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John Be Nimble, John Be Quick

Sometimes keeping your skirts clean might involve jumping over a mud puddle and into oncom...

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What Kind of Parents Produce a Miley Cyrus?

Well, since it’s the hot topic of the week I may as well hop on the Miley Cyrus bandwago...

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‘Henry Wood Detective Agency’ Is Solid Entertainment

From time to time, I review a novel and tell you that I admired the writing, but did not...

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Children and Cultural Norms

The cover of the latest edition of Time magazine features two beautiful people, a man and ...

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Leonard, Michaels and the Passing of American Values

Two prominent authors of crime fiction left us in the last week, but only one received muc...

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‘Unlimited’ Has Limits, But Rewards the Reader

Simon Orwell is a bartender who used to be an electrical engineer. When we first encount...

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Albert Murray RIP

Albert Murray, one of the giants of American culture, died last weekend.  He was 97 years...

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Russian Athletes’ Kiss Sparks Political Speculation

Now that American homosexual-advocacy groups rule the United States, they are trying to ad...

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Breaking Bad’s Final Season Off to a Great Start

Breaking Bad’s final season is off with a bang, with two of the strongest episodes in th...

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Detective Stories, Democracy, and Rule of Law

In his classic book on Golden Age mysteries, Murder for Pleasure, the critic Howard Haycra...

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Daniel Day Lewis is Scary Good as Lincoln

Living in the land of Lincoln for way too many years, we’ve talked of heading down to Sp...

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Book Review: ‘Island of the White Rose’

Island of the White Rose - By R. Ira Harris - Bridge Works Publishing - 2013 - Hardcover -...

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Critiquing the Record of Our ‘Scientist-in-Chief’

An intellectual journal called The New Atlantis has an excellent 10-year-record of worki...

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Getting Serious about Humor

The "progressive" urge to improve society from top to bottom—first flourishing in modern...

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BBC America Crime Drama ‘Broadchurch’ Disappoints as Genre Effort, but Has Compensations

The new (to U.S.. viewers) British crime series Broadchurch premieres tonight on BBC Ameri...

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Jeff Shelby’s ‘Thread’ Books Are Well Spun

One of the delights of owning a Kindle is that often, when you’ve finished a book in a...

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Liberalism vs. Socialism

Winston Churchill, much like today's so-called "conservatives," talked one way but walked ...

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‘Hard Case Crime’ Novels Perhaps Too Authentic Hard-Boiled

Hard Case Crime is an intriguing specialized imprint. Their publishing strategy, which I...

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Book Review: ‘Faith on Earth?’

Faith on Earth? By Lou Poumakis. 2013 - Trade paperback - 152 pages - ISBN 978-0-9831957-8...

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The Postmodern Liberal Mind and Obsession with Race

Howard Fineman is a quintessential “mainstream” journalist, moderately liberal, reason...

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A Very Good Year

Ann Althouse has been blogging about her deceased father's record collection, which is h...

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Life Imitating Art

Did you ever see the techno-thriller Stealth (2005)? Don't feel slighted if you didn't....

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“Socialism and Its Menace”, Said the President

The President calling socialism a "menace"? Have we fallen into a time warp? In a manner ...

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The Zimmerman Trial and the Postmodern Liberal Mind

It’s been hard to escape the post-mortem on the trial of George Zimmerman, who was found...

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Koontz’ ‘Deeply Odd’ is Deeply Satisfying

In such a short time, Mrs. Fischer and I had achieved a degree of friendship that a...

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Adjectival Jihad—With a Side Trip to Adverbial Adversity

Lately there has been a move to abolish—or at least severely curtail—use of the adverb...

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TNT’s ‘Major Crimes’ Episode Tackles Gender Issues Without Moralizing

Last night's episode of the TNT police procedural drama Major Crimes used the subject o...

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Abortion and Liberal Heroism

Modern liberals can be funny animals. Here we are over 30 years post Roe v. Wade, with a g...

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Some Things Never Change — Christ and Mohammed

THEN . . . An anomalous instance — for the time period (1897) — of Islamic butchery p...

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Where Were You in ’32?

It's instructive to see what preoccupied our predecessors. Some of these names and issues ...

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The Differences Between Humor and Wit

Well over a century ago, one of the editors of The Atlantic Monthly (probably Bliss Perry)...

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‘FrackNation’ on AXS-TV Tonight

A message from acclaimed documentary filmmakers Phelim and Ann McAleer: Last night HBO pre...

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Fox Is Top News Source: Gallup Poll

The latest poll from Gallup examines where Americans get their news. Some takeaways:  F...