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by | Aug 11, 2009

Henry Allingham and Harry Patch, two of the three surviving British veterans of the First World War and the last two who saw action in the trenches of the Western front, died within a week of one another last month. Allingham…

by | Jul 20, 2009

On the 40th anniversary of the moon landing, it’s tempting to emulate William F. Buckley, who was asked how he would describe the event. “With silence,” Buckley said. This defining human achievement soon had the effect of making such awe…

by | Jul 17, 2009

For devotees of an always-troubled sport, Alexis Arguello‘s death on July 1 at 57 brought back memories of the elegant boxing master of the 1970s and early 1980s. It also reminded me of the conversation I had with him at…

by | Jul 15, 2009

World War One: A Short History By Norman Stone (Basic Books, 240 pages, $25) The pacifist’s preferred term for any war is “senseless,” but more troubled observers would be hard-pressed to apply such a judgment across the board. Even seemingly…

by | Jun 12, 2009

Recently I began noticing on tabloid covers and website homepages frequent stories involving two people named Jon and Kate. I don’t know who they are. The brief headlines and teasers I’ve seen don’t identify them, as in, “Former Olympians Jon…

by | May 8, 2009

You guys have your guy thing,” my sister often says, “I’m always out of it.” She means that, in our male-heavy family—four boys and lonely her— the men tend to stick together. Not that there was much choice. My father’s…

by | Mar 20, 2009

I’ve never much liked St. Patrick’s Day. As time passed, I’ve never much liked it even less. Before the last few years, my main objections were not just about public order and drunken rowdiness, but also that our country hardly…

by | Mar 16, 2009

According to the Labor Department, the economy lost 651,000 jobs in February as unemployment crossed the 8 percent mark, the highest since 1983. Amid all the debate about economic policy, the only consensus seems to be that things are going…

by | Mar 6, 2009

Another baseball season approaches, and the national pastime continues to demonstrate its genius for self-inflicted wounds. The latest steroid scandal involved superstar Alex Rodriguez and only lengthened the shadow cast by past revelations about Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, and others….

by | Dec 31, 2008

IT ALWAYS SEEMED STRANGELY appropriate that Frank Sinatra died on the day of the Seinfeld finale— 10 years ago this past May. On a night when America was set to celebrate a sitcom’s elevation of irony to unforeseen cultural heights,…

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