Jeremy Lott

Jeremy Lott is a columnist for Books & Culture.

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  • That Old Fox
    September 2003

    That Old Fox

    Give Isaiah Berlin this much: He had the good sense to choose Henry Hardy as an editor and literary trustee. Since Berlin’s death in 1997, Hardy has moved at a reasonable pace in releasing Berlin’s unpublished papers, but he has taken great care to do it right.

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  • October 2002

    Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

    The inaugural editorial of the Nicotine Theological Journal (January 1997) took a few fun swipes at teetotalers and scolds (including Al Gore), who admittedly, in the words of Garrison Keillor, “live longer, but they live dumber.”

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  • Diminishing Returns
    September 2002

    Diminishing Returns

    Most partisan recollections of the economic world that existed before Adam Smith conjure up words from “feudal” to “primitive” to “mercantilistic” to “Catholic”—a dark era ridden by “just price” theory, wanton poverty induced by ridiculous regulation and barriers to international trade, and the divine right of kings.

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  • July 2002

    Memo to Worship Leaders: Shut Up

    It is often said that former Princeton president Jonathan Edwards, the man credited with setting fire to the tinderbox that became the First Great Awakening, was a fiery preacher. His message was certainly incendiary, but by modern standards he was nothing of the sort.

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  • Talking Person
    June 2002

    Talking Person

    Most political junkies in the United States are at least marginally familiar with Chris Matthews. The dustjacket of his most recent book—with a goofy, grinning Matthews in suit and tie superimposed over an image of the Capital dome—is meant to jog these people’s memories as they browse the local Barnes & Noble.

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  • Hobbes Lite
    April 2002

    Hobbes Lite

    Some writers, by dint of hard work, luck, mock outrageousness, and an acute instinct for the acceptable limits of dissent, are able to rise to the prized status of Tellers of Truth.

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  • Bandwidth Blues
    February 2002

    Bandwidth Blues

    It is 1923, hot on the heels of the Progressive era and World War I. Radio Broadcast magazine confidently opines that the advent of radio as a popular medium “is destined, economically and politically, to bind us together more firmly.”

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  • World Without End, Amen
    January 2002

    World Without End, Amen

    Every night before bed, Eleanor Roosevelt—first lady, feminist, and the spirit Hillary Clinton most wants to contact in the Great Beyond—knelt beside her bed and prayed her improvised prayer.

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  • January 2002

    A Brilliant, Fading Bliss

    Trekking north along the closest major artery, Canada-bound travelers are treated to a small hotel with a decorative windmill, several car dealerships, and a shopping center with a McDonald’s, a Blockbuster, and a Subway—all common manifestations of the Pax Americana.

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  • December 2001

    Tolerance, Finally

    The implosion of the right-wing official opposition Alliance Party under its young evangelical leader Stockwell Day dominates the headlines of most of Canada's papers and feisty tabloids: Will the "gang of eight" dissident Alliance MPs be hung out to dry?

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