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Kip Question

Derb: I have on my shelf a book called The Strange Ride of Rudyard Kipling, by Angus Wilson. It was recommended to me several years ago, so I picked up a copy but never read it. Is it any good? Oh, and because we’re on the subject — and you may want to put me in a stockade for saying this — reading Kipling as a boy taught me that sometimes the movie can be better than the book. Evidence: “The Man Who Would be King.” An okay short story, but an excellent movie.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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