placeholder

Wall Street Journal Reviews

 

‘Funny Business’ Review: How Great Thou, Art 

Art Buchwald wrote a thrice-weekly column on D.C. absurdities. He’d bang it out in an hour, run the jokes by an assistant and then head to Sans Souci. 

 

By Dave Shiflett 

June 9…

Read more
placeholder

Wall Street Journal review of 'Why We Drive' by Matthew Crawford

The coronavirus has parked multitudes on their sofas, where many have gone half-mad reading rants from advanced-studies graduates of the University of ­Twitter. Matthew Crawford’s “Why We Drive” is the perfect antidote. 

Mr. Crawford, a senior fellow at the University…

Read more
placeholder

WSJ review of Homeplace

‘Homeplace’ Review: Enticed by Twang and Sawdust The last roadhouse in the Virginias, where Budweisers, Beatitudes and country music mingle—and a fading subculture finds a home. By  Dave Shiflett July 11, 2019 6:50 pm ET

Among the collateral calamities of…

Read more
placeholder

Wall Street Journal Review: The Last Job

By  Dave Shiflett April 18, 2019 7:25 p.m. ET

The prospect of death separates the terminally ambitious members of our species into two distinct groups: those who compose a bucket list of offbeat things to do before they croak and…

Read more
placeholder

WSJ Review of Jeff Pearlman's 'Football For A Buck'

The new NFL season has commenced with the usual hoopla, though some fans are finding new things to do on Sunday afternoon. Their disaffection isn’t just about kneeling, which is as easy to ignore as other celebrity pose-striking. The game…

Read more
placeholder

Weekly Standard article on Ancestor Worship

Worship Thy Ancestor . . . from a distance 2:00 AM, Apr 06, 2018 | By Dave Shiflett You can get arrested for spanking an unruly tot these days, but flogging the immortal bejesus out of once-revered ancestors can pay…

Read more
placeholder

Weekly Standard article on the NRA

Skunk vs. Skunk The defense of the Second Amendment goes down-market 2:40 AM, MAR 16, 2018 | By DAVE SHIFLETT If someone invented a television “raver filter” there would no doubt be national jubilation—until we realized that blocking the ravers…

Read more
placeholder

WSJ Review of Dar Williams' 'What I Found in a Thousand Towns'

It’s the rare musician who doesn’t, at some point, compose a tell-all memoir that recounts the rise to glory, descent into addiction, journey through paparazzi hell and, finally, the triumph of the comeback tour—all spiced with enough political observations to…

Read more