Colby Cosh

Colby Cosh is a columnist for the National Post of Canada.

Naming Names

 

A prediction: 2007 will not be remembered as the year baseball finally came clean about its steroid problem. It will merely be remembered as the year our schizophrenia about baseball’s steroid problem reached its pinnacle. Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell’s report took the cloud of disapproval that had settled over the heads of a […]

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Stern in Space

 

A LOT OF PEOPLE like Howard Stern. In fact, a lot of American radio listeners more or less organize their lives around Howard Stern. And there are probably at least as many who wouldn’t cross the street to spit at Howard Stern. But here’s the thing: you will never hear a radio professional express anything […]

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Hero of Our Postmodern Times

 

It has long been thought in Hollywood that you can persuade an American to do just about anything but pay money to watch a subtitled foreign movie. This confidence in Homo americanus‘s xenophobia and illiteracy can now, I think, be abandoned for good: on the weekend of August 29, Zhang Yimou’s two-year-old Chinese film Hero […]

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Fortress Kerry

 

I was amused to hear of John Kerry citing his shadow running mate John McCain on Wednesday while oh-so-politely discussing President Bush’s plan to pull superfluous American troops out of Cold War installations. As the Washington Post‘s Lois Romano tells it, “Kerry pointed out that in a Senate hearing on Tuesday McCain questioned the troop […]

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Everlasting Kelly

 

Things Worth Fighting For: Collected Writings by Michael Kelly (The Penguin Press, 426 pages, $26.95) “One day in 1998,” Michael Kelly wrote in November 2002, “I was invited to have an off-the-record chat with an important staff person on the Clinton Administration’s National Security Council… The whole experience was terrific fun, although I could never […]

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Rooked

 

A couple of months ago I reviewed the new book Bobby Fischer Goes to War for the Spectator. The book is about Fischer’s chaotic but ultimately triumphant 1972 world championship match against Soviet titleholder Boris Spassky. Its title, however, might well apply to Fischer’s life since 1972. For thirty-odd years, the greatest chessplayer who ever […]

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Checkmate

 

Bobby Fischer Goes to War: How the Soviets Lost the Most Extraordinary Chess Match of All Time, by David Edmonds and John Eidinow (Ecco, 342 pages, $24.95) Bobby Fischer might not have been the strongest chessplayer of the 20th century, but he is the gold standard. If you want to prove that Capablanca or Tal […]

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Torybook Ending?

 

EDMONTON — What does the June 28 Canadian election mean for Americans? I’ll give you one obvious answer: It’s the easiest Canadian election for Americans to understand, from their vantage point, in the last 20 years. Writing about Canadian politics for an American audience is often a near-impossible exercise. When you’re done enumerating the various […]

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Disabling America

 

In Review: FDR’s Folly: How Roosevelt and His New Deal Prolonged the Great Depression, by Jim Powell (Crown Forum, 352 pages, $27.50) FDR’s Folly is, as the title suggests, a prosecution brief against the New Deal. Don’t pick it up expecting author Jim Powell to suspend moral judgment at every possible turn, as an academic […]

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Our Florence Nightingale

 

In Review: Stet, Damnit! The Misanthrope’s Corner, 1991-2002 by Florence King (National Review Books, 506 pages, $29.95) It is daunting to be charged with composing a notice of Stet, Damnit!, the valedictory anthology containing all the columns that Florence King wrote for National Review between 1991 and 2002. For one thing, she is herself a […]

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