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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A Season of Naughty Books

A Season of Naughty Books

February 06, 2014

The university I attended was (and still is) in west-central London. A

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Dark Thoughts

Dark Thoughts

January 30, 2014

“Never darken my door again” was the standard Victorian parting shot to a

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Give Grass a Pass

Give Grass a Pass

January 23, 2014

The talk is all of pot. Not “pot” the utensil, as in Confucius’s fine

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Quarterly Potpourri

Quarterly Potpourri

January 16, 2014

Tightwad corner. If, like me, you never learned to touch-type; and if, also

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You Rang, Sir?

You Rang, Sir?

January 09, 2014

“The first episode of Downton Abbey‘s fourth season was watched by 10.2

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The Year in Race

The Year in Race

January 02, 2014

Look, it’s no fun being the designated race reporter at Taki’s Mag. When I

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Menschheitsdämmerung?

Menschheitsdämmerung?

December 26, 2013

In a recent edition of Radio Derb I mentioned the advantages of moving to

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Caligula in Pyongyang

Caligula in Pyongyang

December 19, 2013

You remember Caligula. John Hurt played him with creepy malignity in the old

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The City of Brass

The City of Brass

December 12, 2013

Little more than a hundred years ago the modern British welfare state was born

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Meet the Techintern

Meet the Techintern

December 05, 2013

I heard the word “Techintern” for the first time the other day. It’s not

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From Turing to Twitter

From Turing to Twitter

November 28, 2013

Ceruzzi, Paul E. Computing: A Concise History. Cambridge, MA; The MIT Press

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The Stupid Wars

The Stupid Wars

November 21, 2013

I was in England for Remembrance Sunday this year. The wreath-laying ceremony

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Seven Hours in Coach

Seven Hours in Coach

November 14, 2013

I note with interest that January 1, 2014 marks the centenary of scheduled

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When the Military Pushed Back

When the Military Pushed Back

November 07, 2013

In the latest political assault on the spirit and traditions of our fighting

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Faking Sincerity

Faking Sincerity

October 31, 2013

Magill, R. Jay Jr. Sincerity: How a moral ideal born five hundred years ago

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A Harangue About Slang

A Harangue About Slang

October 24, 2013

Following up last week’s rant about cant, kindly permit me a harangue about

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A Whining Pretension to Goodness

A Whining Pretension to Goodness

October 17, 2013

I had to smile the other day on finding out about the “repurposing” of a

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The War Against the Past

The War Against the Past

October 10, 2013

Here is a thing that happened in the Civil War. If you know your Civil War

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Quarterly Potpourri

Quarterly Potpourri

October 03, 2013

The disappearing middle. A study out of Oxford University, written up on

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Climbing Mount Appomattox

Climbing Mount Appomattox

September 26, 2013

Talk about biting off more than you can chew! Since taking up the Civil War

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The Lost Art of Stasis

The Lost Art of Stasis

September 19, 2013

It’s coming up to new laptop time, so I headed down to Best Buy. All they had

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Oscars Preview

Oscars Preview

September 12, 2013

From Daily Mail Online, September 8th: …director Steve McQueen…is dividing

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The Cruelty of the Overclass

The Cruelty of the Overclass

September 05, 2013

Here is David Gelernter’s classic take on Virginia Military Institute being

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He Had a Dream

He Had a Dream

August 29, 2013

This week marks the fiftieth anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a

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The Romance of American Blackness

The Romance of American Blackness

August 22, 2013

In last week’s Radio Derb I uttered some unkind words about Oprah Winfrey. The

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Why We Can’t Talk About IQ

Why We Can’t Talk About IQ

August 15, 2013

Human nature is in the news: intelligence and prejudice. First, disgraced

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