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 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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Is Democracy’s Sun Setting?

Is Democracy’s Sun Setting?

August 08, 2013

So where are we with this democracy business? Last time I brought it up I left

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The View From Nowhere

The View From Nowhere

July 25, 2013

Last Friday I had an idle chat with a middle-aged Chinese lady (not Mrs.

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Post-Zimmerman Fallout

Post-Zimmerman Fallout

July 18, 2013

Well, thank goodness that’s over. Some themes from the political and social

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Quarterly Potpourri

Quarterly Potpourri

July 11, 2013

Oops, I did it again. I’m so out of touch with the zeitgeist, I’m always

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The Week’s Race News

The Week’s Race News

July 04, 2013

There’s been more than the usual amount. Some reflections. Zimmerman. “It’s

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The Cold Civil War Grinds On

The Cold Civil War Grinds On

June 27, 2013

Back in January I drew some parallels between the Civil War whose 150th

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The Man Who Blew the Lid off Maoism

The Man Who Blew the Lid off Maoism

June 20, 2013

I was slow on the uptake in understanding Chinese communism’s awfulness.

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The Sexual Harassment Panic

The Sexual Harassment Panic

June 13, 2013

So there I was with my 17-year-old son, showing him how to change a wheel. I

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A Requiem for Science

A Requiem for Science

June 06, 2013

As a science geek from way back—Andrade and Huxley were favorite childhood

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Three’s a Charm

Three’s a Charm

May 30, 2013

Probably it’s just my simpleminded arithmomania, but years ending in the

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Cultural Marxism Demands a Sacrifice

Cultural Marxism Demands a Sacrifice

May 23, 2013

It has been nearly a hundred years since Sir James Frazer completed his

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Ideological Castration

Ideological Castration

May 16, 2013

People who live among words, books, and ideas, and who are scholars, or hobnob

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The Incredible Talking Weiner

The Incredible Talking Weiner

May 09, 2013

I keep getting surprised by my own naïveté. The case here is that of Anthony

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Where the Men Are

Where the Men Are

May 02, 2013

My favorite jailhouse sex scene is the one in The Longest Yard. Burt Reynolds

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Boston Bombing Footnotes

Boston Bombing Footnotes

April 25, 2013

The Boston Marathon bombing story came garnished with an unusual number of

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