With the 40th anniversary of Richard Nixon’s resignation coming up on August 9, there’s a slew of new books about Nixon and his presidency. I wrote recently about several of the new titles: * I interviewed Pat Buchanan for Salon about his new book, The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose from Defeat to Create the New Majority. […]Read more "What this blog needs is more Nixon"
I have two new interviews out this week for Salon, and they could not be more different (other than both being about writers): * I talk here to conservative opinion-maker Pat Buchanan about his new book The Greatest Comeback, which is about the years he spent helping Richard Nixon rise from back-to-back races for the presidency (1960) and […]Read more "Interviews with Pat Buchanan, Stephen Falk"
I have two new pieces up today at The Daily Beast: What the Hell Is ‘Twee’? A Genre? A Mindset? An Art Form?: My Q&A with Marc Spitz, the author of Twee: The Gentle Revolution in Music, Books, Television, Fashion, and Film, a new book about the history Twee art. When the Right to Vote Wasn’t […]Read more "‘Twee’ and ‘Freedom Summer’"
Earlier this week, Kirkus Reviews published an abbreviated version of my interview with Bruce Allen Murphy about his new biography, Scalia: A Court of One. In this longer version of the interview, Murphy and I discuss Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s background, legal writing, and judicial philosophy. Let’s start with the basics of originalism vs. textualism. […]Read more "An interview with Bruce Murphy on his new biography, ‘Scalia’"
This review originally appeared in my column for Huffington Post on April 23, 2014. As you may recall from your eighth-grade social studies class, the United States Constitution was written to be changed and we have changed it often. Even as the last of the 13 colonies were ratifying the Constitution in 1789 and 1790, the First Congress […]Read more "Retired justice says time to hit refresh on the Constitution"
Head over to Salon.com to read my Q&A with chief White House correspondent Peter Baker about his new book, Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House, a history of the Bush administration that documents President Bush’s preoccupation with Iraq from his first weeks in office.Read more "Bush’s misadventures in Iraq"
This piece originally appeared in my column for Huffington Post on November 30, 2013. George Will proved once again in a recent column that he is perhaps the most intellectually dishonest “intellectual” in a city awash with intellectual dishonesty. Not content to make obvious arguments about the administration’s problems implementing the Affordable Care Act — nee Obamacare — Will […]Read more "George Will is a lazy, partisan hack"
This piece originally appeared in my column for Huffington Post on November 27, 2013. There was an interesting discussion on Saturday’s “Up with Steve Kornacki” between Kornacki and John Sides, a political scientist who co-wrote The Gamble: Choice and Change in the 2012 Presidential Election, which takes the view that presidential elections are largely static stalemates that turn […]Read more "‘Moneyball’-ing election coverage"
This piece originally appeared in my column for Huffington Post on July 8, 2013. Jonathan Alter said recently that the 2012 election was “the most consequential” of his lifetime. In his new book, The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies, Alter describes this more in terms of the non-election of Mitt Romney than the re-election of Barack Obama: Even if […]Read more "How is Obama legacy project going?"
This piece originally appeared in my column for Huffington Post on June 25, 2013. In the opening anecdote of Glenn Thrush and Jonathan Martin’s The End of the Line, their behind-the-scenes e-book about the last month of the 2012 presidential campaign, we join our regularly scheduled election already in progress: It was more than an hour after the […]Read more "Review: Politico e-books"