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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Behold: Macbeth

September 12, 2017

I have a new show with National Review: the Great Books podcast. These will be weekly, 30-minute conversations with scholars. The first episode is on Macbeth with my Adam Carrington, my colleague at Hillsdale College.

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Summer Reading 2017

August 1, 2017

My picks for National Review‘s 2017 summer reading symposium are: The Lost City of the Monkey God, by Douglas Preston; The Night Ocean, by Paul La Farge; and Thomas Hart Benton: An American Original, by Henry Adams. Click the link to read why.

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Spy Guy

July 27, 2017

My article on best-selling author Daniel Silva is in the new National Review.

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Pod People

July 20, 2017

Here are a few of my recent podcast victims: Carl Cannon, Peter Kirsanow, George Melloan, Henry Olsen, and Brad Thor.

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