Thurgood Marshall

My Marshall Plan

Over Memorial Day weekend, some shocking news broke about the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. ...

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Alexandra Ocasio Cortez

The 18 Most Annoying People of 2018

Another year has passed. Let us shove it off the cliff and watch its brains get bashed to ...


Is This Worse Than ’68?

Saturday, in Pittsburgh, a Sabbath celebration at the Tree of Life synagogue became the si...

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Jot This Down

In Chekhov’s The Seagull, there is a character called Trigorin. He is a writer (a good w...

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When Paris Shut Down

Bonjour, mes amis! Fifty years ago this month I was living in Paris and life was, shall we...

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Adam Parfrey Saved My Life

During his 61 years on this earth, Adam Parfrey was called a fascist, a commie, a Nazi, a ...

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Ski Salons

What I miss most up here in the Alps are the literary lunches conducted on the fly with wr...

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Bill Kristol

The 17 Most Annoying People of 2017

Writing this on New Year’s Eve and staring at the past annum in the rearview mirror, you...


Robert Mugabe

Poor Robert Mugabe

After 37 years of murderous and destructive rule, it looks like the curtain is finally com...

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Jerry Pournelle

In Memoriam: Jerry Pournelle

My friend Jerry Pournelle has died at age 84. Jerry was the embodiment of a famous quote b...

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Rough Diamond

This year marks the 20th anniversary of one of the odder best-sellers of the 1990s, polyma...

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Hitler’s Survival

Robert Harris’ new novel, Munich, will be published in September. It’s too early to re...


War is Hell

Thinking about Syria, I"€™ve been rereading The End: The Defiance and Destruction of Hit...

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Ernest Hemingway

The Importance of Being Ernest

Like many who had read, enjoyed, and admired Hemingway, I read A.E. Hotchner's memoir Papa...