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COVER ENTERTAINMENTS the most controversial movies of the season. Starring
Anthony Perkins and Kathleen Turner, the movie is
not short on talent, but according to associate arts
Ribbon cutting Pages 3-4 Happenings Pages 7 -10 editor Dennis Harvey, it's not put to the best of use.
Expected dramatic declines in the college-age A complete guide to the Ann Arbor entertainment
population have pushed the University's largest community, featuring quick reviews of both current
college, Literature Science and the Arts, to a and second run films as well as an extensive list of the
crossroads. The college is now in the midst of an in- various speakers. plays, and musical events all week RECORDS
depth look at the problems facing a liberal arts long. Also, Eats and Drinks is a handy guide to dining Quite a pair Pae 13
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Photo by Dan Habib of Rajeev Samantrai, Herb The Drongos and the Church, two relatively young
Eagle, Lew Klinesmith, and (foreground) Jack bands, both have new albums out and they're both
Meiland of the Blue Ribbon Committee. INTERVIEW good. The similarities stop there, however. Bran-
Chit-chat Page 11 ching out in different pop directions, each has forged
RELEASES a new-and exciting-sound,
Alan Rudolph, director of Choose Me, a movie that
promises to be this summer's sleeper hit, spoke
recently with Daily Arts editor Fannie Weinstein. BOOKS
Rudolph talked about his feelings toward the
What's new? Pages 5 -6 Hollywood system and the experience of making his Tradition! Pages 14 -15
The record industry is a busy place. It's so busy in latest film. Noted Christian theologian Jaroslav Pelikan has
fact that sometimes it's tough to keep up with written a new book looking at the natire of tradition,
everything. Recent Albums is a series of quick The Vindication of Tradition. He sees that there must
reviews on many of the important releases of the last MOVIES be a middle ground between worship of the past and
couple of weeks and it helps to get a handle on the Guilty as charged Page 12 apathy towards it. His conclusions are insightful and
scene. Ken subtly powerful according to Daily reviewer Michael
Russell's Crimes of Passion is touted as one of E. Moore.
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historicist studies have shown how
time-bound are the theology and
philosophy of any age, Pelikan turns to
a complex allusion drawn from the
medieval debate over icons and
idolatry. In that debate, an idol was
defined as an image which pretends to
embody the truth it represents, while
an icon beckons us to look past it toward
a transcendant reality.
Far from trying to ignore historicist
works, which would be ridiculous even
were it possible in an historian, Pelikan
is searching for a way in which that
work can be retained while still affir-
ming tradition. Historicism, as he says,
has made it impossible any longer to
make an idol of tradition. This does not,
however, preclude the -possibility that
tradition can be vindicated as an icon.
This is to say that one must look beyond
the particular embodiment of the
tradition toward the truth which tran-
scends the particular. Tradition
qualifies as an icon... when it does
not present itself as coextensive with
the truth it teaches, but does present
itself as the way that we who are its
heirs must follow if we are to go
beyond it....
Anyone who has wrestled with the
problem of tradition as it relates to
himself knows that knowledge from a
tradition does not always harmonize
with the flash of inspiration. The
assumption that one or the other must
prevail leads to two contrary mistakes,
in Pelikan's view: a complete rejection
of tradition in favor of insight, on the

one hand, and the idolatry of tradition
on the other. Having identified the two
rocks between which a vindification of
tradition must pass, he then details the
arguments in favor of coming to deeper
understanding of tradition.
Above all, tradition draws men to it
because of its wealth and depth. This is
why the inability to know the tradition,
whether out of a lack of knowledge or of
care, is so debilitating. Ancient and
modern scholars have returned again
and again to tradition because not only
did the formulas of the tradition
contain assumption that could now
be spelled out... the formulas also
were themselves specific instances of
universal principles that could now
be creatively reapplied to new
situations. It is as such a treasure-
house that tradition gave continual
guidance to law and theology.
Pelikan denies that anounce of
tradition might spoil a pound of in-
spiration. Anyone who supposes that
tradition must inhibit creativity
need only listen, one after another,
to two or three settings of the Mass,
to hear how the composer has been
able to find-Beethoven's Missa
Solemnis in the "Kyrie", but
Bach 's B-Minor Mass in the
"Dona novispacem "-a vehicle for
an utterly personal and subjective
voice in this eminently public and
thoroughly traditional text in the
Latin Mass.

Cut off from tradition, the artist
becomes "self-indulgent", writing for
himself, wanting nothing greater than
"expression"-which ultimately finds
no response in a public that can have no
access to so purely private a world.
Here Pelikan echoes arguments found
in Czeslaw Milosz's recent work, The
Witness of Poetry.
In these passages which refer to ar-
tistic work, Pelikan has offered a
challenge which goes beyond the
historian's chambers. And it is a call
which despite the grip which moder-
nist/subjectivist opinion has over
editorial boards and in critical circles,
deserves to be heeded by the artist. It is
he who will determine, after all, the
future course of his art, no the critic.
Pelikan has prepared a careful
assessment of what tradition has to of-
fer the modern man, and this, finally, is
what will determine whether it is rejec-
ted or vindicated. By including the
dead in the circle of discourse, we
enrich the quality of the conver-
sation. Such a sentence is a tough nut
to crack for those who are engaged in
the endless bridge-burning of the
"avant garde."
First of all, however, comes the need
for study. The tradition cannot serve as
a treasure-house until it is known, and
this is the task required of historian and
artist alike.
What you have as heritage,
Take now as task;
For thus you will make it your

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