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The professors of decline are again picking up their pens. Here is a sneak preview of one of the finest of the genre

By Frederic Raphael   October 1998

Among my autumn reading, I am looking forward to a brilliant new book entitled Going West. If promises are kept, it will offer a trenchant analysis, garnished with specific and spicy examples, of what its exultantly pessimistic author regards as “the end of morals”:

“When adultery becomes sincerity and sharp practice secures promotion, when fraud is enterprise and plagiarism authorship, when nobility is gained at the gang-bang and titles by bragging, when the truth is a lie with the right spin on it and when God is a prude with an out-of-date agenda, what morality has more leverage than a…

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