"There is always a philosophy for lack of courage."—Albert Camus

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Wit Occurs, But Whittaker Endures

May I second the motion by the great Hunter Baker that we should all take the time to read Witness by Whittaker Chambers? Hunter's spotlight has caught the magnificence of soul; may I append my humble flashlight? I note as well that Mr. Chambers was one of the master prose stylists of the 20th Century, resembling in some ways my hero Mr. Ben Hecht, and serving as a precursor for such contemporary wordsmiths as Peggy Noonan.

I also appeal to all Jewish and Christian parochial high schools to make this book part of their syllabus, both for its literary and historical quality.

1 comment:

Hunter Baker said...

Amen to that last bit, Mr. Homnick. I think high school students public and private should be reading Witness.