When I first met Frances Bronson, as an NR intern 36 summers ago, I was a bit intimidated. In the Book of Job God speaks from a whirlwind. Frances lived in one — the spin of WFB’s ceaseless demands and commands, and the world’s demands on him. She had that Brit accent — a base paint of the East End, with some acquired refinements — before which all Americans tremble.
Bill Buckley’s acclaimed 1997 bestseller was called one of the “best books of the year” by Publishers Weekly, and rightly so. We long ago ran out of hardcover copies, but have just come across a carton, so now you can have your own ... Read Post
Hiroshima and Nagasaki were nuked 66 years ago. 30 years ago Paul Fussel wrote this important essay, 'Thank God for the Atom Bomb'.21 year old 2nd Lt. Fussel commanded infantry in WWII France. Later, he had to sit around waiting... Read Post
When WFB died, I found myself thinking back to one of my favorite episodes of Uncommon Knowledge--almost exactly ten years ago, in the summer of 1998, I had WFB and Christopher Hitchens sit down to discuss their assessments of that ... Read Post