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From my new column in Taki's Magazine: ... Since 1929, anthropologists have assured us that race is just a social construct, that ancient peoples made pots not war, that Aryan conquests in India and Europe were Nazi delusions, that the caste system was imposed on the egalitarian Indians by British colonialists, and many other agreeable... Read More
From What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton: Okay ... Why didn't I ever notice before that the theme of 1984 is that we should "rely on: our leaders" more, that we must not mistrust the press? This could make a good SNL skit if they were still in the market for funny stuff about politicians:... Read More
Inspired by Gregory Cochran's recent review of Jared Diamond's 20-year-old Pulitzer Prize winning tome Guns, Germs, and Steel The Fate of Human Societies, here's my new column in Taki's Magazine: Rough Diamond by Steve Sailer September 06, 2017 ... Why are some races of humans so much more economically and scientifically productive than other races?... Read More
U.C. Berkeley professor of history Yuri Slezkine is the author of the important 2004 book The Jewish Century, which offered an illuminating perspective on the ethnic Jewish role in the Soviet state. I was recently wondering whatever happened to him since I hadn't heard of him having a new book out since then. But now... Read More
English novelist Anthony Burgess, 1917-1993, was born 100 years ago last month. He exploded onto the literary scene around 1960 as a middle-aged prodigy, publishing his first five novels in about a year. Supposedly, he had been misdiagnosed with terminal brain cancer so he wrote all these books to leave his widow an inheritance. (This... Read More
From my new column in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there.
From The Atlantic, an essay by Robert D. Kaplan that would make a good appendix to Houellebecq's Submission: In Michel Houellebecq's 2015 novel Submission, the new Muslim president of France moves the capital of the E.U. from northerly Brussels to Rome to be closer to the center of a new/old unified realm in which the... Read More
From my new column in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there.
From my new book review in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there.
From my new book review in Taki's Magazine: Forecasting a Million Muslim Mob by Steve Sailer January 06, 2016 In the news and opinion business, late December and early January are the dead season as journalists go on vacation, leaving behind their canned top 10 lists for last year and forecasts for the new year.... Read More
From my new column in Taki's Magazine: Read the
Here's an academic book coming out in January by George Hawley, a professor of political science at the U. of Alabama: Right-Wing Critics of American Conservatism Hardcover – January 25, 2016 by George Hawley (Author) Hardcover $34.95 The American conservative movement as we know it faces an existential crisis as the nation's demographics shift away... Read More
When I saw that Melissa Click of the U. of Missouri Department of Communication Department had chaired the 2014 "Console-ing Passions" academic conference, I was reminded that the first time I ever noticed that postmodern academics think it clever to use ham-handed punctuation to make lame puns was in the title of a 1992 book... Read More
My new column in Taki's Magazine is a review of an important new history of American education reform efforts from an HBD-aware perspective: Read the whole thing there.
On GoTrackTownUSA, 3 time All-American female distance runner Alexi Pappas writes: ALEXI PAPPAS: WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAID By Alexi Pappas / TrackTown USA EUGENE, Ore. – My family stood together in the small waiting room just outside the Oval Office, nervously smiling like a group of kids waiting their turn at the top of a... Read More
Following up my review last week in Taki's Magazine of Submission, Michel Houellebecq's novel about a future Islamic takeover of France, here are some other reviews: - Noah Millman argues that Submission is not satire but Houellebecq's personal fantasy of arranged polygamous marriage. But why can't it be both at the same time? Top writers... Read More
With my review currently up in Taki's Magazine of Loren Stein's terrific translation in English of Michel Houellebecq's Submission, I think it's timely to repost my version of Houellebecq's scenario for how the the second place Muslim finisher in the French Presidential election of 2022 would form a grand coalition to defeat the first place... Read More
From my column in Taki's Magazine: Reactionary author Michel Houellebecq’s novel about an Islamic takeover of France, Submission, was published the day of the slaughter at Charlie Hebdo. In fact, the satirical publication’s cover that bloody morning was a cartoon of the notoriously decrepit-looking Houellebecq prophesying, “In 2015, I lose my teeth. In 2022, I... Read More
From the Wikipedia article on Mona Simpson: Homer Simpson's long-lost mother is named after novelist Mona Simpson, the long-lost biological sister of Steve Jobs. Jobs was given up for adoption by their biological parents, who later married and had Mona. The siblings first met when they were in their 20s; they became close, much closer... Read More
For Peace Prize punters, here are the latest odds fr0m For some reason, I don't see Clock Boy's name on the Peace Prize list, although I had him down as a sure bet for the Physics Nobel for inventing Time, so what do I know? Dr. Mukwege sounds like he'd be a worthy winner.... Read More
From the Wall Street Journal: Was I the only reviewer in the world who wasn't totally wowed by Kahneman's laborious documentation that people can be tricked? Prof. Kahneman agrees. “It’s a manual to systematic thinking in the real world,” he told me. “This book shows that under the right conditions regular people are capable of... Read More
The Paris Review has an excerpt from the upcoming English translation of Michel Houellebecq’s novel about an Islamic takeover of France, Submission. Here's an excerpt from the excerpt: The academic study of literature leads basically nowhere, as we all know, unless you happen to be an especially gifted student, in which case it prepares you... Read More
From my new book review in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there. Here's a picture of Park Slope in the 1970 Hal Ashby movie The Landlord starring Beau Bridges, shot when Quinn was about 11:
The historian of Stalin's Great Terror and poet, friend of Kingsley Amis and Philip Larkin, was 98. Isegoria lists these as Conquest's three laws of politics: - Everyone is conservative about what he knows best. - Any organization not explicitly right-wing sooner or later becomes left-wing. - The simplest way to explain the behavior of... Read More
Ed West has a new 37-page E-booklet out for 98 pence sterling:
A friend explains why Ta-Nehisi Coates flounders rhetorically as "the new James Baldwin." Coates was raised an atheist by his 1960s black radical parents (his father was a Black Panther for awhile). So he grew up with a lot of crackpot Afrocentrist books around the house, which aren't as sturdy a source for a style... Read More
From my new book review in Taki's Magazine of the bestseller Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates: The First Rule of White Club "I have found that, in the African-American oral tradition, if the words are enunciated eloquently enough, no one examines the meaning for definitive truth." —Biracial novelist Mat Johnson, Loving Day,... Read More
From Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there.
In the Claremont Review of Books, Michael Anton discusses female characters in Tom Wolfe's books from the perspective of F. Roger Devlin's subversive thinking: Woman in Full By: Michael Anton Posted: May 29, 2015 ... Wolfe tells unwelcome truths about race, multiculturalism, modern art, masculinity, and much else. At least these get noticed. His heterodox... Read More
With the African population explosion attempting to pour into Europe via leaky boats in the Mediterranean, it's worth considering a classic passage from the annals of English literature on the difficulties of promoting family planning in Africa. Evelyn Waugh's 1932 comic novel Black Mischief fictionalizes his visit to Ethiopia in 1930 to see the coronation... Read More
From my book review in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there.
From my review of Thomas Piketty in Taki's Magazine: One of the surprises in Thomas Piketty’s best seller Capital in the Twenty-First Century is how grating the Frenchman’s prose style turns out to be. Granted, Piketty has valid reasons for being perpetually outraged at his fellow economists’ ignorance and cupidity. ... So Piketty’s peevishness is... Read More
My review of Nicholas Wade's book A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History is up at Taki's Magazine.   
From my column in Taki's Magazine, a review of Gregory Clark's new book on surnames and social mobility:Read the whole thing there.
Here's my favorite use of the word "Tartar" in English literature. From Evelyn Waugh's first novel Decline and Fall about Paul Pennyfeather's first job as a teacher at the Llanabba Castle boarding school.     Dr. Fagan, the snobbish headmaster, later explains that the reason he's so prejudiced agains
From my new column "World War 3" in Taki's Magazine:Read the whole thing there.I hadn't consciously been aware that Max Brooks was so influenced by Sir John's book, but it all mad
Next spring, the New York Times' genetics correspondent Nicholas Wade will publish:Inconveniently, as Nicholas Wade argues in A Troublesome Inheritance, the consensus view cannot be right. And in fact, we know that populations have changed in the past few thousand years—to be lactose tolerant, for example, and to survive at high altitudes. Race is not... Read More
My new column in Taki's Magazine:Read the whole thing there.This isn't hugely topical, but it seems like a fairly interesting historical link that has been lost.
Baseball statistician Bill James popularized the notion of a career arc for a baseball player, which showed that teams had to discipline themselves not to overpay for famous free agents: you shouldn't be offering a five year contract to a 31 year old that's based on  assuming he'll perform as well as he had over... Read More
Nassim Taleb, author of Fooled by Randomness and The Black Swan, criticizes Steven Pinker's book on the decline in violence, The Better Angels of Our Nature, in a short essay called The "Long Peace" Is a Statistical Illusion. Pinker answers in Fooled by Belligerence.To my mind, the scariest precedent isn't World War One, it's the American Civil War.... Read More
Neil Young has an autobiography out, which I haven't read. I reviewed a massive biography of the rock star a decade ago for the first issue of The American Conservative (happy 10th anniversary), so I'll just repeat my diagnosis of the self-confident singer:The biographer I read was still shaking his head over how Young had... Read More
From my book review in Taki's Magazine:Read the whole thing there.
Philip Roth's recent screed about his novel The Human Stain not have anything at all to do with his literary booster Anatole Broyard (1920-1990), whose passing from black to white Roth hadn't heard about until first meeting him in 1958, inspired Paleo Retiree (formerly Michael Blowhard) at his new group blog Uncouth Reflections to recall that... Read More
From my new column in Taki's Magazine:Read the whole thing there.Are there any celebrities since Broyard who are now known to have passed for career purposes?I'm thinking of "passed
In the New York Times, veteran White House reporter Jodi Kantor dogwhistles desperately about the President's psyche: Four years ago, Barack Obama seemed as if he might be a deliberate professor of a leader, maybe with a touch of Hawaiian mellowness. He has also turned out to be a voraciously competitive perfectionist. Aides and friends say so... Read More
Here are the words in John Updike's 1978 novel The Coup with which William F. Buckley was unfamiliar, according to WFB's December 14, 1978 column in which he passed "the sesquipedalian torch" to Updike:Thanks to James Fulford of for finding this column for me.In case you are keeping score at home, "disphoretic" isn't a... Read More
In, I have a long review of famed biographer David Maraniss's gigantic, obsessively researched book on Barack Obama's early years. It is supposed to be a pro-Obama book, but ...Got that? The future Nobel Peace Prize laureate was among the most respected dudes in the Bong Brothers. Granted, Barry was not the glue
Here's an interesting bit of science fiction literary history: Robert A. Heinlein's 17-page critique of the first draft of The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle (pp. 15-31 of this PDF). Heinlein tells them it's the best first-contact-with-aliens story ever, but nobody's going to read it unless they replace their original title... Read More
Perhaps my favorite novel is Evelyn Waugh's 1938 journalism satire Scoop, and my favorite stretch of prose might be Scoop's serene and cheerful description of the Republic of Ishmaelia (mostly Ethiopia, with a dash of Liberia):Various courageous Europeans, in the seventies of the last century, came to Ishmaelia, or near it, furnished with suitable equipment of... Read More
Richard Wagner's four opera cycle The Ring of the Nibelung was even more influential in the later 1800s and early 1900s than J.R.R. Tolkien's three volume The Lord of the Rings and its tremendous film adaptation were a century later. But, Tolkien always pooh-poohed Wagner's influence on him: “Both rings are round and there the resemblance... Read More
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Steve Sailer is a journalist, movie critic for Taki's Magazine, columnist, and founder of the Human Biodiversity discussion group for top scientists and public intellectuals.

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