Culture

Book Review: Constant Battles

August 10, 2010

WALL STREET JOURNAL May 20, 2003 WAR OF ALL AGAINST ALL JOHN J. MILLER CONSTANT BATTLES By Steven A. LeBlanc with Katherine E. Register (St. Martin’s, 271 pages, $25.95) About 1,000 people die in local wars around the world each day. That’s two people every three minutes or so, in places like the Balkans, Central […]

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Currituck Beach Lighthouse

August 10, 2010

WALL STREET JOURNAL February 5, 2003 A BEACON LURES TOURISTS–AND THE COUNTY JOHN J. MILLER No road led to the Currituck Beach Lighthouse, near Corolla, N.C., when John Wilson first laid eyes on it as an adult, in 1978. He and some friends had driven a Jeep along the shore at low tide to reach […]

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Roy Chapman Andrews

August 10, 2010

WALL STREET JOURNAL May 21, 2001 DANGER, DERRING-DO AND OTHER MUSEUM WORK JOHN J. MILLER DRAGON HUNTER By Charles Gallenkamp (Viking, 344 pages, $29.95) GEORGE LUCAS has always denied that his movie character Indiana Jones was based on the American explorer Roy Chapman Andrews. And it is true that in one respect the comparison doesn’t […]

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Yearning to Breathe Free? What Nerve!

August 10, 2010

WALL STREET JOURNAL July 26, 1996 YEARNING TO BREATHE FREE? WHAT NERVE! JOHN J. MILLER One of my grandmother’s earliest memories is of the Statue of Liberty. She first spotted it as a four-year-old girl, an immigrant from Austria-Hungary, sailing into the New York Harbor in 1911. Like so many other foreign-born Americans, she attached […]

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Some Additions to the Menu

August 10, 2010

WALL STREET JOURNAL March 3, 2006 SOME ADDITIONS TO THE MENU JOHN J. MILLER The season of Lent, which began on Wednesday, brings to mind an odd request the Vatican received from South America in the 17th century. The faithful sought permission to eat capybaras on Fridays during the six weeks before Easter, when Catholics […]

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The Wizard of Oz

August 10, 2010

WALL STREET JOURNAL May 11, 2006 DOWN THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD OF OVERINTERPRETATION JOHN J. MILLER The day that L. Frank Baum finished the story that would make him famous, he knew he had something special in his hands. So he took out a fresh piece of paper and scribbled a short commemoration: “With this […]

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