slavic in some parts of Church Slavic canonical corpus. In my native country, Church Slavic texts from 12th-14th century did not use this meaning, which does have initial root from “slave”- rab, contemporary Russian”rjab”, Croatian and Serbian “rob”.
      But, “rabota” has very early in all spoken Slavic languages- say, from 14th century or so- lost its meaning of tedious work & became equal to “work”. You can see this, by the way, in the explanation of the word “robot”:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karel_%C4%8Capek#Etymology_of_robot

      Anyway, it’s OT.

  • Pandemonium

    In Saline, Michigan, a so-called Scotsman (could be Obama’s son) participates in an annual Celtic festival. I find that hard to take.

  • Sheila Dinehart

    Ha, interesting to see this article, though not surprised.  I think I own most of Trollope’s work.  He is one of the funniest writers ever…he is one of the greatest writers of irony…I love his stuff…he certainly wrote for a white audience…not easy to find really…he is a gas, and could be used by the enemy of whites if they could read and comprehend his work, to point out the absurdness of England’s class structure, and the folly of politics and  governmental policies of his day that he himself found amusing, in that point in time of which he writes…the king of irony, funny as hell…put him on the Reading for  Smart White Folk List…if you can find him.

  • Sheila Dinehart

    When I read Trollope I get an overwhelming need for High Tea…it’s in the DNA.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WP6FBJWJYEU7S6TMNJS5D2BB5M Luis

    I went to a Pink Floyd concert in 1994. When I told my bartender friend, that , out of around 80,000 people total;  I saw only around 8 Bantus, he asked: “What did they do, roll the ticketholders”? We both laughed.

    • StivD

      Oh how I miss music that is typically associated and appeals to whites. There is just a miasma out there right now. Even Rap is on the decline but there is no white music to replace it,  not much anyway.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bardon-Kaldian/100003542251801 Bardon Kaldian

    Jared Taylor has, from racialist angle, virtually reiterated theses from well known critic Harold Bloom’s 1990s bestseller “The Western Canon” (you got this book in pdf here: http://gen.lib.rus.ec/book/index.php?md5=BD51B18E097A6571046682D278E5C337 or here http://free-books.us.to/book/index.php?md5=BD51B18E097A6571046682D278E5C337 ). It’s about onslaught of cultural relativists, neo-feminists & multiculturalists who would like to dump Dante, Shakespeare, Montaigne, Tolstoy, Proust,… and replace them with fourth rate Black & Chicano writers.

    He didn’t put it this way- Bloom’s Jewish & politically leftist- but the conclusion is the same.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JaredTaylorX Jared Taylor

    Yes, these are good examples, as are some of the other ones listed in earlier posts.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bardon-Kaldian/100003542251801 Bardon Kaldian

    Over 90 comments on a literary theme ? Wow.
    I’d end this with two points.

    1. someone- StivD ?- has pointed that good Black fiction was too narrow, only about Black “experience”. This may be true. I’d just remark- very greatest fictions were written about provincial subjects (say, Joyce and Faulkner are regional writers), but nevertheless they succeeded to achieve universality. I would add Isaac Bashevis Singer who wrote about Ashkenazi Jews in Yiddish, but is still a great writer, capable of conveying universal truths beyond “yiddishness”. This goes, without question, for great Hispanic fictionists (Borges, Garcia Marquez, Carpentier, Asturias, Cortazar, Vargas Llosa,..).
    As far as Black American writers are concerned- I’m not sure. 

    2. we all know about top 100 lists etc. I would post a few links on greatest works of imaginative literature-one originating from Norway, which is so far the most “objective” list of such works. Others are clearly too language-culture bent (which is perfectly normal). Be as it may, not bad for a literary topic:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_100_Best_Books_of_All_Time

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2003/oct/12/features.fiction

  • alastairabbacle
  • Sheila Dinehart

    To anyone who might be interested,I  realize this is about Trollope, and don’t mean to be rude with this assumption, but I have begun reading Thomas Mann’s Magic Mountain for the 3rd time, and feel it is one of the greatest books ever written in modern times (though last century)…it is not the lighter more fun  read of Trollope (his historical annotitations are wonderful), but it does contain some really wonderful humor of a rather dark and brooding nature, such conflict!!!!!!…when wasn’t Germany fascinating? The translation should always be T. Porter Lowe’s…i think that is it…get an older text by all means…btw I collect rare and out of print books, hence my email address indicates…I have put them on view at various universities…doesn’t get any better than that…

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bardon-Kaldian/100003542251801 Bardon Kaldian

      IMO, Germany/Austria have produced some of the finest novels of the 20th century. There is a consensus among “elite” critics & writers that greatest 20th century novelists are Proust, Joyce, Mann, Kafka, Musil, Faulkner and, perhaps, Broch. So, Germans are heavily represented.
      I would add Conrad and Henry James, and agree with Bloom & others that Proust is perhaps the greatest- richest, emotionally deepest & most satisfying. Others would add, maybe, Grass and Beckett.
      Latin American Boom was spectacular, but is a bit overrated (although a significant breakthrough), while Russians were not capable of sustaining the 19th century greatness. Italians have produced one masterwork, “Zeno’s Conscience” by Italo Svevo.
      Mann’s novel best suited to my taste is “Doctor Faustus”- maybe because of its Dostoevskian daemonism. “Joseph” is too long & sometimes frustrating, and “Lotte in Weimar” (Beloved returns- a novel about Goethe & his early love- is a small miracle).

      Jared Taylor has given a sound advice- wait until the author is safely dead for 50 years. OK- 30, but not less.

  • Church_of_Jed

    Rev. Jed appears to have had another episode of Quintessential Whiteness:

    “The essence of our White community is non negotiable. Their hateful intolerance of our White privilege is the scourge that won’t go away.”

    -Rev. Jed DeValleyism, “How they are transforming America a post White privilege nation, and why Hell looks okay in comparison,” 2012

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bardon-Kaldian/100003542251801 Bardon Kaldian

    I barely watch TV, but saw Kardashians for ca. 5 minutes. I mean… what a vomiting experience.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bardon-Kaldian/100003542251801 Bardon Kaldian

     Asians are strange. There is some aesthetic perversion about them, combined with strict, 16th century Spanish court etiquette.

    Weird & too much non-human elements. They lack… love ?
    Or I’m prejudiced again.

  • razorrare

    I don’t have the answer but I do know I’m having a problem with information overload…

    Information Overload seems to be a problem that mostly affects Intellectuals-as a group i would venture to guess blacks suffer the least from information overload.

    Ordinary Whites(like me)dont seem to suffer much with that syndrome,either.I know what my limits are.In the days of my youth i recognized that truth…while reading Alvin Toffler’s ‘Future Shock’–half way through–i became disoriented–and discarded the book in a trash can.

  • Hollywood_Loser

    In my younger, more exploratory years I read a fair bit of “serious” fiction, both old and new. Nowadays, like my father (and apparently like Jared Taylor also), I stick mostly to nonfiction — which I do more for intel gathering than for pleasure.  I’ve never read Anthony Trollope, however, although he’s certainly been recommended to me enough times that I feel that one of these days I should give him a whirl. I do still enjoy the light comic fiction of P.G. Wodehouse, who might be considered a later (and no doubt sillier) manifestation of the Trollope approach to storytelling.

    But FWIW, I did once have a highly intelligent, literary-minded Jewish-American roommate who was the biggest Trollope fan I ever met. He owned and had read ALL of these “quintessentially white” novels (there are 47 according to Wiki). His favorites among them he had read several times apiece.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JNUW2YXGD5SWPFAKPIOID2KEIQ Armando

    This is why I love Amren so much. Thank you Mr. Taylor and to all the posters as well. There is such greatness in White Western culture. It is ignored or worse by our educational systems and popular culture of today. We need to keep such authors and works alive. I would love to see similar stories in Amren in the future.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/MarcusCMarcellus?feature=mhee She Was Kinda Hot

    The Warden, the first of The Chronicles of Barset, is a wonderful critique of the early progressives, here Whigs, whose “reforms” cause more harm than good.  Trollope was a great critic of low church sanctimoniousness.  Mr. Slope is named thus to indicate his reformist, borderline evangelical position.  But it is in the final novel that the great battle between Whigs and Tories plays out.  Trollope knows the free market liberals win but lets us know how much will be lost in the passing of the aristocratic regime.  In this he links up with Flaubert, albeit sans la sexualite Francais.  

    He was also not shy about portraying the humiliation endured by insolvent aristocrats at the hands of certain money-changers off Fleet Street, but that’s…for another time.

  • Carney3

    For excellent writing that is a bit lighter in tone and a bit stronger on the colorful characters and levity, try anything by P. G. Wodehouse.

  • http://atlantarofters.blogspot.com The Sanity Inspector

    If all you know about a certain group of people is what you see on the news, over the counter, or through your windshield, you don’t really know those people.  When I lived in cheap apartments years ago, the black woman upstairs asked me to turn up the classical music on my stereo, because it reminded her of her mother.  I could give many recent similar examples, but for fear of compromising people’s privacy.

    • mikejones91

      The Law of Average. 

    • mikejones91

      My neighbors are black, and they are good people. But, my problem is that most blacks are NOT good. Realism, is NEVER racism.

    • mikejones91

      Most of us came here from OVER-exposure. This isn’t the 50s anymore where under-exposure/xenophobia is the cause of racism. The new cause of racism is TOO much diversity. 

    • mikejones91

      The anecdotal educated black man/woman story, yay, how typical! 

  • JohnEngelman

    His complexion was dark, but if you talked to him on the phone you might think you were talking to a white man. I wish I was still in touch with him. If he reads this, I wish he would contact me, but I do not want to post my e-mail address or phone number. 
     
    One of the things I preferred about the old system is that one could click on a comment, and learn the e-mail address of the person who posted it. 
     
    Needless to say, I have also had close Chinese American friends, although surprisingly no close Jewish friends, just a lot of Jews I liked. 

  • JohnEngelman

    If my friend was typical of blacks there would be few racial problems, just a few whites who resented blacks for performing so well, just as they resent East Asians for performing so well. 

  • kerrysmith

    Exceptions can’t prove rules, they can only disprove them. The original meaning of “proves” was basically ‘tests’.

  • jonnyfromfar

     15) Hip Hop concerts.

  • patriotdad76

    This article is 1000 years ahead of its time apparently…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JXLJ2FCD6CJF7XKJZPM4XUHNK4 xavier

    Truly narrow Anglo-centric perspective.  Every single European nation has produced outstanding writers and littérateurs.  Just because you don’t know of them or connect with them does not mean they don’t exist.  If you only speak English – it’s a fine list.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JXLJ2FCD6CJF7XKJZPM4XUHNK4 xavier

     Regarding Asians and other non-Westerns — it seems terribly arrogant to try to offer an opinion about their literature or get into their mindset if you can’t even get into the mindset of fellow Euro-Kavkasians.