Month: November 2012

Why the greatest American novelist called it quits

If one were to take a poll on who was the greatest living American novelist, the name that would come up most often would be Philip Roth. Yes, we have people like Junot Diaz and Don DeLillo and Jennifer Egan

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The value of reading awful books

Earlier this week I was flattened by a particularly nasty case of the flu. My fever-addled mind couldn’t handle anything strenuous, so I decided to re-read The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks. If you aren’t familiar with it, this

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Confessions of a reformed Republican

In my formative years, the U.S. Republican Party was the party of logic, of smart finances and small government. The Republicans were the ones who understood economics. I loved economics, and so loved the Republicans. The GOP wanted to keep

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