John Zmirak

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Dr. John Zmirak is editor of a series of guides to American higher education, and author of four books: one on economics, two humorous guides to Catholic doctrine and devotions, and the blank-verse graphic novel, The Grand Inquisitor. He teaches writing in New Hampshire.

What About My Toys?

April 22, 2009

Over at InsideCatholic, I recount how a crying two-year-old explained for me

Bizarro World

The Amazing Catholic Bullshit Generator

The Amazing Catholic Bullshit Generator

April 20, 2009

This is the kind of article one writes with Kinky Friedman blasting in the


Resurrecting Our Nation

Resurrecting Our Nation

April 12, 2009

As Christians around the world wait by the tomb, reenacting the vigil of the

If You Must Drive Drunk, Wear a Seatbelt

April 01, 2009

This piece at will bring back your memories of Driver’s

Hillary and the Tilma

March 30, 2009

This one may only be funny to RCs like me—although I’m sure it’s playing really

The Equality Trap

March 27, 2009

My discussion of abortion and abolitionism over at has

Abortion and Abolition

March 26, 2009

In a recent column for, the generally admirable Catholic

Brideshead Redecorated

March 25, 2009

The first time I read Brideshead Revisited I was 16 years old, growing up in a

A Frenchman for All Seasons

March 24, 2009

A Quebecois, to be specific: Paul Comtois, the one-time representative of Queen

The Anti-Catholic Backlash—Do We Deserve It?

March 19, 2009

What would we think if the legislature in one of America’s most highly educated states,

Killing the Fathers

March 18, 2009

My latest at explores the Freudian roots of the attack on

Frumbag and the Gasbag

March 11, 2009

The recent dust-up between David Frum and Rush Limbaugh leaves me cold. The

National Bankruptcy

The Fable of the Drones

March 08, 2009

In Mandeville’s infamous “Fable of the Bees,” that witty writer makes the

The Dark Night of the Civilization

March 05, 2009

I offer some Lenten reflections on the scary state of the West, with glimmers


The Pentagon is a Money Toilet

February 27, 2009

Back in January I threatened to inflict on Takimag readers a series of articles

If I Were Pope for a Day

February 25, 2009

Over at I celebrate Ash Wednesday by offering my own


Remembering the Smoothies

February 22, 2009

As Charles Stuart is reported to have said when he returned to England after

Write a Check for America

February 21, 2009

I love this site. Thanks to the generosity of its namesake, it’s fully funded,

Confronting Scandals

February 18, 2009

I have returned. One month and 1,000 edited pages later, I’m back on the horse

Bacevich Instinct

February 11, 2009

Andrew Bacevich displays his customary wisdom and civic-mindedness in his

David Frum: Everybody’s Mama

February 09, 2009

The New Republic peeks into the content of David Frumbag’s burgeoning “new

Boycott the Superbowl

January 31, 2009

And NBC while you’re at it. That network is censoring a tasteful prolife

Nazis, Catholics, and Cattiness

January 27, 2009

Andrew Sullivan is throwing a hissy-fit over the fact that Pope Benedict is

Where are My Ninjas?

January 24, 2009

A new tempest has blown up in the teapot of Catholic/Jewish relations: Pope

The Holy Innocents

January 22, 2009

I know I?m on hiatus, but today is different. Every year it?s different, a day

A Big New Idea

January 20, 2009

For the immigration reform movement: Run Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean for

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