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The Byron Trilogy by Benjamin Markovits, one of Granta Magazine’s just announced twenty Best Young British Novelists, is comprised of the novels: Imposture (2007), A Quiet Adjustment (2008), and Childish Loves (2011).

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The Democrats’ insistence on pandering to political categories is a dead end for the country. Rather than spinning their own Rubik’s Cube of race, gender and ethnicity, Republicans should start growing their share of the electorate by doing a better job of telling people how to succeed in the American melting pot, a wonderful organizing idea now mocked as a “myth” by progressive Democrats.

No one can beat the Democrats at the politics of social division. Instead, the GOP should tell prospective voters that no matter what their country of origin or happenstance of birth, their success in the U.S. will depend less on celebrating their assigned category than on supporting political policies that expand economic opportunity. A Republican Party that fails to tell that story in a way anyone can grasp is a party that will never escape the box the other side dropped it into on Nov. 7.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Anyone who has been in a bad marriage knows that its defining characteristic is the unspeakable loneliness in which one feels shrouded, a sense of isolation amplified by not being alone.

Source: The New York Times

I make the point that this is happening, and even if it’s happening to people you don’t like, it’s a fundamental violation of what the university means," says Mr. Lukianoff. "Free speech is about protecting minority rights. Free speech is about admitting you don’t know everything. Free speech is about protecting oddballs. It means protecting dissenters.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

In every genuinely diverse community I’ve ever lived in, freedom of speech had to be the rule… . I find it deeply ironic that on college campuses diversity is used as an argument against unbridled freedom of speech.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

And as Andrew Breitbart often reminded us, the most important battles must be cultural ones, because culture and media inevitably shape the political choices we make together.

Source: breitbart.com

The irony is that modern American liberalism has become a movement grounded less in practical politics than a sort of religious fervor—and often requiring the same strong faith in the face of disappointment and failure. The difference, of course, is that while religions often promise to deliver in the next world, government is supposed to do it in this one.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Fortunately, the truth about American exceptionalism isn’t that we’re the best at everything. It’s that we’re a nation founded on a belief in human liberty, which contains within it both the power to do and undo. Whatever is done this election day can be undone; the consolation to the loser is a warning to the winner. Who can’t but be grateful, to live in a country like this?

Source: The Wall Street Journal

I read somewhere that Mitt and I have a ‘storybook marriage.’ Well, in the storybooks I read, there were never long, long, rainy winter afternoons in a house with five boys screaming at once. And those storybooks never seemed to have chapters called MS [multiple sclerosis] or Breast Cancer. A storybook marriage? No, not at all. What Mitt Romney and I have is a real marriage.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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