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Columnists: Lost words, lost worlds

posted: 01/28/2015 3:08 a.m. Comment 1

It's a slim little book that had a powerful impact as this country and the rest of the world hovered on the edge of war in 1939: Mrs. Miniver by Jan Struther, which began as a collection of short newspaper columns in the Times about the daily life of an English household in suburban London. Then it became a popular novel, and eventually a classic movie. (Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon.) The movie was soon recognized by both British and American leaders--Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill--as an invaluable aid in mobilizing American opinion in favor of entering the war on the Allied side.

Column One: In praise of plagiarism

posted: 01/25/2015 2:13 a.m. Discuss

Now and then an old friend goes through my column, highlights a few phrases, and compliments me on what he calls my "gifted plagiarism." It seems he's picked out various phrases I've borrowed from my betters--and is kind enough to mention only some of them.

Columnists: Letters with no address

posted: 01/21/2015 3:14 a.m. Comments 2

Dear Mr. Hawk, It's wholly a pleasure to watch you in flight. Or immobile, majestic, imperial on your perch of the moment. Not always moving but always there. Like an eagle at the end of a flagstaff. So Roman. So still. Yet so alert. Like power itself. The best kind of power. Held in reserve until used without reservation. Decisively.

Column One: Icarus falling

posted: 01/18/2015 2:04 a.m. Comments 2

Take care, we say as casually as we do Bye or See Ya Later--and then we're off. We've got things to do, places to go, work to do--and some new waxen wings with all their feathers to test today. There's always something on the to-do list, you know how it is. And then, in the middle of the busy day's routine . . . the explosion.

Columnists: Radical as conservative

posted: 01/15/2015 3:08 a.m. Comments 2

History is up to its old tricks again. The radical agitator of one generation becomes the conservative icon of another. With each year that passes, it becomes clearer that, despite his dramatic impact, Martin Luther King Jr. was a familiar type: the American conservative. That is, someone dedicated to preserving and expanding the gains of a liberal revolution.

Columnists: Destination Mars

posted: 01/15/2015 2 a.m. Discuss

Fasten your seat belts, or rather Orion's belt. That's the name used for the three stars that may be the most prominent feature of the constellation Orion in the night sky. Orion also appeared in headlines across the country and the world the other morning when an American spacecraft by that name ventured farther from Mother Earth than any other made for human flight since the golden age of space exploration decades ago. The news was a reminder that America--and man--isn't finished exploring yet.

Columnists: Destination Mars

posted: 01/14/2015 3:02 a.m. Discuss

Fasten your seat belts, or rather Orion's belt. That's the name used for the three stars that may be the most prominent feature of the constellation Orion in the night sky. Orion also appeared in headlines across the country and the world the other morning when an American spacecraft by that name ventured farther from Mother Earth than any other made for human flight since the golden age of space exploration decades ago.

Column One: Man of the year

posted: 01/11/2015 1:55 a.m. Comment 1

It's that time of year when the Man/Woman/Representative Figure of the Year is unveiled. Their pictures show up on magazine covers, the front pages of opinion sections and business quarterlies and whatever other publications choose to make a big to-do over the hero--or villain--of the last 12 months.

Columnists: The year in quotes

posted: 01/07/2015 3:16 a.m. Discuss

Lovers of phrases that deserve preserving as summations of the year's news have reason once again to thank Carl Cannon, the tireless editor and compiler at RealClearPolitics, for giving us his annual list of defining quotes for the past year. It'll be read avidly by verbophiles from coast to coast, and there are a lot of us word-addicts.

Column One: And then-- the shock

posted: 01/04/2015 3:15 a.m. Discuss

By now the cast of thousands all know their well-worn roles. And so does the national audience, which has seen this pageant performed again and again. The whole production has become as familiar as an old standard in the repertory of an opera company. Only the actors may change from time to time, though some seem to hang on forever, reciting the same old lines and practicing the same old demagoguery.

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