The Corner

Banquo Out Today

Banquo’s Ghosts is actually out, as you might have noticed given the ad sometimes running to the right of this space. Lucianne has very kind words: “fast, smart, intensely knowing action.” Michael Allen has an item in “Playbook.” Harriet Klausner has a positive review here. And I talked about it with John Miller. Larry King, Anderson Cooper, Sy Hersh, Keith Olbermann, and Chris Matthews (Chris, the “gelding” reference is just a joke), among others, will want to give the book a “Washington read.”


Meanwhile, here’s a Banquo FAQ based on actual questions I’ve received. OK, maybe they’re not really “frequently” asked questions but at least they are AQ.


Q: “Are any of the characters based on Jonah?”



Maybe in the sequel: After nagging his boss for a raise one too many times, a popular conservative columnist and blogger is sent on a secret mission to assassinate a French intelligence official, armed only with a volcano-lancing laser and the latest in bacon-based weaponry.


Meantime, in Banquo’s Ghosts, Corner readers will have to settle for a Jonathan Adler reference and a few entries in the dog wars. 


Q: “You also make one contemplate the distinct possibility that in the past you may well have had intimate dealings with our CIA!”


I’ve had no intimate dealings with that agency.


Q: “How can I get a signed copy of your book for my husband Rick?”


I’m happy to oblige and will be happy to sign for anyone else with a husband named Rick.


Q: “Is there any skateboarding in your new book?”


Yes, of course. Check out page 290.


Rich Lowry — Rich Lowry is the editor of National Review. He can be reached via email: 

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