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.

Save the Auto Workers?

November 16, 2008

There’s an inbuilt tension, not just on the Right but pervading the West,

Home Front

My Dates with Doom

November 15, 2008

I don’t know if it’s my reckless, Napoleonic march into middle age, or the

The Day the Empire Died

November 11, 2008

Those of us who remember such things, remember that today is Armistice

Kneeling Before the World

November 11, 2008

Last week, on the eve of the elections, I warned about the consequences for

P.J. Drools Down His Bib

November 10, 2008

P.J. O’Rourke is now officially senile. Pour a stiff glass of bourbon before


Want Change? Start with Your Underwear.

November 06, 2008

Professional comics have an old saw that says, “Never go on after a kid or an


November 06, 2008

I’d like to thank the inestimable Tom Piatak for calling David Frum on his

You Say You Want an Imperial President…

November 05, 2008

Well, now we’ve got one. The Republican ideologues who twisted the Constitution

It Can Happen Here

November 04, 2008

My final pre-election reflections, aimed at my fellow Catholic voters, over at


Open Hart Surgery

November 01, 2008

More tragic than the rubble of a raped and looted city, than the cancer-ridden

Punishment for Gluttons

October 28, 2008

My series on the Seven Deadly Sins continues at This week


Nicholas II for Tsar

October 28, 2008

On February 25, 1917, Russian soldiers serving Tsar Nicholas II in St.


The Tulip Menace

October 24, 2008

Some readers have taken time to complain that they’ve detected

The Joy of Wrath

October 21, 2008

My series on the Seven Deadlies continues over at InsideCatholic. This week, a


Friends Whom I Dislike

October 17, 2008

It’s funny to see John McCain realize, so late in the game, that he really

Surrender Not Unto Caesar—Resisting Catholic Liberalism

Surrender Not Unto Caesar—Resisting Catholic Liberalism

October 16, 2008

On a number of literally life and death issues, American conservatives and Catholics

Squabbling Over Scraps

October 16, 2008

The dust-up between Christopher Buckley and the management of National Review

Lust in the Suburbs

October 14, 2008

My latest reflections on the Seven Deadly Sins—this time I look at

Love Life

Beware the Penitent Gadarene

October 09, 2008

Last week’s column I managed to offend a fair swathe of my audience by using an

The Joy of Sloth

October 08, 2008

The first in my series celebrating, one at a time, each of the Seven Deadly

Damn It Feels Good to Be a Banksta

October 07, 2008

Courtesy of LRC, a painfully funny Web cartoon on the $700 billion heist


Cosmetologist at a Hog Farm

October 03, 2008

Okay, I tried to watch it. Tried really, really hard. I made a phone date with

What’s the Difference Between Sarah Palin and Dan Quayle?

September 30, 2008


An American Bishop Speaks…

September 30, 2008

...And an American smartass responds.  I’ll go into the more political aspects

Bizarro World

Sadomasochist Nation

September 26, 2008

When the Soviet Union collapsed, it seemed for 20 minutes or so that America

We Regret to Inform You That Christ is Risen

September 23, 2008

More theological snark (and a preview of my next book) is now up at

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