The Taunting

Having recently read The Shining, I suppose it’s time I said something about the book in relation to Stanley Kubrick’s excellent film. Ground that’s already been covered a billion times since 1980: whether the film is better than the book? Simply put: YES. The book has its merits, certainly. It’s far from being a bad…

The Haunting

A word or two about the similarities and differences between Stephen King’s The Shining (which I read last week) and Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House – which partly inspired it. The premise and structure of the stories are very similar. Both feature a giant evil building as a central (perhaps the main) character.…

An Accidental Libertarian?

I recently read The Shining by Stephen King. The book is old enough (1977) that I guess all the broad strokes have been painted – and I don’t really have much to add in the way of general assessments. It was pretty much what I expected: Stephen King’s good-but-ultimately-inadequate novelization of Kubrick’s great film (chuckle).…

That Which is Not

I suppose it was inevitable that someone would come up with this idea. What wasn’t inevitable was that they would express themselves so persuasively. The idea is that taxes should be raised slightly on men and lowered on women. And no, I do not support it! But I will admit that I find the argument…

I Just Don’t Get It…and Neither do They

The latest conservative to “get it right” completely by accident is Jonah Goldberg in a column on Mitt Romney’s “big speech.” Mr. Romney, you see, is trying to overcome his “Mormon handicap” in the presidential race. Since everyone thinks Mormonism is a bizzaro cult, it’s important that he calm public fears on this point. Goldberg’s…

A Letter in the IDS

OK – a couple of corrections are in order on yesterday’s post. First – Noah points out that the study in question factored in a lot more medical knowledge of the people it surveyed than I had indicated. In addition to checking that they were non-smokers with no history of heart problems, it also made…

I Take a Lickin’ and Keep on Tickin’

As the dreaded IU smoking ban draws closer, the IDS devotes more and more column space to it – always with a not-so-subtle “pro” bias. And I get increasingly irritated. I even recently went against all that is right and decent and penned a letter to the editor complaining about another letter to the editor…