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Wildfire Sparked by Book Burning a Sign of Times

 

“Florida Wildfire Tied to Man Burning Trash,” local news reported. A deeper dive into the story of the home-eating conflagration in Nassau County, Florida, reveals that books, not garbage, fueled the flames. Do even paid writers not know the difference between tomes and trash anymore? The Pew Research Center reported in their annual survey on […]

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Inspector Morse Creator Dies

 

The creator of Chief Inspector Morse, one of Britain’s and the world’s favorite fictional detectives, has died. Colin Dexter’s publisher announced that the beloved 86-year-old writer and raconteur passed away peacefully at his Oxford home Tuesday morning. No cause of death was given. Dexter, a former academic turned crime writer, first gave the world the […]

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Twenty Years in the Works

 

For a second, think about the past 20 years. Remember when you were sitting in front of your massive computer as the little guy was walking across your screen, for what seemed like days, until you would hear that special voice telling you that “you’ve got mail”? It wasn’t that much later that we began […]

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The Nothing They Contribute

 

When weather slows the northeastern seaboard to a halt and writers and editors and politicians and activists and lobbyists cannot find time for their computers because their hands are too busy with a snow shovel, it’s pleasant to contemplate life without the endless rabble rabbling. It is blessed peace. How wonderful it is to venture into […]

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Logan: The War Without and Within

 

SPOILERS AHEAD: Hugh Jackman defines the X-men comic character Wolverine. With the movie “Logan” the Jackman-Wolverine era is over. Logan follows an aging Wolverine on a resentful quest to save a girl he doesn’t want with a Professor X hobbled by seizures and infirmity. The movie is, in one word, violent. Needlessly so. For the […]

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‘High Noon’ at 65: Conservative Courage Behind the Scenes

 

High Noon (1952), now celebrating its 65th anniversary, was produced during the high tide of McCarthyism and the Korean War, and has been deemed a courageous allegory about the dangers of McCarthyism. But behind the scenes, the participants were anything but courageous, save for the lone conservative involved. The plot bears out an anti-McCarthy subtext. A […]

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Turning the Tables on His Pursuers

 

There’s been nothing like it since 1968. Let’s go to the videotape. The movie, Bullitt, starring Steve McQueen as the eponymous SFPD detective Frank Bullitt. It was McQueen’s greatest role — he let his eyes do his acting for him, always a wise choice in his case and boy was he observant this time. The […]

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Transgenderism and the Power of a Parent

 

The latest leftist “it” accessory these days is not a choker for women or man-bun for (kinda) men. It’s not even designer embryos with pruned-to-perfection DNA being carried by a sturdy middle class woman with financial troubles. If a leftist wants to be gasp-out-loud edgy and in, she and she or she and he simply must […]

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The Cold War Journey of James Ellroy

 

Many writers adopt a public persona. Hemingway’s was that of a macho sportsman. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s was that of a burn-out failure. Today, mystery writer James Ellroy’s is that of a guttural, right-wing loon. With a few exceptions, the literary establishment has seconded this interpretation, pointing to his public support of Fox News commentator Bill […]

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Our Alternative Moral Universes

 

Wild times, these, in America — “students” at Middlebury College driving away a distinguished intellectual with false claims about his “racism”; fiery accusations flooding the land concerning wiretapping and collaboration with the Russian government; name-calling by the present president, directed at his predecessor. And that’s just in the last few days! On and on the […]

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