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John Corry
John Corry is a former New York Times media critic and reporter.
by | Dec 24, 2014

This piece was originally published on December 23, 2002. According to the Dickens Society of London, there have been more than 3,000 adaptations of Charles Dickens’s works, most of them for the stage, but 156 for the movies and television,…

by | Mar 18, 2013

It’s not news that countless bogus lawsuits are filed in this country every year. What’s less well known is that because of obscure procedural rules, even the most self-evidently absurd lawsuits typically cost blameless defendants plenty of money, time, and…

by | Jan 25, 2013

“Human males operating in groups — talking, planning strategies, devising traps, improving weapons, sharing the spoils — became the most successful biological phenomenon on earth. In the process, the male-grouping became an essential evolutionary element in human nature. Group loyalties and powerful…

by | Oct 5, 2012

It is time to finally settle the argument about public broadcasting: End federal funding now. Congress had no business offering it in the first place. Lost in all the noise now about the peril to Big Bird and Barney is…

by | Oct 22, 2008

The GOP’s Anointed One may practice his politics privately, but the bigger mystery is why he is ultimately not a Democrat. (From our September 1996 issue.) NO ONE KNOWS what Colin Powell really thinks, or what he will do, and…

by | Jul 7, 2008

This article appeared in the November 1999 issue of The American Spectator. THE RULES ARE KNOWN, the stakes are high, and one of Washington’s great contests is played out accordingly. Jesse Helms will thrust, and the White House will parry….

by | May 7, 2007

This review by John Corry appears in the April 2007 issue of The American Spectator. Click here to subscribe. Stealing Lincoln’s Body by Thomas J. Craughwell (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 234 pages, $24.95) ACTUALLY THE GRAVE ROBBERS were…

by | Feb 14, 2005

NEW YORK — You could see it in the faces of the people in Central Park: the absence of any expression, save, perhaps, mild befuddlement, or vague disappointment. “The Gates,” Christo’s big ballyhooed Central Park project, had promised so much,…

by | Aug 10, 2004

Blood From Stones: The Secret Financial Network of Terror by Douglas Farah (Broadway Books, 225 pages, $24.95) AS DOUGLAS FARAH SAYS apparently correctly, he was “often far ahead of what U.S. intelligence agencies knew as they scrambled to understand al…

by | Mar 17, 2004

Intelligence is a game anyone can play, and in Washington any number of people play it, although they make their own rules up as they go along. Consider the recent threat-assessment briefing by the heads of the CIA, FBI, and…

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