Links for your reading enjoyment:
RB: Let me go backward from the ending. In the closing passages of this book, you quote Steven Weisman of the New York Times during Reaganâ€™s burial week to the effect that the Reagan that was being represented was not the Reagan that he had been acquainted with. What did that mean?
RR: [What that meant was] that the legendary Reagan [who was] being promoted by renaming airports and highways and which was the Reagan presented after he diedâ€”I came to believe he was larger than lifeâ€”the quote that meant something quite different was the George Bush quote after the assassination attempt, â€œthat we will act as if he is still here.â€ As far as I can tell, Ronald Reagan is still president. And heâ€™s not the perfect guy those 900 books say he is, but he is running the country the way Roosevelt was running the country, years after he died. The quote from Steve was about the fact that they were able to Lincoln-ize him in three or four days. It was really quite extraordinary. But they need him to hold together the conservative movement because the Christians and the libertarians and the fiscal conservatives, the old traditionalists, would spin apart like a [broken] atom if it werenâ€™t for the nucleus of Reaganism.
– Failbetter.com is a site I just found out about. It is “an online quarterly that publishes original works of fiction, poetry and art.” Among many offerings they have an interview with Anne Tyler. So if you are looking for original stuff, check it out.
– It is Spring Book Week at NRO and they have been posting new content every day. Today they have a Q&A with Hugh Hewitt on his new book Painting the Map Red. I just happened to start reading that very book this week, so I will report back when I am done. In the Q&A Kathryn Lopez is pretty skeptical of Hewitt’s subtitle, The Fight to Create a Permanent Republican Majority, and she asks some good questions.
Also up is a personal reflection on Samuel Beckett by John Derbyshire and an excerpt from James Bowman’s forthcoming book on Honor.
– The Wall Street Journal has an email exchange that might interest some of you: Can Bloggers Make Money? Here is the intro:
Blogs have a lot of buzz, but there’s still considerable debate about whether that can translate into profits.
While many blogs remain little more than amateur diaries, several bloggers have tried to parlay their online ramblings into branded businesses. One, Jason Calacanis, co-founded Weblogs Inc., a network of blogging sites that was acquired last year by AOL. Mr. Calacanis has been an outspoken proponent of blogs as business vehicles, arguing that quality content can drive enough traffic to attract advertisers.
But longtime Internet entrepreneur Alan Meckler is skeptical. Mr. Meckler, who is chief executive of Jupitermedia Inc., believes that some blogs may achieve a measure of success, but doubts most blogs will be able to generate meaningful profits.
The two agreed to debate the issue for the Online Journal, and their email exchange is below.