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See Before You Die

January 21, 2017

A student asked me to list my favorite horror movies. So I made a list.

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J School Blues

January 11, 2017

What college journalism programs need is more liberal arts. That’s what I argue in a piece for the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal (formerly the John William Pope Center): Mark Twain—who was better known in his own time as a journalist than as a novelist—supposedly once quipped: “I have never let schooling interfere with […]

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Can’t Happen

January 6, 2017

In the new National Review, I write on how liberals use and abuse Sinclair Lewis’s novel It Can’t Happen Here: Imagine this pitch for a dystopian novel: An ambitious 48-year-old Democratic senator from Illinois runs for president. He promises to raise taxes, restrict personal incomes, and collectivize everything. “Call me a socialist!” he says. Deposing a […]

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Meet the Preston

January 4, 2017

My latest podcast is with Douglas Preston, author of The Lost City of the Monkey God, a nonfiction, Indiana Jones-style story about finding an ancient ruin in an impenetrable jungle, full of jaguars, venom-spitting snakes, and deadly viruses. The book is really good–I read it in about 24 hours.

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Banks On It

December 1, 2016

My profile of Jim Banks, the new Republican congressman from Indiana, is in the new issue of National Review: His showing also suggests that although conservatives will support many parts of Trump’s agenda, their political survival won’t necessarily demand complete fidelity: Banks favors free trade, entitlement reform, and traditional strategic alliances, such as NATO.

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The Choice for You

November 23, 2016

Martin Roy Hill on The First Assassin: If I were to write a one-sentence elevator pitch for John J. Miller’s The First Assassin, it would be this: Gone With the Wind meets The Day of the Jackal. … Miller, who normally writes nonfiction, brings the America of 1861 alive with rich detail and believable characters. His picture of the pro-slavery […]

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