The Corner

Questions For Johnson

Lord, Lord, but the Corner works.

I thought I’d be lucky to get two or three good questions for Paul Johnson and Robert Bork, but when I rolled out of bed to check my email this morning my inbox was overflowing. A special word for John Miller: Yup, I want to know how Johnson does it myself. Somebody–maybe John Podhoretz?–told me that Johnson had once explained to him that he’d always been able to concentrate for long stretches, typically four hours. Now, I’m able to plant myself at a desk for four hours. But concentrate that long? I find that after ten minutes I’m always taking a break to sharpen a pencil…or get up and read the Corner. Anyway, I promise to ask him that one–promise.

And a special word for Terry Teachout: Huh? Is it some sort of well-known fact that Paul Johnson is (if this is the way to put it) a Rockwell aficionado? Has he written something about Rockwell that I’ve missed? (For those of you new to Terry, you can ask him a question about any book every published in all the long march of mankind in total confidence that he’s read it.)

Peter Robinson — Peter M. Robinson is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution.

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