Fear Not

February 8, 2017

My latest in the Wall Street Journal: “Who’s Afraid of Student Journalists?”

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Greek To Me

February 4, 2017

I’m not an expert on ancient Greek computers, but I pretend to be one when I write book reviews for the Wall Street Journal. Here’s my latest, on the Antikythera Mechanism.

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First Assassin Fire Sale

February 1, 2017

My novel The First Assassin is just $1 on Kindle this month!

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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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