Know Your Enemy #13: What Happened to Norman? with David Klion

Know Your Enemy #13: What Happened to Norman? with David Klion

To plumb the depths of the neoconservative soul, Matt and Sam read Norman Podhoretz’s 1967 memoir Making It with David Klion of Jewish Currents.

Neoconservative theorist and writer Norman Podhoretz at home in New York City. (Photo by David Howells/Corbis via Getty Images)

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We’re back with our first episode of 2020! To plumb the depths of the neoconservative soul, we read Norman Podhoretz’s 1967 memoir Making It with our friend David Klion of Jewish Currents (and Twitter.com).

Making It is Norman Podhoretz’s 1967 memoir about his journey from the working-class neighborhood of Brownsville, Brooklyn to his heady ascent in the New York literary scene of 1950s and ’60s. It’s also a fascinating psychological study of a man on the cusp of converting from Cold War liberalism to what came to be known as neoconservatism—a shift driven, at least in part, by the cool reception of this book. Making It proves a fascinating text through which to understand not just one conservative mind, but multiple generations of New York intellectuals, the neoconservative movement, and the politics of grievance, self-pity, and narcissism that have come to define much of conservatism in the Trump era.

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