My profile of Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate for president, appears in the new National Review.

Perhaps the anti-Trump and anti-Hillary factions will give Johnson a look, and then a boost. Given this year’s baffling politics, who can say with certainty that the former governor of New Mexico won’t play a part?

(Read it on the National Review site here.)



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My latest article in National Review is on writer’s block:

I approached the topic with skepticism. As a writer, I’ve had good days and bad days — but I’ve never struggled with the sheer inability to write. Many people have a starry-eyed, artsy view of what writers do. Not me. I see writing as work, and agree with Samuel Johnson (via Boswell): “A man may write anytime if he will set himself doggedly to it.” Do ditchdiggers ever acquire ditchdigger’s block? They may suffer sore backs, but they also do their jobs. Why should writers be different?

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