July 1, 2014
John Daniel Davidson - The Hobby Lobby Ruling

My latest at NRO, of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Hobby Lobby:

Conservatives rejoiced in the Court’s decision, but no matter how it ruled the result was bound to be unsatisfying because it could not address the root of the problem: Pervasive, systematic regulation of private activity requires the violation of rights and liberties the Constitution was meant to protect. 

June 17, 2014
What We’re About To Lose In The Middle East

My latest at The Federalist examines the end of Sykes-Picot in the Middle East.

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Filed under: iraq sykes-picot wwi isis 
May 26, 2014
The Ghosts of the Great War |

My latest piece, posted today at LA Review of Books, on WWI and its long aftermath.

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Filed under: la review of books larb wwi 
May 22, 2014
theparisreview:

A map from Arlen J. Hansen’s “A Tour of Expatriate Paris.”
On Pont de la Concorde, a restored barge made into a restaurant, Hansen writes, “Jean Cocteau, who’d come dressed as a ship captain, wandered among the crowd whispering, “On coule” (“We’re sinking”). At one point, some guests removed the enormous wreath commemorating the occasion [the premiere of Stravinsky’s balket “Les Noces”], and Stravinsky, running the length of the room, dived through it. Exemplary, even for hosts Gerald and Sara Murphy who seldom did anything gauche, this dinner was the talk of Paris for years.”

"On coule"

theparisreview:

A map from Arlen J. Hansen’s “A Tour of Expatriate Paris.”

On Pont de la Concorde, a restored barge made into a restaurant, Hansen writes, “Jean Cocteau, who’d come dressed as a ship captain, wandered among the crowd whispering, “On coule” (“We’re sinking”). At one point, some guests removed the enormous wreath commemorating the occasion [the premiere of Stravinsky’s balket “Les Noces”], and Stravinsky, running the length of the room, dived through it. Exemplary, even for hosts Gerald and Sara Murphy who seldom did anything gauche, this dinner was the talk of Paris for years.”

"On coule"

May 22, 2014
David Foster Wallace’s Commencement Speech Would Have Offended The Class Of 2014

My latest at The Federalist.

May 19, 2014

(Source: myimaginarybrooklyn)

May 17, 2014
themorningnews:


Some nights I like to get the kids to bed, pour a drink, and search the web for military-produced PDFs in order to look at the amazing graphics within them. I’d thought I was the only person with this hobby, but a few weeks ago my friend Finn Smith told me that he, too, likes military PDF graphics. The Internet is wonderful at bringing people together.

Amazing Military Infographics

themorningnews:

Some nights I like to get the kids to bed, pour a drink, and search the web for military-produced PDFs in order to look at the amazing graphics within them. I’d thought I was the only person with this hobby, but a few weeks ago my friend Finn Smith told me that he, too, likes military PDF graphics. The Internet is wonderful at bringing people together.

Amazing Military Infographics

May 12, 2014
C.S. Lewis and the Science of Obamacare

My latest at The Federalist, in which C.S. Lewis explains why we should be careful about letting experts dictate the proper role of government in our lives.

May 7, 2014
myimaginarybrooklyn:

Matthew Northrup’s Century Atlas, 1897-1911, Alaska.

myimaginarybrooklyn:

Matthew Northrup’s Century Atlas, 1897-1911, Alaska.

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Filed under: alaska cartography 
April 28, 2014
theparisreview:

The Webley Mk V of 2nd Lieutenant J.R.R. Tolkien.
According to the Imperial War Museum,

Tolkien was an Oxford University student in 1914 but was commissioned into the Lancashire Fusiliers soon after taking his degree in 1915. He joined the 11th Battalion of his regiment in France in June 1916, shortly before the Battle of the Somme. During the battle Tolkien served as the battalion signals officer. In late October 1916 he contracted trench fever and was sent back to England in early November. He spent most of the rest of the war convalescing. It was at this time that he began to write early versions of his Middle Earth stories. Debate continues regarding the extent to which Tolkien’s war experiences influenced his literary work.

theparisreview:

The Webley Mk V of 2nd Lieutenant J.R.R. Tolkien.

According to the Imperial War Museum,

Tolkien was an Oxford University student in 1914 but was commissioned into the Lancashire Fusiliers soon after taking his degree in 1915. He joined the 11th Battalion of his regiment in France in June 1916, shortly before the Battle of the Somme. During the battle Tolkien served as the battalion signals officer. In late October 1916 he contracted trench fever and was sent back to England in early November. He spent most of the rest of the war convalescing. It was at this time that he began to write early versions of his Middle Earth stories. Debate continues regarding the extent to which Tolkien’s war experiences influenced his literary work.

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Filed under: wwi tolkien 
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