Graham Cunningham

About Graham Cunningham

Graham Cunningham is a writer of occasional essays and poems. His work has appeared in The New Criterion, The American Conservative, and Quadrant, among others.

Reports of Music’s Death Are Greatly Exaggerated

By |2020-04-16T10:13:32-05:00April 16th, 2020|Categories: Bruce Springsteen, Culture, Modernity, Music, Western Civilization|

Can it really be the case that Western music’s deep reservoir of creativity had, by the middle of the 20th century, almost entirely run dry? This somewhat implausible view is often implicit in conservative-leaning cultural commentary when it touches on the subject of rock music. There is, to be sure, much to despise—the peculiar rock [...]

Freedom of a Certain Kind

By |2014-03-27T13:33:40-05:00March 27th, 2014|Categories: Poetry|Tags: |

Was it a golden age of freedom of a certain kind and were we then the lucky ones the unchained, in my terms? The next utopia may be rich and sweet a virtual paradise perhaps and honeycombed with images but from which there is no escape no vantage point or cold light of day. From [...]

I Wonder Who They Pray To

By |2014-02-28T07:39:28-06:00February 28th, 2014|Categories: Poetry|Tags: |

As I watch them in the park spry old couple, ninety odd hearts re-bored and tooled up with walking, hearing, seeing aids a twinkle even in the eye leaning close, holding hands these taller, longer-living things our ever-lengthening DNA string she blushes, he grins, I wonder who we must thank? The gentleman scientist medicine man? [...]

Informing Without Inspiration: Modern Media

By |2016-08-22T23:35:56-05:00February 8th, 2014|Categories: Education, Liberal Learning, Television|Tags: |

The London Daily Telegraph recently ran an article in which a young history graduate recounts the political bias that threaded through all ten years of his education. A major module in his degree course—from a top flight university—was about “the ramblings of John Lennon and Yoko Ono”. The prescribed reading-list of Obama presidency critiques focussed [...]

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