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Witness Protection

April 5, 2010

The house in which Whittaker Chambers wrote Witness burned down three months ago. I reported on the fire here, here, and here. My professional interest in the story drew from my 2007 article in National Review on an eminent domain threat to the Chambers property. I spent a day at the Chambers farm with John […]

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March 28, 2010

At my daughter’s soccer tournament this weekend, the players received Chick-fil-A coupons. Another parent on the team said, “let’s go!” Then someone reminded him that it was Sunday. Chick-fil-A restaurants are closed on Sundays. It made me think of this video by the hilarious Tim Hawkins. “What a dirty rotten trick to play.” A couple […]

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March 19, 2010

SF veteran Ben Bova’s new book, Able One, features Airborne Laser (ABL)–a missile-defense program that the disarmament crowd is always trying to eliminate. (A reviewer raves here.) A few years ago, I visited an ABL prototype at Andrews Air Force Base and wrote about it for National Review.

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George Mason

March 11, 2010

An NRO reader recently asked for my opinion of George Mason University. I don’t have much to say about the undergraduate experience. I’ve been on the campus and have some vague impressions–the economics department is highly regarded–but nothing more. A few years ago, however, I did write a feature for NR on GMU’s law school, […]

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Gary Gygax

March 4, 2010

The co-inventor of Dungeons & Dragons, Gary Gygax, died two years ago today. I’ve written about D&D for NRO and the Wall Street Journal. The NRO article is more personal. It’s called “I Was a Teenage Half-Orc.” The WSJ piece is more reportorial, focused on how the game has evolved over three-plus decades. My 12-year-old […]

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Upton Sinclair

February 24, 2010

For my current book, I’ve been reading a bit of work by and about turn-of-the-century muckraking journalists. The last time I did this was for an article on the most famous member of their ranks, Upton Sinclair, on the 100th anniversary of his best-known book, The Jungle. Reading the article again today, I’m interested to […]

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