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Dan Hampton, author of Viper Pilot, doesn’t sound like a pleasant man.  This requires qualification; I suspect he’d be a lot of fun for a night of drinking, but he doesn’t sound pleasant to work with for a prolonged period of time. It’s not just that Hampton has contempt for people who aren’t pilots; he has […]


On November 9, 2012

Philip Roth, the greatest American writer of his era, claims to have retired. In the end, this might be a good thing, assuming he really retires. While his 90s and early 2000s resurgence was brilliant


On October 11, 2012

Ta-Nehisi Coates is correct. The attacks on Lena Dunham as the ultimate purveyor of white privilege in the arts are utterly bizarre. This isn’t to say Dunham doesn’t benefit from white pri

When I assembled a syllabus for this semester’s Airpower seminar, I noted that there appeared to be a pair of biographies of John Boyd; Grant Hammond’s Mind of War, and Robert Coram’s Boyd. Brief reading of reviews and cursory investigation didn’t reveal much in terms of how the differed, so I sought the last refuge […]
This is the fourth of an eight part series on the 2011 Patterson Summer Reading List. Paul Collier, The Plundered Planet Greg Mortenson, Stones into Schools Jason Stearns, Dancing in the Glory of Monsters CJ Chivers, The Gun The Gun is the second book in four years on the topic of the AK-47. I haven’t yet […]
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