James Ledbetter


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  • 4 years ago

    It's sometimes said that a national election holds up a mirror to our society. In too many years, though, it's a funhouse mirror. It's bent to make the tall look short and the skinny bulge. Regardless of outcome, 2012 has been a campaign in which ...

  • 5 years ago

    It seems entirely possible that Christopher Hitchens will be primarily remembered in America for his public atheism. I suspect Hitchens himself was surprised at how wildly popular God Is Not Great became, giving much-needed voice and ammunition to...

  • 10 years ago

    If the Boston Massacre were to take place today, someone would no doubt capture the event on a cell-phone camera and upload the images online within minutes. Lacking such tools, the silversmith Paul Revere took the established technology of 1770&#...

  • 10 years ago

    On some level, I don't really care that Günter Grass-—a humanist hero, a brilliant novelist also deeply engaged in socialist politics—served in the Waffen-SS. Not that I was happy to hear it; neither was most of Germany when Peeling...

  • 10 years ago

    We want our best writers to swing for the fences of history. Don't we? It's hard to think for very long about World War I without bleeding into Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms; the Vietnam protest era would not have been the same without the self-c...

  • 18 years ago

    I have a very clear recollection of the first day and night of the Clinton presidency, some of which I spent in the home of Christopher Hitchens. At the last minute, Vanity Fair had assembled a post-inaugural celebration there that quickly became ...


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