Micheal Lind The Alamo

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The Alamo

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Michael Lind, a New Yorker staff writer and author of the incendiary account of the resurgent American right in Up from Conservatism and The Next American Nation, where he introduced the much-praised concept of the "overclass," has written an epic poem on one of the greatest events in U.S. history - the defense of the Alamo. Twelve years in the writing, it is a novel in verse by a sixth-generation Texan who is steeped in the lore and myth of the epic battle that was the forerunner of the Mexican War and a symbol of American resolve to fight to the death for independence. This is the first major epic poem to appear in the U.S. since Stephen Vincent Benet's best-selling John Brown's Body, which is still in print today, sixty years after its publication. And it will introduce a new generation of readers to a pivotal moment in our nation's history which has been mythologized but never recreated in such historically accurate fashion. Bringing to life the legendary figures in this drama - Da

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Let me get this straight--a 300-page epic poem about the Alamo, written for the most part in archaic and elevated pentameters? Given the sheer perversity of such a task, Michael Lind is probably as good a choice as any. After all, he was enough of a contrarian to defect from his neoconservative mentors at the height of their influence. So why shouldn't he take a shot at resuscitating the Homeric epic? The result, alas, is pretty tough sledding. Even his best lines have a musty formality to them, as if they'd been dictated by an equestrian statue. And while you have to give Lind credit for packaging an enormous amount of historical information--and for sheer ambition--even the most ardent Davy Crockett fans are going to find it hard to swallow lines such as ". . . Anglo-American/Texans, the majority,/now fear for their security." Not to mention their rhyming dictionaries.

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Michael Lind is a staff writer at The New Yorker.

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