Keith Urbahn on conservatives and publishing

This week’s edition of Coffee and Markets, has Pejman Yousefzadeh and I talking with Keith Urbahn, former chief of staff to Donald Rumsfeld, to discuss his new PR firm Javelin, which is involved in book publishing from a right-of-center perspective. We discussed the relationship between traditional publishers and the conservative movement, the future of publishing and… Continue reading

WFB Bio, James Madison & Post-Harry Potter

Terry Teachout finds the most recent William F. Buckley bio (Buckley: William F. Buckley Jr. and the Rise of American Conservatism) disappointing: Sure enough, Buckley is as fair-minded a study of its subject’s career as you could possibly expect from a contributor to The Nation and Tikkun. It deals bluntly but honestly with such difficult topics as his equivocal views on… Continue reading

Where Are the Conservative Novelists?

Mark Goldblatt wonders: You have to wonder, under the circumstances, whether the ambitions of a young conservative novelist would be unreservedly encouraged and diligently nurtured in a contemporary MFA program. If the answer is no, then the ramifications are profound — and profoundly disturbing. For the issue here runs deeper than the run-of-the-mill ideological browbeating… Continue reading