William F. Buckley has shuffled off his mortal coil. For want of something useful to say, I’ll just link to this account of a conversation on a NRO cruise between Buckley and Norm Podhoretz, cit
In Lexington, Kentucky, somebody coughed up $17,000 on Friday night for what were supposed to be four strands of George Washington’s hair. Christa Allen, a Colorado woman who once lived in Owsle
By the time I started playing, Bobby Fischer was long gone from the American chess scene. We know today that he was still around, giving the occasional interview or lesson, but before the internet it
R.I.P. I strongly recommend this grimly fascinating article about him.
Robert Craig Knievel, Jr.1938-2007 A lot of folks have asked me over the last couple of years why I named that other site after Evel Knievel. I don’t have an especially good answer, except to sa
Well, he certainly didn’t get to enjoy that Medal of Freedom for long. I suppose Hyde will be remembered best for enabling the federal government to arbitrarily punish poor women for choices of
Norman Mailer, R.I.P. Between his misogyny and authenticity-obsessed nutty politics — whatever one thinks of the aesthetic quality of the work, I would avoid a first date with a guy who wants to
1923-2007. Mailer has been a relative blind spot among American novelists for me; I’ve only read The Naked and the Dead (on the subject I prefer James Jones) and Armies of the Night. Mailer, of