The Corner

‘Another Literary Cornucopia’

Roger Kimball is the editor and publisher of The New Criterion (the monthly arts and letters journal based in New York). On January 10, under the rubric of “The Critic’s Notebook” at TNC, he wrote the following:

“Fans of Jay Nordlinger, rejoice! The maestro has just vouchsafed us another literary cornucopia with Digging In: Further Collected Writings of Jay Nordlinger. Christmas was last month, but that doesn’t mean you cannot click now to snag a copy of Jay’s latest, a collection of profiles (the good, the bad, the admonitory), reflections, delectations, and (just a few) laments.

“This companionable book ranges over politics, music (is there a better music critic now writing?), travel, and more. As the jacket blurb promises, there is something for everyone here, all served up in Jay’s signature beguiling prose.

“Jay may be the best, the most effective interviewer I’ve ever encountered: he gets right to the heart of things but with infinite tact and delicacy. There is no prurient search for scandal, no Gotcha!, just a patient invitation to the interviewee to tell his story and unfold as much, or as little, of his spirit as he wishes. 

“There is plenty of criticism in this volume, especially those essays dealing with politics, but it, like its author, is an essentially affirmative work.

“You will want to have this book with you for weeks on end. After every dip you’ll feel that the world is a slightly better, more orderly place than it was before you started. 

“Congratulations on another masterpiece.”

NRO Staff — Members of the National Review Online editorial and operational teams are included under the umbrella “NR Staff.”

Most Popular

Law & the Courts

Why Wasn’t Andrew McCabe Charged?

The Justice Department announced Friday that it is closing its investigation of Andrew McCabe, the FBI’s former deputy director, over his false statements to investigators probing an unauthorized leak that McCabe had orchestrated. McCabe was fired in March 2018, shortly after a blistering Justice Department ... Read More
Law & the Courts

Why Wasn’t Andrew McCabe Charged?

The Justice Department announced Friday that it is closing its investigation of Andrew McCabe, the FBI’s former deputy director, over his false statements to investigators probing an unauthorized leak that McCabe had orchestrated. McCabe was fired in March 2018, shortly after a blistering Justice Department ... Read More
Elections

There’s Zero Chance Bloomberg Would Pick Hillary

There’s no better evidence that Mike Bloomberg’s chances of getting the Democratic nomination are on the rise than the fact that the opportunistic Hillary Clinton is already trying to grab a piece of the action. The Drudge Report startled the political world on Saturday by noting that “sources close to ... Read More
Elections

There’s Zero Chance Bloomberg Would Pick Hillary

There’s no better evidence that Mike Bloomberg’s chances of getting the Democratic nomination are on the rise than the fact that the opportunistic Hillary Clinton is already trying to grab a piece of the action. The Drudge Report startled the political world on Saturday by noting that “sources close to ... Read More
Elections

The Media’s Bernie Sanders Makeover Begins

Just you watch: By the time Election Day rolls around in November, liberal columnists will be telling us that Bernie Sanders is the “real conservative” in the presidential race. Many among the center–left commentariat are struggling to come to terms with the likelihood that the Democratic Party will ... Read More
Elections

The Media’s Bernie Sanders Makeover Begins

Just you watch: By the time Election Day rolls around in November, liberal columnists will be telling us that Bernie Sanders is the “real conservative” in the presidential race. Many among the center–left commentariat are struggling to come to terms with the likelihood that the Democratic Party will ... Read More
Religion

Getting Real About Christianity

Charlotte, N.C. -- There were women weeping in a chapel here. One woman named Veronica was nearly inconsolable. She was talking about the crucifixion of Christ as if it was happening right then and there. She was feeling it. She was seeing it as the consequences of her sins. She was overwhelmed by the love of a ... Read More
Religion

Getting Real About Christianity

Charlotte, N.C. -- There were women weeping in a chapel here. One woman named Veronica was nearly inconsolable. She was talking about the crucifixion of Christ as if it was happening right then and there. She was feeling it. She was seeing it as the consequences of her sins. She was overwhelmed by the love of a ... Read More