Quote For The Day II

"This age needs rather men like Shakespeare, or Milton, or Pope; men who are filled with the strength of their cultures and do not transcend the limits of their age, but, working within the times, bring what is peculiar to the moment to glory. We need great artists who are willing to accept restrictions, and who love their environments with such vitality that they can produce an epic out of the Protestant ethic ... Whatever the many failings of my work, let it stand as a manifesto of my love for the time in which I was born,” - John Updike.

This sentiment - exploring what we know and not seeking to "transcend the limits of our age" is very conservative in the Oakeshottian sense, and one senses an appreciation of that by the few public intellectuals who retains a grasp of the conservative core, Sam Tanenhaus.