John Derbyshire

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John Derbyshire is a novelist, pop-math author, reviewer, and opinion journalist, living with his wife and children on Long Island, New York.


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Quarterly Potpourri

Quarterly Potpourri

July 09, 2015

Advice to investors. In last week’s column “Don’t Sup With a FUP” I

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Don’t Sup With a FUP

Don’t Sup With a FUP

July 02, 2015

This week’s column is in the noble Derbian tradition of advice to the younger

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Doom Fiction

Doom Fiction

June 25, 2015

In the realm of science fiction, few things are as much fun to read about as

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Nothing Is Real

Nothing Is Real

June 18, 2015

T.S. Eliot’s observation that “human kind cannot bear very much reality”

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Two Great Wars

Two Great Wars

June 11, 2015

Every nation has, in its collective psyche, a special place for its bloodiest

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Follow Heart Whatever Desire

Follow Heart Whatever Desire

May 28, 2015

Here it comes, the big seven-oh. Next Wednesday to be exact; around 6:45 GMT,

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Nye Lied, I Sighed

Nye Lied, I Sighed

May 21, 2015

Bill Nye the Science Guy gave a commencement speech at Rutgers on Sunday.

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300 Years of Prime Ministers

300 Years of Prime Ministers

May 14, 2015

All proper congratulations to David Cameron, elected last week as Prime

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The Case for Natural Stupidity

The Case for Natural Stupidity

May 07, 2015

All of us by now, with the possible exception of some Sentinelese Islanders,

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Serving the Tiger

Serving the Tiger

April 30, 2015

Having already confessed to being a reader of middlebrow fiction, I get

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Camp of the Stupids

Camp of the Stupids

April 23, 2015

The mass drowning of eight or nine hundred—nobody knows precisely—illegal

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Cops and Robbers

Cops and Robbers

April 16, 2015

What was your first thought on seeing that video clip of the white cop shooting

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Quarterly Potpourri

Quarterly Potpourri

April 09, 2015

Virtue totalitarianism. For devout Christian bakers, florists, and

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A Civilization Steeped in Dishonesty

A Civilization Steeped in Dishonesty

April 02, 2015

[Scene:  A bakery store somewhere in the U.S.A.] Customer:  “Good

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The Nerdcom

The Nerdcom

March 26, 2015

What things make us laugh?  In all times and places the top draws have been

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Quote, Unquote

Quote, Unquote

March 19, 2015

Reading Steven Goldberg’s Fads and Fallacies in the Social Sciences the other

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Hysteria, Bad Taste, and a Loss for Oklahoma

Hysteria, Bad Taste, and a Loss for Oklahoma

March 12, 2015

I’ve been observing the onward march of Cultural Marxism for a whole

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Begging Questions

Begging Questions

March 05, 2015

We live, as I have noted before, in a beggars’ democracy: This refers to

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The Future of Girlification

The Future of Girlification

February 26, 2015

Here’s a clip from my read-it-and-weep folder. It showed up in a February

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Rot Springs Eternal

Rot Springs Eternal

February 19, 2015

Local headlines here in New York State recently have been dominated by

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If You Were Curious …

If You Were Curious …

February 12, 2015

It’s been a while—blimey, 12 years—since I did an FAQs column, so here

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White Identitarianism

White Identitarianism

February 05, 2015

A couple of years ago on this site I wondered “Why Isn’t Racism

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The Tyranny of the Bookish

The Tyranny of the Bookish

January 22, 2015

It is now nearly a hundred years since H.G. Wells remarked in his book The

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Quarterly Potpourri

Quarterly Potpourri

January 15, 2015

The age of Krapp.  There went another year swirling down the plughole—one of

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The Waters That Are Under the Earth

The Waters That Are Under the Earth

January 08, 2015

I recently spent some time making a table for my kitchen, with the assistance

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The Legacy of the Mad Kaiser

The Legacy of the Mad Kaiser

December 18, 2014

Who was the great villain of the 20th century—the person most to blame for

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