Culture

Robert E. Howard’s Conan

August 10, 2010

WALL STREET JOURNAL December 13, 2006 FROM PEN TO SWORD Robert E. Howard’s Conan JOHN J. MILLER Actor-turned-politician Arnold Schwarzenegger recently won an easy re-election as California’s governor. His movie-screen alter ego, Conan the Barbarian, never had to bother with yawping masses of voters — but he seems no less popular these days, judging from […]

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Stephen Coonts

August 10, 2010

WALL STREET JOURNAL October 24, 2006 WAR STORIES How Coonts’s career took off JOHN J. MILLER The first sentence in the first novel by Stephen Coonts provides a fitting metaphor for the author’s literary career: “The starboard bow catapult fired, and the A-6A Intruder accelerated down the flight deck with a roar that engulfed the […]

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The Stalinist and the Stamp

August 3, 2010

WALL STREET JOURNAL July 6, 2001 THE STALINIST AND THE STAMP The wonders of postal diversity JOHN J. MILLER The U.S. Postal Service just tore down a social barrier that most Americans probably didn’t even know existed: It issued the first stamp honoring a Hispanic woman. Several Hispanic men have already appeared on postage — […]

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Language Extinction

August 3, 2010

WALL STREET JOURNAL March 8, 2002 HOW DO YOU SAY ‘EXTINCT’? Languages die; The United Nations is upset about this JOHN J. MILLER When Marie Smith-Jones passes away, she will take with her a small but irreplaceable piece of human culture. That’s because the octogenarian Anchorage resident is the last speaker of Eyak, the traditional […]

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Louis L’Amour

August 3, 2010

WALL STREET JOURNAL May 3, 2002 THE LAST OF HIS BREED But still a writer for our moment–even in boot camp JOHN J. MILLER Today a comic-book superhero will swoop through thousands of movie theaters wearing a red-and-blue jumpsuit and fighting a green supervillain with big yellow eyes. Well, bully for him. There is certainly […]

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The Two Towers

August 3, 2010

WALL STREET JOURNAL December 6, 2002 MYTH AT THE MULTIPLEX JOHN J. MILLER The movie version of “The Two Towers” opens on Dec. 18, the second installment in what is already a blockbuster J.R.R. Tolkien film trilogy. The new movie begins (at least it did at a recent screening) by replaying part of a scene […]

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