Mommy of Frankenstein

I almost forgot about this. There’s now a book that teaches kids how not to fear their new Plastic Post-Op moms. Rod Dreher no likey: What kind of message is

Methusela Morality

At Reason’s Hit & Run, Ronald Bailey praises the latest prophet of beating this thing called death: In his column, “It’s not immoral to want to be immortal,” brilliant University

An Obama Hangover. Already?

That’s the question of the week. Ross, Matt, Peter, and Ezra weigh in. I’ll take Ezra’s closing thoughts as my jumping-off point: Obama’s empathy is of a more cerebral variety

We Had to Burn Laura to Save Her

Sonny wants to burn Nabokov’s last book. When it comes to trashing great artists’ final achievements, I’m usually opposed on principle, even if it means permitting their heirs to cash

Burn it

Burn it

For the last decade or so, literati around the world have agonized over what to do with Vladimir Nabokov’s final novel, The Original of Laura. His son, Dmitri, was given



As did my counterpart Mr. Poulos, I feel the need to offer the briefest of introductions. Especially since you have no idea who I, your humble narrator, am. Well, I’m

Clear for Second-Class Citizenship?

Something about Clear, the private-sector answer to gross DHS inefficiency and questionable airport employees, raises my civic republican hackles. From one perspective, it now looks like the government is permitting

Kish Cash

Kish Cash

Is Hossein Sabet the Persian answer to Dubai? Or the Iranian Rick Caruso? Probably a little of both: He has built this island’s fanciest establishment, the Dariush Grand Hotel, modeled

Step Into My Office

So a little introduction is probably in order to kick off this blog. Some of you I know, some of you I’m meeting for the first time. In the event