Claudia Anderson is managing editor of The Weekly Standard. Before the magazine was launched, she worked in daily journalism for 13 years--as chief editorial writer for Scripps Howard, editorial page editor of the Cincinnati Post, and editorial writer for the Buffalo Courier-Express. From 1975 to 1982 she edited books for the American Enterprise Institute. She has a master’s degree in medieval history from the University of California, Berkeley.
The Fifth Amendment to the Constitution gave its name to the protection against self-incrimination, and it also contains three other famous (and these days somewhat battered) guarantees—against double jeopardy; against deprivation of life, liberty, or property without due process of law; and of just compensation when private property is taken for public use.Read more
For decades now, media marketers and content producers have been milking the Jane Austen craze, first with fine dramatizations of the novels themselves for small and large screen, then with a vast bazaar of knockoffs—sequels by the score (Letters from Pemberley: The First Year, Captain Wentworth’s Diary), modern adaptations (Emma as Valley Girl in the movie Clueless), and even exotica introducing zombies and sea monsters into the Austen genre. What on earth is the appeal?Read more
For friends and admirers of Marilyn Hagerty, the North Dakota columnist whose straightforward review of the new Olive Garden in Grand Forks recently went viral, it’s been exhilarating to watch the blogosphere move in to mock her and come away humbled by the strength and charm of this seasoned newspaperwoman of the Plains.Read more
Last winter, I was in Paris for a few days and stayed at the epicenter of the old city, right next to Notre Dame, in a place called the Hôtel-Dieu, a large working hospital. Some years back a decision was made to provide rooms on the top floor for patients’ visitors to stay overnight. Then, finding that the rooms were seldom filled to capacity, the hospital opened them to paying guests. It makes for a novel lodging arrangement, and I loved stepping out in the morning into the square in front of the cathedral, nearly empty of tourists in bitter February.Read more
A cruise ship sank in the Volga River in heavy weather a few weeks back, with more than 100 lives lost. On the radio I heard President Medvedev vow to banish the antiquated boats that ply Russia’s waterways. A commentator called them “rust buckets,” and a shiver went down my spine.Read more
Professor John Michael Bailey’s course on human sexuality has been dropped from Northwestern University’s offerings in psychology for next year. The publicity surrounding an optional after-class live demonstration of a motorized sex toy apparently had a sobering effect in the hallowed halls.Read more
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