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Wall Street Journal Review of 'Redskins: Insult and Brand'

April 8, 2016 2:45 p.m. ET Lest Americans grow bored with immigration, terrorism, confiscatory taxation and other mainstays of campaign chatter, Bernie Sanders has dragged the hapless Washington Redskins into the circus, saying that their pigment-specific moniker is on the…

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Wall Street Journal Review 'Of Beards and Men'

The ancient Hebrews honored beards. Peter the Great taxed his shaggier subjects. Lincoln grew one to make his mug look more presidential By Dave Shiflett Jan. 27, 2016 6:57 p.m. ET Those who are by nature contemplative, or who just…

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Boston Globe Article on Donald Trump's America

By Dave Shiflett January 17, 2016 One year from now, perched atop the steps of the Capitol and overlooking a vast crowd of his fellow citizens on the National Mall, Donald J. Trump could be sworn in as the 45th…

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Wall Street Journal Article on Donald Trump

As the writer of Donald Trump’s first “campaign book,” the slightly revered and lightly-quoted “The America We Deserve” (published in 2000), I have been asked by “many, many people” (to deploy a Trumpism) to offer my recollections of the man…

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Washington Post Review of Otis Redding Biography

By Dave Shiflett August 28 at 12:03 PM Otis Redding’s burst of fame was short but eventful. He shared the stage with Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin and drew the Beatles and other British pop royalty to his concerts. He…

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Wall Street Journal Review of 'The Girl in the Spider's Web'

Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium” series did no favors to the book-tour industry, selling scores of millions of copies despite the fact that Larsson died before his books were published. He made the fatal miscalculation of climbing seven flights of stairs, which…

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Rolling Stone Piece on Ben Bullington and Darrell Scott

Ben Bullington wrote songs while working as a country doctor in White Sulphur Springs, Montana (population: 939), often scribbling away in the early morning hours before work and during down times in the emergency room. He wrote lyrics on cards…

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Wall Street Journal Review of Judd Apatow's 'Sick in the Head'

Sit-Downs With Stand-Ups By DAVE SHIFLETT June 23, 2015 6:58 p.m. ET Writer, producer and director Judd Apatow is probably best known for movies like “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Knocked Up” and “Anchorman,” any one of which, given their unbuttoned sexual…