I don’t have any Robert E. Howard items to donate to the upcoming silent auction for the Robert E. Howard Museum in Cross Plains, Texas. But I’m sending a signed copy of The Big Scrum, which I like to think REH, the creator of Conan the Barbarian, might have enjoyed. In the envelope, I’m including my Wall Street Journal tribute to REH on the occasion of his centenary, eight years ago, if only to prove my street creed with the organizers.


My article on Gov. John Kasich of Ohio is in the new National Review.

So why does virtually no presidential buzz surround Ohio’s governor? Kasich’s résumé looks just about perfect for a Republican. He’s the tax-cutting, jobs-growing, pro-life chief executive of a swing state that could represent the difference between victory and defeat for a GOP nominee. He’s also a proven winner. Since his first run for public office in 1978, Kasich never has lost an election — he’s eleven for eleven — and a few of his races have involved tough and scrappy triumphs that lesser candidates might not have pulled off.


Call It Yuggoth

March 27, 2014

My new cause: Scientists have discovered a new dwarf planet. It currently goes by the label “2012 VP113,” but it will need a proper name soon. Its name should be Yuggoth, in tribute to the writer H.P. Lovecraft: “Yuggoth … is a strange dark orb at the very rim of our solar system.” That’s from “The Whisperer in [...]

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Stick It to de Man

March 18, 2014

I’ve followed the controversy over the anti-Semitic writings of Paul de Man ever since the scandal broke, way back in the 1980s. It was the subject of a term paper I wrote for a literary-theory class. I enjoyed writing the paper because I thought deconstructionism was dumb–the sort of dumb thing that only really smart [...]

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The Lorax in the Senate

March 11, 2014

Senators are reading The Lorax, the picture book by Dr. Seuss. A couple of years ago, when the movie based on the book came out, I wrote about Seuss and The Lorax for National Review. The piece is reprinted online today: The conclusion of The Lorax is more hopeful, but its full vision is nearly as dark [...]

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It Sparkles!

March 7, 2014

The Claremont Review of Books–one of my favorite publications–has a long essay on football by Michael Nelson in its just-published Winter 2013/14 issue. Nelson covers nearly a dozen books, including–wait for it, wait for it–The Big Scrum! He calls it “sparkling,” and you’ll just have to take my word for it: There’s no link to [...]

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