Florence King

Florence King is the author of Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady, The Florence King Reader, and, most recently, STET, Damnit!: The Misanthrope’s Corner, 1991 to 2002 (National Review Press).

A Thinking Man’s President: Jan. 1998

 

In honor of president’s day, the Spectator will be republishing this week essays and reviews on our nation’s best — and worst — leaders. John Quincy Adams: A Public Life, A Private LifePaul C. NagelKnopf/432 pages/$30 Our sixth President has long been a favorite of quiz shows and Trivial Pursuit junkies: the only son to […]

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The Writer Is In

 

THE ONE yearbook you don’t want to find your children in is The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The APA has just brought out the 5th edition, which, in keeping with the insidious trendiness they have already established, should be subtitled “Who Knew?” We never knew, for example, that the […]

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Tragedy 303

 

WE HEAR much about “the coarsening of the culture” nowadays but I submit that there is something worse, and that is cultural refining. I know this because I learned it in college, when I could not resist courses whose catalogue descriptions began with the words “The flowering of…,” especially if they were French, which they […]

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Lean Feminism

 

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to LeadBy Sheryl Sandberg(Alfred A. Knopf, 228 pages, $28.95) A half-century has now passed since feminism hit the fan in the early Sixties. Sheryl Sandberg, who has been called “the It Girl of Silicon Valley,” wasn’t even born yet, but she has already been a vice-president at Google […]

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Helen Dear

 

I’m Wild Again: Snippets From My Life and a Few Brazen Thoughts By Helen Gurley Brown (St. Martin’s Press, 287 pages, $24.95) Twenty-five years ago when I wrote for Cosmopolitan, I was lunching with one of the editors when the conversation turned to the enigma that was Helen Gurley Brown. “I guess we’ll have to […]

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A Man’s Woman

 

(This review by Florence King ran in the March 2008 issue of The American Spectator. To subscribe to our monthly print edition, click here.)

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The Spy Who Loved Men

 

(This review by Florence King ran in the Dec.2007-Jan. 2008 issue of The American Spectator. To subscribe to our monthly print edition, click here.)

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Cesspool in the City

 

This review by Florence King appeared in the September 2007 issue of The American Spectator. To subscribe to our monthly print edition, click here. Hubbub: Filth, Noise, and Stench in England, 1600-1770 by Emily Cockayne (Yale University Press, 335 pages, $35) SOME YEARS AGO P.J. O’Rourke famously reminded paleoconservatives that the perfect past was just […]

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The American Way of Decca

 

This review by Florence King appears in the June 2007 issue of The American Spectator. To subscribe to the monthly print edition, click here. Decca: The Letters of Jessica Mitford Edited by Peter Y. Sussman (Knopf, 744 pages, $35) DO NOT READ THIS BOOK while drinking or eating, else its pages will be splattered with […]

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Chapter and Verve

 

This review by Florence King appears in the April 2007 issue of The American Spectator. To subscribe to the monthly print edition, click here. The Man Who Would Not Shut Up: The Rise of Bill O’Reilly by Marvin Kitman (St. Martin’s Press, 318 pages, $25.95) I SPEAK TO YOU FROM my bed of pain. This […]

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