Digging In by Jay Nordlinger


About the Book:

This volume contains something for everyone — regardless of tastes, interests, or politics. If you don’t find something you like … well, you will.

Digging In opens with a section on people. You meet an unassuming oilman, who is a modern-day Horatio Alger story. You meet a hundred-year-old Austrian, who survived four concentration camps. You meet a prima ballerina. And a phenomenally brave escapee from North Korea. And others.

In a section on American places and happenings, you can go to explosives camp. There, they learn to make things go boom. In a different section, you can travel farther south, to visit a “unicorn of a university” in Guatemala. Seeing is believing.

There are essays on any number of subjects: Obama and golf; the fate of the Gideon Bible; the “overamplification of American life.” (Why is everything so loud?)

You have a special section on language, taking up such questions as, “When do you use a first name?” That can be a very touchy question. And, “How do you keep up with politically acceptable terms? Should you?” Those are touchy ones, too.

Digging In ends with a suite of music pieces, where you’ll meet important  composers, and sing Christmas carols — and have a tête-à-tête with a prima donna at the Champagne Bar of the Plaza Hotel, a few blocks from Carnegie Hall.

Life is interesting, sometimes all too. Jay Nordlinger has investigated a fair amount of it. His book is a rich table. Dig in.

About the Author:

Jay Nordlinger is a senior editor of National Review and a fellow of the National Review Institute. He writes about a variety of subjects, including politics, foreign affairs, and the arts. He is music critic for The New Criterion. Since 2002, he has hosted a series of public interviews at the Salzburg Festival. For the National Review website, he writes a column called “Impromptus.” With Mona Charen, he hosts the Need to Know podcast, and he also hosts a podcast called “Q&A.” In 2011, he filmed The Human Parade, with Jay Nordlinger, a TV series bringing hour-long interviews with various personalities. He is the author of Peace, They Say (2012), which is a history of the Nobel Peace Prize, and Children of Monsters (2015), which is a study of sons and daughters of dictators. Some 100 pieces are gathered in Here, There & Everywhere: Collected Writings of Jay Nordlinger. Still more are collected in the latest book, Digging In. A native Michigander, Nordlinger lives in New York.

What Others Are Saying:

“Few writers have Jay Nordlinger’s range. A handful write with his verve. A very small number know as much. But only Jay Nordlinger can do it all. In this volume he does.”
—William Kristol, editor, The Weekly Standard

“Jay Nordlinger’s range of topics and territory is astonishing; he takes his grateful readers to places they will never go to converse with people they can only dream of meeting. Nordlinger’s abiding themes are courage in the fight against tyranny and daring in the creation of new human enterprises. He approaches his interview subjects with a freshness and innocence that can only come from a deep worldliness. If the cultural changes he so astutely chronicles are not always for the better, Nordlinger’s wise and witty commentary will leave the reader feeling reassured that there is at least one voice out there speaking eloquently on behalf of common sense and America’s legacy of freedom.”
—Heather Mac Donald, Manhattan Institute fellow and author of The War on Cops

“Run—don’t walk—to your closest Internet device and order Jay Nordlinger’s charming, informative, witty, and wise collection of essays and asides on . . . well, on just about everything. This is classic Nordlinger: sublimely well informed, quietly cosmopolitan, endlessly curious. Dipping into this book is like slicing into the Zeitgeist: bracing, a little awe-inspiring, exquisitely memorable.”
—Roger Kimball, editor and publisher, The New Criterion

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