Books

Signs and omens

Featured image We greatly enjoyed the news regarding the rollout of the new biography of (Don’t Forget to Call Her Doctor) Jill Biden’s biography by AP reporters Julie Pace and Darlene Superville. What was the news? The sales were dismal. We filed the news under “Signs and omens.” I feel obligated to update that post with Bloomberg’s report that Kamala Harris collected some $450,000 in book royalties during her first year in »

Signs and omens

Featured image In terms of sales, the rollout of the biography of the eminent Dr. Jill Biden by AP reporters Julie Pace and Darlene Superville was not impressive. Despite supportive press, the book sold only 250 copies nationwide in its first week. The crushing news was buried in an otherwise lame Politico story about covering the Biden presidency, as Andrew Stiles pointed out in a story for the Washington Free Beacon. Six »

Another word about Midge

Featured image Wilfred McClay is the formidable historian and a leading light of our intellectual life. On May 17 he is to be recognized with one of this year’s Bradley Prizes — this one — along with Glenn Loury and Chen Guangcheng. Bill wrote me last night: “That is such sad news about Midge. I loved that woman She had more soul in her little finger than any seven other people. I »

Midge Decter passes

Featured image I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Midge Decter via Ruthie Blum’s post on Facebook: “My mother, Midge Decter Podhoretz, died today, two months shy of her 95th birthday. Thankfully, I managed to arrive in New York just in time to say goodbye to the greatest woman I’ve ever known. As soon as we figure it all out, we will provide info about the funeral and shiva.” »

White man’s problems: The sequel

Featured image New York Post columnist Miranda Devine and two Post reporters seem to have discovered the benefactor who has kept Hunter Biden rolling in the style to which he has become accustomed. He is a wealthy Hollywood figure named Kevin Morris. Morris has money to burn from sources other than the royalties on White Man’s Problems, his 2014 book of short stories. Here is the heart of the Post story: A »

VDH’s favorites

Featured image The daily Hoover Institution email alerted me to the Victor Davis Hanson show podcast on VDH’s favorites — favorite movies, favorite novels, favorite TV shows, favorite ancient Greek writer. Who could ask for anything more? The only problem with it is that it isn’t longer. Hoover linked to the podcast posted here at VDH’s Blade of Perseus (embedded above). I don’t think it’s much of a plot spoiler to disclose »

Collusion revisited — again

Featured image I badly mangled this post when I sought to correct a link in it yesterday. I’m taking the liberty of reposting it as intended below the break with apologies to readers who may have seen it in its mangled form. * * * * * The late Richard Pipes’s narrative history The Russian Revolution is a great work of humane learning. Pipes’s mastery of the sources shines through his text. »

Collusion revisited

Featured image The late Richard Pipes’s narrative history The Russian Revolution is a great work of humane learning. Pipes’s mastery of the sources shines through his text. The text itself reflects a lifetime of study and reflection. Reading Gary Saul Morson’s essay/review linked in the adjacent post, I was reminded of Pipes’s chapter 7 (“Toward the Catastrophe”), covering the assassination of Rasputin. It includes this passage on the November 14, 1916 speech »

Psaki psidesteps

Featured image Jon Levine and Miranda Devine reported in their April 23 New York Post story that “Joe Biden met with Hunter Biden business partner at the White House.” The business partner was Eric Schwerin: “Hunter Biden’s closest business partner made at least 19 visits to the White House and other official locations between 2009 and 2015, including a sitdown with then-Vice President Joe Biden in the West Wing.” Levine and Devine »

A Joycean interlude

Featured image John recently mentioned that he’s reading James Joyce’s Ulysses. This is a footnote on his comment for anyone who might be inclined to take up his mention of the book. Through sheer good luck I came across the Osher Lifetime Learning Institute affiliated with Dartmouth College in the fall of 2020. It has been my goal to do the assigned reading I didn’t get to or get the most out »

Today’s Photo Mystery (Updated)

Featured image It is in the news that former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson got into some kind of scuffle on an airplane with a passenger who was badgering him, and there is video that I’m not interested in posting. That’s what we have TMZ for. But I did notice this recent photo: Okay, so what, you ask? Look closer: Yup—that is indeed Thomas Sowell’s Basic Economics. This is either an elaborate troll, »

The Last King, Ulysses, Nero, Joe and More

Featured image A couple of years ago one of my kids gave me Andrew Roberts’ biography of Napoleon for Christmas. I read it, not too long after, and thought was terrific. I wrote about it on this site, and Andrew twitted me on Twitter for reviewing the book five years after it came out. So when another of my kids gave me Andrew’s new biography of George III for Christmas last year, »

Koonin suffers Romps

Featured image Several readers kindly directed me to the YouTube video of Professor Steven Koonin’s presentation on the state of climate science sponsored by Berkeley’s Nuclear Engineering Department this past Friday. The video is posted here. The event featuring Koonin’s presentation paired Professor Koonin with Berkeley’s own Professor David Romps. The Nuclear Engineering Department promoted the event and profiled the participants here. Steve Hayward called attention to the event here. The event »

Today’s Live Stan

Featured image For early risers and those of you in the eastern time zone, my keynote speech at Troy University’s annual M. Stanton Evans Symposium will be live-streamed on Troy’s YouTube page and Facebook page, starting at 9:30 am Eastern time. [SCOTT adds: I think it’s 10:30 Eastern, 9:30 Central.] [STEVE adds: Sure enough, I have no idea what time zone I’m in.] You can guess the topic. I’ve been here less »

Today’s Stan: On Foreign Policy

Featured image Terrific time last night in Washington speaking about Stan Evans to the Frank Meyer Society. With the Ukraine crisis dividing the right, I thought readers might like this passage from the penultimate chapter, where Evans expressed some skepticism about neoconservative foreign policy (by the way, one of his quips from this period was: “A paleoconservative is a conservative who has been mugged by a neoconservative”): When President George H.W. Bush »

CRB: “The immortal Sowell” & more

Featured image I’ve been presenting previews of the Claremont Review of Books for more than 10 years. I am taking a break from promoting my favorite magazine that is in part prompted by “the Claremont question” that Steve Hayward raised with CRB editor Charles Kesler and Berkeley Law’s Emanuel S. Heller Professor of Law John Yoo in Steve’s March 17 podcast. The CRB editors have posted the following highlights of the current »

Live Podcast Taping Tomorrow: Spotlight on Stan Evans

Featured image Tomorrow afternoon at 4:30 Pacific/7:30 eastern, the Three Whisky Happy Hour will record this week’s episode live on Zoom, with Lucretia interviewing me about M. Stanton Evans: Conservative Wit, Apostle of Freedom. (Which, if you haven’t heard yet, will be officially published in Monday.) Join us with your favorite end of week cocktail, and offer your questions (and recollections of Stan if you by chance you have some). You can »