[Review by Caleb Stegall, at http://www.godspy.com]
A CALL TO ARMS: A REVIEW OF LOOK HOMEWARD, AMERICA
In "Look Homeward, America", Bill Kauffman offers an idiosyncratic look at the real split underlying American society and politics -- not the one between Republicans and Democrats, or conservatives and liberals, but between materialists who recognize only a temporal order and those who admit to a higher, transcendent order.
...the result is, by design, impossible to categorize. Kauffman's collection of throwbacks and throwaways, retreads and retrofits, hillbillies and hell-raisers, poet politicians and insubordinate patriots is a stinging rebuke to political categorizers, taxonomers of the soul, and those who reduce humanity to the talking heads and soundbitten ghosts of American punditry. Kauffman describes himself as an 'outsider even among outsiders' and 'the love child of Henry Thoreau and Dorothy Day, conceived amidst the asters and goldenrod of an Upstate New York autumn.' ...FULL ARTICLE
Look Homeward, America: In Search of Reactionary Radicals and Front-Porch Anarchists
by Bill Kauffman
(ISI Books, 2006).