The Corner

The Summarize-Henry-James Competition

It’s an eternally recurring topic, simply because it’s such great fun: Great Writers Whom One Doesn’t Like to Read. T. S. Eliot’s line that “[Henry James] had a mind so fine that no idea could violate it” has been used by many to explain why they dislike James; but Eliot apparently intended that line as a compliment. So, as a public service to all Americans who are up late at night trying to put into words why they dislike Henry James, I offer the following — a quote within a quote in Saul Bellow’s Humboldt’s Gift that I somehow don’t remember from the first time I read that book: “‘Good old Henry James, of whom Mrs. Henry Adams said that he chewed more than he bit off . . .’”

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For Democrats, the Party’s Over

If the Democrats are really tempted by impeachment, bring it on. Since the day after the 2016 election they have been threatening this, placing their chips on the Russian-collusion fantasy and then on the phantasmagoric charade of obstruction of justice. The attorney general accurately gave the ingredients of the ... Read More
PC Culture

TV Before PC

Affixing one’s glance to the rear-view mirror is usually as ill-advised as staring at one’s own reflection. Still, what a delight it was on Wednesday to see a fresh rendition of “Those Were the Days,” from All in the Family, a show I haven’t watched for nearly 40 years. This time it was Woody Harrelson ... Read More