Blog Posts

Into the Shadowlands

November 8, 2017

My review of “Shadowlands,” the play by William Nicholson about C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidman, is posted here. Performances in New York run through January 7.

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In the Zone

October 29, 2017

My review of The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia by Steven Jay Rubin is in the Wall Street Journal.

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The Great Books Podcast

October 21, 2017

Check out The Great Books podcast, hosted by moi, with recent episodes on Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and Macbeth, Beowulf, Paradise Lost, and Pride and Prejudice.

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Full Nelson

October 6, 2017

My profile of the novelist Nelson DeMille is in the Wall Street Journal. We talk about Cuba, Communism, and the writing life.

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KV, RR, & WFB

October 3, 2017

The new National Review carries my article on Kurt Vonnegut, with an emphasis on his connections to Ronald Reagan and William F. Buckley Jr. as well as his short-story masterpiece “Harrison Bergeron.” The image below shows Vonnegut’s single appearance on Firing Line, with Buckley on the left and Vonnegut on the right (paradoxically) and Norman […]

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The Great Books Podcast

October 1, 2017

My new podcast for National Review is now four episodes old. It’s called The Great Books, and each one is a 30-minute conversation with a scholar or expert on a worthy book. So far we’ve covered Macbeth, Pride and Prejudice, Xenophon’s Expedition of Cyrus (aka Anabasis), and Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself.” Coming soon: Paradise […]

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