These photos bring Dickinson to life better than any biography.
The paradox of writing about Jesus is that we can only form an idea of him from the scriptures, yet we can only evaluate the scriptures if we have an idea of what he must have been like.
There are a few writers who contribute to National Review's blog who understand that many other writers for National Review are poorly-informed propagandists. Generally, this minority of intelligent conservatives have tended to avoid criticizing their more rabid colleagues, or have couched their criticisms in the most gentle terms.
On Monday, Eric Massa had transformed himself into a Republican hero by railing against the Democratic leadership and hinting that he was being set up in order to facilitate the passage of health care reform. Conservative outlets swarmed with conspiratorial thinking.
The Washington Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA) conducted our end-of-the-year awards balloting over the weekend, and the big winner was Up in the Air, which took Best Film, Best Actor (George Clooney), and Best Adapted Screenplay. An Education did well, too, with Carey Mulligan taking Best Actress.
In an article in the upcoming issue of the National Review, John O'Sullivan writes, "All health-care systems aim to achieve three things: (a) cost control, (b) universal access, and (c) provision of the full range of medical services. Alas, only two of these can be achieved simultaneously by any system." Ignore for a second the reflex to distrust anything the National Review writes about health care and assume that O'Sullivan is correct.