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I don’t know if it’s the best NRO piece I wrote this year, but the article that easily has received the best response from readers was my appreciation of the heavy-metal band Iron Maiden: Lots of email when it first appeared, and now a steady trickle of people who bring it up in conversation. I was in NYC last week, having drinks with some folks who go to New Criterion parties and the like–almost all of them strangers to me beforehand–and one guy pulled me aside to say how much he liked the piece. No, it wasn’t Roger Kimball. But still. He’s a reader of Roger Kimball and he enjoyed reading about Iron Maiden. That just about made my day.

John J. Miller — John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

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