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Shirley Jackson

May 23, 2010

This week, the Library of America issues its Shirley Jackson volume, Novels and Stories. It includes The Haunting of Hill House, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, and “The Lottery.” Just before Halloween last year, I wrote on Jackson for the Wall Street Journal. The piece opens with a description of how Jackson came […]

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Ronnie James Dio

May 17, 2010

The heavy-metal vocalist has died. The man possessed a great set of pipes. As a teenager, I enjoyed his music and a number of his songs seem to hold up well: “Holy Diver,” “The Last In Line,” and (probably my favorite nowadays) “Mystery.” This was during a period when I listened to a lot of […]

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Frank Frazetta

May 11, 2010

The fantasy illustrator Frank Frazetta has died. I came to know and admire his work because it appeared on the cover of Conan paperbacks. The words in those books mattered more to me than the images on their outsides, but Frazetta possessed a powerful vision that influenced my mental picture of Conan and his world. […]

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Military History

May 4, 2010

My latest NRO podcast is with Victor Davis Hanson, the military historian. Three-and-a-half years ago, I wrote “Sounding Taps” for NR, on the death of military history in the academy. It’s one of my better NR articles, if I do say so myself. I’m 99-percent certain that I discussed the article with VDH while I […]

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April 27, 2010

This week’s NRO podcast is with Alan Brinkley, on his new biography of Henry Luce, the founder of Time magazine. In our conversation, Brinkley admits that Luce probably wouldn’t recognize or care for the publication that Time has evolved (or devolved) into. It brings to mind another great 20th-century magazine that has become a shadow […]

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Arthur C. Clarke

April 14, 2010

My recent podcast interview with Paul Davies on SETI includes a reference to SF author Arthur C. Clarke. When Clarke died two years ago, I wrote an appreciation of him in the Wall Street Journal. A few years beforehand, when another prominent author had passed away, my editor at the Journal asked if I could […]

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