John O'Neill

John O’Neill writes from Detroit.

Latest by John O'Neill in Chronicles

  • The Strange Case of Dr. Dickens  and Mr. Drood
    June 2021

    The Strange Case of Dr. Dickens and Mr. Drood

    The dual nature of Charles Dickens’ personality, which could be filled with generosity toward the downtrodden and yet tremendously cruel to his own wife, is explored in a new biography by A. N. Wilson.

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  • The Mind Behind Big Brother
    June 2020

    The Mind Behind Big Brother

    Few works in literature are as terrifying as 1984, that look into the future written by George Orwell and published in 1949. British scholar Dorian Lynskey unravels the novel’s themes, inspirations, and intentions in his latest book.

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  • When We Were Kings
    April 2010

    When We Were Kings

    These days, Detroit’s dominance of the global car market, like Soviet dominance of global politics, is a thing of the past. And in the older faces of spectators at the Dream Cruise, the sense of loss is as obvious as the sense of pride.

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  • April 2001

    Field of Schemes

    Except for the filming of 61¤, the upcoming movie about the home-run race between Yankees Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris in 1961, there was no action last summer at Tiger Stadium.

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  • December 1999

    Oui Shall Overcome!

    Quebec shows its patriotism every year on June 24, one week before Canada Day—not because the French-speaking province gets a head start on the rest of the country, but because June 24 is the feast day of Jean Baptiste, the patron saint of Quebec.

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