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M. Stanton Evans has died at 80. I just drafted a short obituary of him for the next issue of National Review. The College Fix has posted its own, by Jennifer Kabbany. It includes a quote from me:

“When I founded the Student Free Press Association, Stan Evans was one of the first people I contacted for help and advice – and he was delighted to give it,” said John J. Miller, the association’s chairman and executive director. “I’m grateful for his generosity as well as his commitment to excellence in journalism and the mentoring of young people. He was also wickedly funny. I wish I could hear just one more wisecrack.”

The obituary features a video clip that I filmed with Stan a few years ago in the D.C. office of National Review. The sound isn’t great–that’s my fault–but the content is worthwhile. He emphasizes that the best writers, including opinion writers, base their work on facts and reporting. That’s what I’ve always tried to do in my own books and articles.

Just like Stan, I work with a lot of young writers, at Hillsdale College, through the Student Free Press Association and The College Fix, and more. I don’t know that I’ll ever be as good at it as Stan was, but his example shows how to do it well.

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The Bookmonger

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My new-and-improved author-interview podcasts have a homepage on Ricochet.com. (You can still follow them via National Review.) Since last month’s relaunch, we’ve had conversations about new books on Stalin, Burma, public-employee unions, the Federalist Society, and Brent Scowcroft. We’re adding a new podcast each week, sometimes more than one. Coming soon: discussions about Richard John Neuhaus [...]

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Rick Roll

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A little more than eight years ago, I covered Rick Santorum’s re-election campaign for the Senate in Pennsylvania. “There may not be a more important election for conservatives in the entire country this year,” I wrote in National Review. Alas, he lost, though he went on to become a national figure in 2012, when he [...]

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High Society

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