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Paul Boyer

Signs of the Times

One of the interesting things about Richard Weaver’s Ideas Have Consequences  (1948) is the dust jacket for the first edition. The cover art features an assortment of headlines “ripped” from the front page of newspapers — “Thousands Flee Arab Mobs,” “Riot Torn India Free Today,” “Girl Delinquency Found Increasing,” “Guns Roar in Palestine,” “11th Red Veto Jolts U.N.” — and scattered across a gray background in an off-kilter collage of Really Bad News.  Not superimposed over these grim headlines, but crowding them out and pushing them aside is a large oval of bright red, like a great big pill.  Against Read more