As the author says in his preface, Here, There, & Everywhere is a “grab bag of a book,” containing almost 100 pieces on a multiplicity of subjects. Paul Johnson calls Jay Nordingler “one of the most versatile and pungent writers in America. And Mark Steyn says that this collection is “a virtuoso display.”
In these pages, Nordlinger visits unusual towns, universities–even music camps. He delves into politics, then profiles a number of personalities: George W. Bush, Condoleezza Rice, Naguib Mahfouz, Al Sharpton, Donald Rumsfeld, Rosie O’Donnell, Rodney Dangerfield.... He sends dispatches from Europe–East and West–and the Middle East. He writes on a favorite sport, golf, and a favorite art: music. We meet Tiger Woods, Ben Hogan, Luciano Pavarotti, Meredith Wilson (the composer of The Music Man), and many others.
The book closes with a selection of personal pieces, involving matters large and small. What we have here is a feast of a book, served in several appetizing courses. Mark Helprin says that reading these pieces is “like opening one present after another.” Rush Limbaugh says that the book is “witty, grabbing, and fun.”
And, out the author, Norman Podhoretz says, “The easy informality of his style never fails to engage and delight, the wide-ranging cultivation it reflects never fails to enlighten, and the energy that propels it never fails to amaze.” Readers are invited to experience this for themselves.
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Jay Nordlinger is a senior editor of National Review. He contributes pieces on politics, foreign affairs, the arts, and many other subjects. He is music critic for The New Criterion and the New York Sun, as well as for National Review. For National Review Online, he writes a column called “Impromptus.” He has won awards for his work on human rights, in particular. A native Michigander, he lives in New York.Review:
“Jay Nordlinger is one of America’s most versatile and pungent writers. He is at home in geopolitics and sociology, sports and music and literature, and to all these topics he brings an inquiring mind, deep knowledge, and an engaging style. This collection shows him at his wide-ranging best.”–Paul Johnson
“Like all great reporters and essayists, Nordlinger seizes upon the essential details that give a story life in the present and years after. What is most striking about these essays is not their integrity, fearlessness, wit, superb craftsmanship, and the long view they reveal, but that Nordlinger is a man in full. When he writes, ‘For me, the personal transcends the national, historical, and political,’ you know immediately how is portrait of our age has transcended contemporary affairs to read like history. And though always written in pursuit of the enduring and the true, his pieces are so dense in fact and sparkling anecdote that to read them is like opening one present after another. A good man is hard to find: You have found him.”–Mark Helprin
“No matter the subject–and what subject has he not touched upon?–Jay Nordlinger writes like the great conversationalist he is. The easy informality of his style never fails to engage and delight, the wide-ranging cultivation it reflects never fails to enlighten, and the energy that propels it never fails to amaze.”–Norman Podhoretz
“Unlike most of us political pundits, Jay Nordingler has many other strings to his bow. In fact, most of us don’t even have a bow, but Jay does: You’re as likely to find him at Bayreuth or Salzburg as at a political convention. Or at Augusta National. He has what British politicians term a ‘hinterland’–a vast array of interests beyond politics that most normal people call ‘life.’ He writes brilliantly about music, and profoundly about golf, and very perceptively about those strange little linguistic tics that seem to pop up out of nowhere and catch the spirit of the age. For his fans, this long overdue Nordlinger reader is a virtuoso display of his rare versatility, on subjects from Rummy to Rosie, Cuba to comedy, ethnic cleansing in Iraq to ‘erotic vagrancy’ in Hollywood. He is a Jay of all trades and a master of . . . well, almost all (we have a few musical differences).”–Mark Steyn
“Jay Nordlinger is a Renaissance man, and this book proves it. It’s witty, grabbing, and fun. Nordlinger tackles an array of issues, big and small, with rare humor and insight. He also says nice things about me–which counts for a lot. I couldn’t put it down.”–Rush Limbaugh
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