Ronald Dworkin.

In 2008 I attended a lecture of the Ronald Dworkin’s as he came to campus to speak at the E.N. Thompson Forum. The topic: America and Israel. Dworkin delivered a forceful opinion, which would probably have prevented him from becoming Secretary of Defense, if he’d ever been a politician (and if the Chuck Hagel confirmation hearings were any […]

Of the books I read published in 2012, these are my favorites.

You have probably seen many of these lists, from the New York Times Ten Best Books of 2012 to the Millions’ Year in Reading series. (Both are highly recommended, by the way.) Not that my opinion is terribly important, but I thought I would contribute to the lists, as well, if nothing else because I read […]

Buckley Reviews “Mortality” by Hitchens.

Christopher Buckley reviews the last thing Christopher Hitchens ever wrote, Mortality: He was a man of abundant gifts, Christopher: erudition, wit, argument, prose style, to say nothing of a titanium constitution that, until it betrayed him in the end, allowed him to write word-perfect essays while the rest of us were groaning from epic hangovers […]

Gore Vidal (1925-2012).

Among the many treasures of the New York Times obit of Gore Vidal, which I read over breakfast this morning: Mr. Vidal did not lightly suffer fools — a category that for him comprised a vast swath of humanity, elected officials especially — and he was not a sentimentalist or a romantic. “Love is not my […]