The Corner

Lemony Law


When my now 17-year-old son was a few years younger, he was a huge fan of “A Series of Unfortunate Events”.  I recall being in my office one morning and hearing that Lemony Snicket was going to be interviewed on some NPR show.  I enlisted the aid of co-workers in tracking down a cassette and a recording device so that I could save it for him to hear when he got home from school.

What a waste of time! He is a garden-variety sneering leftist who apparently aspires to get booked by Garrison Keillor on his show or fawned over by the reviewers at The Nation.  Lesson (re-)learned: you can like an artist’s output, but that doesn’t mean you will like the artist.  He came off as a first-class jerk.

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.