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.
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
Nearly 70 years ago, on Aug. 1, 1944, Lieutenant General George S. Patton took command of the American Third Army in France. For the next 30 days they rolled straight toward the German border. Patton almost did not get a chance at h... Read Post