Category Archives: Dissertation ephemera

In Defense of Soundbites

[Boston Globe] In today’s Boston Globe, I’ve got an essay on soundbites, the media, and political coverage. Ever since 1992, when Daniel Hallin documented that the length of the average TV soundbite fell from 43 seconds in 1968 to 9 seconds … Continue reading

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A Review of Edmund Morris’s Colonel Roosevelt

[Boston Globe] In yesterday’s Boston Globe, I published a review of Edmund Morris’s Colonel Roosevelt, the third and final volume in his TR trilogy. The book’s been widely and positively reviewed, but it still seems to me that most people … Continue reading

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The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations

[Boston Globe] In today’s Boston Globe, I’ve got a review of George W. Bush’s Decision Points. The presidential memoir has become a very odd and very unique media event — an event where the book’s release matters more than the book … Continue reading

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Reagan and/as Palin

[Los Angeles Times] In today’s Los Angeles Times, I’ve got an Op Ed on Sarah Palin’s constant invocations of Ronald Reagan. Every Republican does this, of course, but I argue that Palin invokes Reagan in a uniquely shallow way. In fact, … Continue reading

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The Drudge Report and Bush’s Decision Points

[New York] In this week’s New York magazine, I’ve got a short little essay arguing that presidential memoirs exist not to be read so much as to be discussed. That’s clearly the case with Bush’s new Decision Points, though the full … Continue reading

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By Committee

[New York Times] In this Sunday’s New York Times Book Review — and just in time for the release of George W. Bush’s memoirs — I’ve got an essay on the crazy (but long forgotten) protests surrounding the release of … Continue reading

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Jimmy Carter’s Second, Polished Draft of History

[San Francisco Chronicle] Two days before Jimmy Carter’s inauguration, Art Buchwald used his “Capitol Punishment” column to offer some advice to the incoming administration. “The first thing to do when you get to Washington,” Buchwald wrote, “is find a literary agent. The second thing … Continue reading

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