Lars Walker

Lars Walker is the author of several fantasy novels, the latest of which is Death’s Doors. He lives in Minneapolis and is librarian for the schools of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations. He blogs at


Letter to a Young Friend


Dear Justin, I’m not sure if you’ll see this letter, as we’ve been out of touch since you unfriended me on Facebook. That wasn’t my wish; I have several Democrat friends, and I generally just pass over their political posts without comment, as I always did with yours. But you could not tolerate having anyone […]

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A New Birth of Slavery


Someone posted one of those memes on Facebook recently. A picture with a quotation. I didn’t write it down verbatim, and I don’t remember the name of the person quoted, because, to be perfectly honest, I have no wish to give him publicity. (Also, Facebook memes are generally wrong.) But I thought the quotation was […]

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Where There’s No Smoke


On the off chance anyone’s been watching for my articles to appear here at The American Spectator Online, I want to offer my apologies. I was, as Gandalf said, “delayed.” And not in an entirely dissimilar way. I’ve been grappling for the last two years with the Balrog of modern academia, deep in the bowels […]

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A Tale of Two GPS’s


There was a time once when our country split along an east-west line, between north and south, and the upshot was a devastating civil war. Today we’re divided by something that transcends regional boundaries. We no longer agree on what north and south mean. When I heard of the recent atrocity in Roseburg, Oregon, the […]

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‘Treasure Planet’ Is a Delightful Mashup


“Well, I suppose a human being isn’t the best judge. You humans do it differently from us. We are not kind. But deep down you are utterly ferocious on a level we Kzin can’t reach. All the truly frightful things you can’t face, you let your subconscious handle. That’s how you beat us. Only you […]

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Time Streams in a Small Town


I went home again, and discovered a time machine. I don’t mean that as a metaphor, a word picture of how an aging man who visits the place where he grew up becomes a kind of time traveler. I mean that somebody in Kenyon, Minnesota (pop. 1,800), constructed an English police box, painted it blue […]

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The Book We Still Can’t Spare


Despite my well-deserved international reputation as a coward, I occasionally get into arguments with people, mostly on Facebook where no one can punch you. It was during such an argument recently that someone actually implied that I was a liar, one vice for which I don’t have a reputation, as far as I know. We […]

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History Channel Gets Vikings Precisely Wrong


It’s been more than fifty years since Kirk Douglas and his production company produced what most people still consider the best Viking movie ever made, The Vikings. Within the limits of the information available at the time, they made a good faith effort to do the thing relatively authentically. We’ve learned much in the years […]

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Salvation Alley


It would be misleading to describe Andrew Klavan as a neglected novelist. He’s doing very well, thank you, turning out thrillers for adults and young adults, and snagging the occasional movie deal. But there was a time when he was one of America’s hottest thriller writers, seeing two of his best novels (True Crime and […]

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Political Non-Science


“Science is better than faith,” the scientist told me. “Faith is about opinions and beliefs that have no rational foundation. There’s no way to prove one is better than another, so everybody just ends up yelling. And when the argument gets heated enough, they start killing each other. “In science, on the other hand, we […]

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