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Behold: “Reading Around”

My new book has just published: Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas. Here’s the description:

This collection of excellent short essays includes many of the most popular and important pieces by John J. Miller, the respected author, journalist, and academic. From literature to music, from movies to writing, from culture to politics, “Reading Around” shows Miller — the talented director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College — at his peak performance. This best-of collection of selections from National Review, Wall Street Journal, and other publications includes pieces on the ancient epics “Gilgamesh” and “Beowulf”; thriller writers Michael Crichton, Daniel Silva, and Brad Thor; science-fiction authors Arthur C. Clarke and Robert Heinlein; fantasy novelists J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis; the horror fiction of Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft; movies such as “The Exorcist” and “Red Dawn”; the music of Iron Maiden; the art of Salvador Dali and Frida Kahlo; and much more, including essays on the purpose of libraries, writer’s block, and the conundrum of having a common name. The Chronicle of Higher Education has called Miller “one of the best literary journalists in the country,” and this volume shows why. For anyone who loves and admires excellent writing, “Reading Around” is an enjoyable must. The Chronicle of Higher Education has called Miller “one of the best literary journalists in the country,” and this volume shows why.

As they used to say in those old Bartles & Jaymes commercials: “Thank you for your support.”

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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