Saturday Literary Links

From First Thoughts

Since I’m going to be posting on the Ramones and “Wooly Bully” soon enough, here’s a gesture towards my intellectual sophistication—two interesting literary links, one on V.S. Naipaul’s reputation, and another on J.G. Ballard “predicting” the British . . . . Continue Reading »

Ready for Jeb Yet?

From First Thoughts

I believe I am, after reading that Pawlenty Studies thread below where Peter says the choice will come down to Bachmann or Romney.  It’s been long enough, Iraq’s as okay as you could hope for, and Obama’s failure to reverse the most-demonized Bush II policies mean that the . . . . Continue Reading »

I’m Coming Virginia

From First Thoughts

This last year I’ve been living in upstate New York, and the people have been great. Delightful students at Skidmore College, for one. But now, largely thanks to Lucas Morel , author of one of our better books on Lincoln, I’m returning to what’s become my home away from home, the . . . . Continue Reading »

I Guess John…

From First Thoughts

Got Some Truth! Emphasis on the some. Being against Carter in 1980 was an easy step. A number of rockers got the political jitters towards the end of the 70s—Bowie famously suggested, under whatever mix of drugs I know not, that Britain might need a fascist strongman, and even Paul Weller, as . . . . Continue Reading »