Peggy doesn’t much like Leon

…or at least his book. Peggy Noonan …Leon Panetta ’s “Worthy Fights” pretends to offer answers to a problem of which the book is actually an example—the mindless (as opposed to thoughtful and constructive) partisanship that has seized Washington. This...

Elmore Leonard, RIP

LA Times Elmore Leonard, one of America’s best known crime novelists, died Tuesday morning due to complications from a stroke, according to Leonard’s Facebook page and his longtime researcher at the Detroit News, Gregg Sutter. Leonard, 87, was working on...

In Sunlight and in Shadow

Mark Helprin’s latest novel In Sunlight and in Shadow is one of my all-time favorite novels. There were passages, like in other Helprin’s books, where I stopped to reread whole paragraphs because I was so astonished by the beauty of the language and the...

a thought for the moment

The passage below is from Mark Helprin’s new novel In Sunlight and in Shadow, a book remarkable for its depth and poetic language. As I listened to Dennis Prager discussing the Connecticut shooting, this moment in the book came to mind. The man speaking is...