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Lies and Literature

Lies and Literature

The first writer of supposedly classic status whom I ever read was W.W. Jacobs. He...

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The Age of Expert Ignorance

The Age of Expert Ignorance

Last year Tom Nichols, an ardent Never Trump Republican, published a popular book...

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A Question of Quackery

A Question of Quackery

One cannot blame anyone for having failed to do the impossible, but the fact is,...

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The Sham of Equality

The Sham of Equality

Equality has become one of the most insidious ideas in the language. I do not...

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The Loneliness Epidemic

The Loneliness Epidemic

Nations throughout the West have come to view loneliness as an epidemic, for it is...

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A Tay–Bey Melee

A Tay–Bey Melee

The celebrity battles of the 21st century tend to be fought most fanatically by...

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Conformity and Manipulation: The American Virtues

Conformity and Manipulation: The American Virtues

“My biggest flaw and strength,” says James Damore, “may be that I see things...

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The Case for Loafers

The Case for Loafers

No doubt it is a sign of advancing age, and also of retirement, that these days I...

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The Grand Illusion

The Grand Illusion

My best books are the ones I haven’t written. They are not yet even in the...

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The Pain Principle

The Pain Principle

I hesitate, in this vale of tears, to bring before the public, however small it...

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The Pain Principle

The Pain Principle

I hesitate, in this vale of tears, to bring before the public, however small it...

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Should it Be a Crime to Hurt Allah’s Feelings?

Should it Be a Crime to Hurt Allah’s Feelings?

Is there any evidence in the past 50 years of anyone, anywhere being charged with...

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Fare-Minded

Fare-Minded

I have long admired taxi drivers. They are often well-informed and have a...

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Trust Your Neighbors

Trust Your Neighbors

I hesitate to show myself in a good light—it seems so much more honest, somehow,...

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