So shall we in the rout of life
Some thought, some faith, some meaning save,
And speak it once before we go
In silence to the silent grave.
— George Orwell
The faintest of all human passions is the love of truth.
— A.E. Housman
Note: Radio Derb is on the air! The January 17th podcast is available at VDARE.com and on iTunes. The transcript will be archived here on the evening of Wednesday, January 22nd.
Note: As of Fall 2015 my sole outlet for podcasts and written online commentary is VDARE.com. The Radio Derb podcast is here, written online commentary here.
VDARE classifies commentary as either blog posts or full-dress articles. My articles are mostly distilled by the VDARE editors from Radio Derb transcripts, then cross-posted at the Unz Review.
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I am a writer — novelist, pop-math author, reviewer, and opinion journalist — living on Long Island, New York.
This is my home page. I have archived the content of most of my written work (other than published books) on this website, so that you can get an idea of its scope and quality.
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This link takes you to an ad hoc web page I put up — a sort of blog — dealing with the events of mid-April, 2012, which attracted a lot of notice and which people still ask me about.
The "Last 3 months" link in the navigation box brings up links to all my published columns, articles, and reviews for the past three months.
Other pages accessible from here via the navigation box offer readings of poetry and prose, interviews I have done at various times, an album of family pictures from our marriage onwards, a "virtual attic" of memorabilia and photographs from my own and my family's histories, and any kinds of notes or oddities I feel like storing on my website under "Miscellaneous."
To get in touch with me, please use the email address scrawled (in hopes of foxing the spambots) next to my mugshot at the left here.
Below the line I have put a handful of links to commonly requested pages.
[Note on finding an article you dimly remember : If you dimly remember reading an article of mine and want to find it in these pages, just go to Google Advanced Search, enter "www.johnderbyshire.com" into the "Search within a site or domain" box at the bottom, and put key words or phrases in the search box(es). If that doesn't do the trick, you may be thinking of something I posted on National Review Online's group blog, The Corner. Corner posts didn't get archived here, and NRO only archives them for a short time back, so you are most likely out of luck; but try Google Advanced Search with search website "www.nationalreview.com/corner."]
[Note on Chinese characters : There are some Chinese characters here and there in the following pages. You should see a row of Chinese characters here: 一排空方格. If instead you saw a row of little hollow squares, you are probably using some unfriendly configuration of Microsoft Explorer as your browser. The following thing worked in version 7 of IE: Go to "Tools … Compatibility View Settings," and add johnderbyshire.com to the box. Then "Tools" again and just click on "Compatibility View," so that it's ticked. If that fails you'll have to install Chinese from "Control Panel … Languages," and you'll need your system disk. Why does Microsoft Corp. make our lives so difficult? Don't ask me.]
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