Philip Terzian

Literary Editor
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The Elevator Blues

Philip Terzian, Muzak Man.

Apr 14, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 29 • By PHILIP TERZIAN


Emily Dickinson

The Groaning Shelf

Five new titles that instruct and entertain.

Jul 2, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 40

Moral Victory for Uncommitted

A Parody.

5:17 PM, May 23, 2012

Cartoon of a man pushing a door

My Digital Age

Philip Terzian, stumped.

May 21, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 34

 Morning Jay: Obama Will Have Reelection Troubles With This Economy

Another Gutsy Call!

3:50 PM, May 9, 2012

Obama in Cairo

Obama as Enabler

The president doesn't acknowledge the Armenian genocide.

2:45 PM, Apr 24, 2012

Dick Clark

Dick Clark, 1929-2012

5:25 PM, Apr 18, 2012

Photo of Hilton Kramer

High Culture’s Paladin

Hilton Kramer, 1928-2012.

Apr 9, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 29

Cartoon of George Washington hailing a taxi

The Ghosts of Washington

Philip Terzian, ghost hunter

Mar 19, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 26

Where's the Outrage?

5:50 PM, Feb 23, 2012


Ungentlemanly Agreement

2:55 PM, Jan 17, 2012

Cartoon of a man looking very happy in the snow

In the Bleak Midwinter

Philip Terzian, cold man

Jan 23, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 18

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum and Independents

3:34 PM, Jan 6, 2012

Photo of Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Obama

Turning Away from Europe

Turkey’s second thoughts.

Dec 19, 2011, Vol. 17, No. 14


1968 and All That

Philip Terzian, primary critic

Dec 5, 2011, Vol. 17, No. 12

McMartin Preschool

Remember McMartin

1:27 PM, Nov 11, 2011

Photo of Mitt Romney

‘To Bigotry No Sanction’

Nov 7, 2011, Vol. 17, No. 08

Steve Jobs

Jobs Without Tears

Prophet or master salesman?

3:00 PM, Oct 10, 2011

Drawing of Man sitting in Church with a thought bubble over his head

Je ne regrette rien

Philip Terzian, monolinguist

Oct 17, 2011, Vol. 17, No. 05

Chris Christie at townhall

Be Like Ike

4:16 PM, Sep 28, 2011

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Will the leatherbound volume go the way of the eight-track tape?

Sep 19, 2011, Vol. 17, No. 01


Philip Terzian is literary editor of The Weekly Standard. A native of the Washington, DC, area and a journalist for nearly 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 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, and other publications. In 2010 Encounter Books published his book Architects of Power: Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and the American Century. Terzian is married with two children.

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