Unknown Pluto

June 5, 2015

NATIONAL REVIEW June 22, 2015 TO A PLANET UNKNOWN Our first photos of Pluto will end a pleasing mystery JOHN J. MILLER When the astronomer Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto in 1930, the writer H. P. Lovecraft recognized that this piece of late-breaking news could give one of his far-fetched tales a hint of ripped-from-the-headlines authenticity. […]

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One of My Kind

December 6, 2014

NATIONAL REVIEW December 22, 2014 ONE OF MY KIND On having a very common name JOHN J. MILLER While working on a story for National Review about ten years ago, I called an old acquaintance for an interview. His secretary picked up and I gave her my name. When he came on the line, we chit-chatted about […]

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The Humanities

October 6, 2014

NATIONAL REVIEW October 20, 2014 MAKING A LIVING WITH THE HUMANITIES You don’t have to major in finance JOHN J. MILLER Shortly after giving his State of the Union address this year, President Obama traveled to a General Electric factory in Wisconsin to praise federal job-training programs. “I promise you,” he said, “folks can make […]

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The Giver

July 26, 2014

NATIONAL REVIEW August 11, 2014 A GIFT FOR FREEDOM The powerful critique of paternalism in a forthcoming film JOHN J. MILLER “We really have to protect people from wrong choices,” says Jonas, the main character in The Giver, a novel by Lois Lowry. In just nine words, he summarizes the entire philosophy of progressive paternalism, the […]

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John Wayne

May 2, 2014

NATIONAL REVIEW May 19, 2014 ALL-AMERICAN JOHN J. MILLER John Wayne: The Life and Legend, by Scott Eyman (Simon & Schuster, 672 pp., $32.50) In “Among the Euro-Weenies,” a classic report on European attitudes toward America in the 1980s, P. J. O’Rourke describes going to dinner in London. “Your country’s never been invaded,” sniffs a […]

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Jonathan Swift

January 24, 2014

NATIONAL REVIEW Feburary, 10 2013 THE DEAN’S DELIGHT JOHN J. MILLER Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World, by Leo Damrosch (Yale, 592 pp., $35) When Peter O’Toole died in December, the obituaries dutifully mentioned his starring role in Lawrence of Arabia as well as his other achievements on screen and stage. Most overlooked one of the […]

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