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Does ESPN Have Room for Free Speech and ‘Monday Night Football’?

Popular sports commentator Bill Simmons was suspended by ESPN for violating editorial standards—or was it because he criticized the NFL, which happens to have a $15 billion contract with the network?

Posted on Oct 16, 2014 READ MORE



A Conversation With Garry Wills

Truthdig talks with the writer/historian about his new book, “Making Make-Believe Real,” which considers Shakespeare and the political power of poetry.

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 READ MORE



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Waiting for ‘42’

Jackie Robinson’s story has been oddly neglected by Hollywood—until now.

Posted on Apr 12, 2013 READ MORE



A Writer for All Time

Two new volumes—a biography and an anthology—shine light on G.K. Chesterton, an inhabitant of the twilight realm of the praised but unread.

Posted on Sep 30, 2011 READ MORE



Well Said, Mr. Chesterton

Some lovers of wit rank G.K. Chesterton as one of the greatest aphorists. Here’s a GKC sampler.

Posted on Sep 29, 2011 READ MORE



Words From the Right: On Buckley and From Paul and Breitbart

As Campaign 2012 looms large, it’s not exactly clear who or what will define the moment for conservatives—has the Tea Party Express run out of steam? Who will emerge as their rightful leader? These three reads give us some idea of where they’ve been and where they might be headed.

Posted on May 27, 2011 READ MORE



Memoirs of an Odd One In

Garry Wills, the greatest political commentator of our time, belongs to no trendy circles unless the circle could extend backward in time to one of his most profound influences, G.K. Chesterton.

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The Dylan in All of Us

You have every right to pick up “Bob Dylan in America” with skepticism—or at least you would if you didn’t know how deep Sean Wilentz’s background in traditional American music goes.

Posted on Sep 10, 2010 READ MORE


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Allen Barra on the Curious Case of Thomas Sowell

Is the noted scholar in residence at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution truly America’s “most original and interesting philosopher,” as Paul Johnson insists?

Posted on Mar 26, 2010 READ MORE


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Allen Barra on Winston Churchill

Is there anything left to say about Churchill’s extraordinary life and turbulent times? If so, can it be said in the brief compass of Paul Johnson’s 192-page primer?

Posted on Jan 1, 2010 READ MORE


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Allen Barra on Cornelius Vanderbilt

A new and outrageously entertaining biography of America’s first tycoon by T.J. Stiles, one of our best younger historians, sheds new light on the monumental life of what Stiles rightly calls “an instinctive predator” and his mixed and enduring legacy.

Posted on May 22, 2009 READ MORE


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