The Secret Agent

September 26, 2016

NATIONAL REVIEW October 10, 2016 DAWN OF THE TERROR ERA JOHN J. MILLER When Martial Bourdin moved through the streets of London on February 15, 1894, he planned to strike a blow against the order of the world — or so it would seem, judging from his decision to bomb the Royal Observatory in Greenwich […]

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July 28, 2016

DETROIT NEWS August 18, 2011 YOU CAN COME HOME AGAIN JOHN J. MILLER When I moved away from Michigan almost 20 years ago, I didn’t think I was coming back. I was born in Detroit, raised in the suburbs, and had just earned my degree from the University of Michigan. And I was anxious to […]

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Writer’s Block

May 6, 2016

NATIONAL REVIEW May 23, 2016 WORDSMITHS WITHOUT WORDS Examining the nature of writer’s block JOHN J. MILLER ‘The first point about writer’s block is that relatively little has been written about it.” That’s the second sentence of the introduction to a 1991 book by Zachary Leader called — wait for it — “Writer’s Block.” The claim makes […]

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Iron Maiden

January 8, 2016

NATIONAL REVIEW January 25, 2016 SCHOOL OF ROCK What you an learn listening to Iron Maiden JOHN J. MILLER The heavy-metal band Iron Maiden often starts its concerts or encores with a short lesson in history and rhetoric. As fans watch jumbo screens fill with black-and-white images of aerial combat from World War II, they […]

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George H. Nash

November 16, 2015

NATIONAL REVIEW November 19, 2015 THE BOOKS THAT SHAPED OUR MINDS (an excerpt) We asked some prominent conservative thinkers which books influenced them most. John J. Miller The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America since 1945, by George H. Nash (ISI, 660 pp., $25) Meeting Russell Kirk was one of the great thrills of my early […]

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Classical Academies

October 2, 2015

NATIONAL REVIEW October 19, 2015 BACK TO BASICS The resurgence of classical education JOHN J. MILLER Dan Scoggin once thought that he would spend his career teaching college students about Victorian novels. This was back when he was pursuing his Ph.D. in English literature. After taking a job at Tempe Prep in Arizona in 1998, […]

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