Philip Terzian


Philip Terzian is literary editor of The Weekly Standard. A native of the Washington, DC, area and a journalist for over 40 years, he has been a writer and editor at Reuters, newspapers in Alabama and Kentucky, the New Republic, the Los Angeles Times, and was editorial page editor of the Providence Journal. For 20 years he wrote a political/foreign affairs column syndicated by the Scripps Howard News Service. During 1978-79 he was speechwriter for Secretary of State Cyrus Vance.

Terzian has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary, Pulitzer juror, media fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford, traveling fellow of the American Journalism Foundation, and is a member of the American Council on Germany. He is a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the New Criterion, the Times Literary Supplement, Sewanee Review, and other publications. In 2010 Encounter Books published his book Architects of Power: Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and the American Century.

Stories by Philip Terzian


How I Got Here From There

Philip Terzian's alternative path
Nov 16, 2015

Rummaging around the other evening in a box of magazines and newspaper clippings with my byline, I stumbled upon the November 1975 issue of a journal called the Alternative: An American Spectator. Mindful, as always, of capricious mortality, I have lately been subtracting from the volume of paper my family will inherit, and was briefly discouraged by the several large containers of printed matter in my basement. In the course of tossing out duplicates, however, I noticed that I had saved a half-dozen copies of that issue. 

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B&A Podcast: Picasso's Avocation, Within Earshot, Learning from History

The Books & Arts Podcast is hosted by Philip Terzian
12:35 PM, Nov 15, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with literary editor Philip Terzian on the Books & Arts section from the November 16, 2015 issue.

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B&A Podcast: Mothers Know Best, Maestro Meteor, and Paths of Glory

The Books & Arts Podcast is hosted by Philip Terzian
9:30 AM, Nov 08, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with literary editor Philip Terzian on the Books & Arts section from the November 9, 2015 issue.

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B&A Podcast: Whisker Rebellion, Man of the Cosmos, and It Can't Happen There

The Books & Arts Podcast is hosted by Philip Terzian
12:30 PM, Nov 07, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with literary editor Philip Terzian on the Books & Arts section from the November 2, 2015 issue.

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B&A Podcast: Shroud of London, Spain by Numbers, and Why Read Trollope?

The Books & Arts Podcast is hosted by Philip Terzian
9:30 AM, Oct 25, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with literary editor Philip Terzian on the Books & Arts section from the October 26, 2015 issue.

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Slow Joe

2:20 PM, Oct 20, 2015

By the time you read this, it is possible that Vice President Joe Biden will have announced his candidacy for the presidency. Or not. 

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B&A Podcast: Classical England, Man vs. Pawn, and To Kill a Franchise

The Books & Arts Podcast is hosted by Philip Terzian
1:33 PM, Oct 17, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with literary editor Philip Terzian on the Books & Arts section from the October 12, 2015 issue.

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Hangers On

Philip Terzian, always suitable
Oct 05, 2015

It occurred to me not long ago that, given my age and station in life, I should probably not purchase any more suits. Gazing at the contents of my clothes closet, there can be little doubt that I have more than enough to see me through the balance of my working life, and beyond—if, lest we forget, I am vouchsafed to get there.

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Casual Podcast: Hangers On

10:00 AM, Oct 04, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD Casual Podcast, with Philip Terzian reading his casual essay "Hangers On."

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Banned Books Week, Busted

9:00 AM, Oct 03, 2015

Banned Books Week, the American Library Association’s annual self-advertisement, has now ended for this year. Bookstores will disassemble their earnest displays of “banned books,”and the semblance of normality will return to public libraries. And we will be left with the sobering thought that, in 21st-century America, there remain people who would ban the works of Harper Lee or J.D.

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The Relevance of Debates is Debatable

12:46 PM, Sep 17, 2015

Did you see the CNN debate on Wednesday night? Neither did I.

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B&A Podcast: Smart Power, Lying for Truth, Who Won the Wars?

The B&A Podcast is hosted by Philip Terzian.
9:30 AM, Sep 13, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with literary editor Philip Terzian on the Books & Arts section from the September 14, 2015 issue.

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Old Man of the Mountain

Reflections on McKinley/Denali.
10:00 AM, Sep 03, 2015

President Obama’s unilateral renaming of Mount McKinley in Alaska has agitated the Ohio congressional delegation, and more than a few observers across party lines, largely because it was done without constitutional authority. To be sure, such niceties have not stopped this president in the past.

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B&A Podcast: Hogs in Whole, Class Action, and All Booked Up

The B&A Podcast is hosted by Philip Terzian.
10:45 AM, Aug 30, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with literary editor Philip Terzian on the Books & Arts section from the August 24-31, 2015 double issue.

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Much Ado About Presidential Vacations

10:45 AM, Aug 28, 2015

Now that President Obama has returned from his two-week summer vacation on Martha's Vineyard

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Britain’s Moral Panic

Poor Ted Heath.
Aug 24, 2015

A little over 30 years ago, three generations of the McMartin family, who had run a nursery school in Los Angeles for decades, were arrested, jailed, and put on trial, charged with hundreds of sensational counts of child sexual abuse. Six years later, when no convictions had been obtained, all charges were dropped against them—including against one family member who had languished in jail for five years without being convicted of anything.

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B&A Podcast: The Good Fight, Vision Quest, and When Earthlings Panic

The B&A Podcast is hosted by Philip Terzian.
10:05 AM, Aug 23, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with literary editor Philip Terzian on the Books & Arts section from the August 17, 2015 issue.

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Cameron Among the Commoners

9:30 AM, Aug 19, 2015

Proof positive that it’s the latter half of Augustwhen just about everyone is on vacation, or ought to be

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B&A Podcast: Defender of Fidel, Emancipation Strategy, and Fear Itself

The B&A Podcast is hosted by Philip Terzian.
3:55 PM, Aug 16, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with literary editor Philip Terzian on the Books & Arts section from the August 10, 2015 issue.

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Notes on a Scandal

Warren Harding, philanderer.
10:00 AM, Aug 14, 2015

Well, one minor mystery of the American presidency was clarified this week.

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Lindsey Graham, Officer and a Gentleman

Ignore that hit piece in the Washington Post.
2:29 PM, Aug 05, 2015

Many decades ago, on my first day as the designated conservative on the editorial page staff of the Los Angeles Times, I attended the morning editorial meeting presided over by our courtly editor, Anthony Day.

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Help Wanted

Aug 03, 2015

The Weekly Standard is hiring an assistant to the literary editor. This is an entry-level clerical/administrative post with editorial duties and the opportunity to assist in the composition of the Books & Arts section. The ideal applicant will be interested in promotion and social media. Knowledge of Adobe InDesign is desirable but not mandatory. Send CV and cover letter to:

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B&A Podcast: Dune's Half-Century, Loose Change, and Myth Makers

The Books & Arts Podcast is hosted by Philip Terzian.
3:50 PM, Aug 02, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with literary editor Philip Terzian on the Books & Arts section from the August 3, 2015 issue.

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Casual Podcast: Marriage à la Modesto

3:05 PM, Jul 26, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD Casual Podcast, with Philip Terzian reading his casual essay "Marriage à la Modesto."

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B&A Podcast: Classical Intoxication, Rocks of Ages, and A Ghost's Lament

The Books & Arts Podcast is hosted by Philip Terzian.
10:15 AM, Jul 25, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with literary editor Philip Terzian on the Books & Arts section from the July 20, 2015 issue.

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Marriage à la Modesto

Philip Terzian, the Reverend
Jul 20, 2015

As a lifelong student of the manners and habitat of the American upper-middle, and upper, classes, I am of course a weekly reader of the Vows (weddings) pages in the Sunday New York Times. The tone of these notices has evolved with the years—the weekly essays on one featured couple tend to emphasize politics rather than love, and single-sex mergers are now routine—but the substance remains the same: These are people who take pride in their meritocratic status. 

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B&A Podcast: Highway to Heaven, The Turning Points, and Magnetic North

The Books & Arts Podcast is hosted by Philip Terzian
3:30 PM, Jul 19, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with literary editor Philip Terzian on the Books & Arts section from the July 20, 2015 issue.

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B&A Podcast: Summer Reading Issue

The Books & Arts podcast is hosted by Philip Terzian.
1:45 PM, Jul 12, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with literary editor Philip Terzian on the Books & Arts section from the Summer Reading Issue.

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B&A Podcast: London Calling, the Genius Cycle, and Monster Mash

The Books & Arts Podcast is hosted by Philip Terzian.
12:15 PM, Jun 28, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with literary editor Philip Terzian on the Books & Arts section from the June 29th issue.

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B&A Podcast: Lost Victory, Hello, Kitties, and Miller's Lament

The Books & Arts Podcast is hosted by Philip Terzian.
1:00 PM, Jun 13, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with literary editor Philip Terzian on the Books & Arts section from the June 8th issue.

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