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January 19, 2015


So shall we in the rout of life
Some thought, some faith, some meaning save,
And speak it once before we go
In silence to the silent grave.
                    — George Orwell

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Note:  Radio Derb is on the air! The February 17th podcast is available at VDARE.com and on iTunes. The transcript will be archived here on the evening of Wednesday, February 22nd.
Note:  As of Fall 2015 my sole outlet for podcasts and written online commentary is VDARE.com. The Radio Derb podcast is here, written online commentary here.

VDARE classifies commentary as either blog posts or full-dress articles. My articles are mostly distilled by the VDARE editors from Radio Derb transcripts, then cross-posted at the Unz Review.

Reviews and commentary in print outlets are notified to Twitter and my "last 3 months" page, then archived in full (after a decent interval) at my "Reviews" or "Opinions" pages.


I am a writer — novelist, pop-math author, reviewer, and opinion journalist — living on Long Island, New York.

This is my home page. I have archived the content of most of my written work (other than published books) on this website, so that you can get an idea of its scope and quality.

I live entirely, and somewhat precariously, by the pen, and am shameless about accepting donations. If something here gave you reading or listening pleasure, by all means help bolster my family finances. Thank you! You can donate directly using the PayPal button below; or if you want to make a tax-deductible donation, you can do so via VDARE.com.

Commentary columns, articles, and reviews are all notified to Twitter as they appear, and are also posted to an RSS feed. Click on the appropriate button at the top of this page.

You can subscribe to the RSS feed using Feedly, The Old Reader, NewsBlur, or one of the many similar services (though you don't have to subscribe in order to read the pieces). The Reader will alert you when I post anything new. To subscribe, just click on the orange RSS button at the top of this page, then copy'n'paste the feed's URL (that's the thing beginning "http://…") into the Reader's subscription box; or if the Reader makes it even easier than that for you to subscribe, follow their instructions.

This link takes you to an ad hoc web page I put up — a sort of blog — dealing with the events of mid-April, 2012, which attracted a lot of notice and which people still ask me about.

The "Last 3 months" link in the navigation box brings up links to all my published columns, articles, and reviews for the past three months.

Other pages accessible from here via the navigation box offer readings of poetry and prose, interviews I have done at various times, an album of family pictures from our marriage onwards, a "virtual attic" of memorabilia and photographs from my own and my family's histories, and any kinds of notes or oddities I feel like storing on my website under "Miscellaneous."

To get in touch with me, please use the email address scrawled (in hopes of foxing the spambots) next to my mugshot at the left here.

Below the line I have put a handful of links to commonly requested pages.

[Note on finding an article you dimly remember :   If you dimly remember reading an article of mine and want to find it in these pages, just go to Google Advanced Search, enter "www.johnderbyshire.com" into the "Search within a site or domain" box at the bottom, and put key words or phrases in the search box(es). If that doesn't do the trick, you may be thinking of something I posted on National Review Online's group blog, The Corner. Corner posts didn't get archived here, and NRO only archives them for a short time back, so you are most likely out of luck; but try Google Advanced Search with search website "www.nationalreview.com/corner."]
[Note on Chinese characters :   There are some Chinese characters here and there in the following pages. You should see a row of Chinese characters here:  一排空方格.  If instead you saw a row of little hollow squares, you are probably using some unfriendly configuration of Microsoft Explorer as your browser. The following thing worked in version 7 of IE: Go to "Tools … Compatibility View Settings," and add johnderbyshire.com to the box. Then "Tools"  again and just click on "Compatibility View," so that it's ticked. If that fails you'll have to install Chinese from "Control Panel … Languages," and you'll need your system disk. Why does Microsoft Corp. make our lives so difficult? Don't ask me.]


  Reader favorites and common enquiries:

• The blog for  WAD    We Are Doomed.           • The blog for  PO    Prime Obsession
• That Bruce Lee movie • My rendition of the Riemann Hypothesis song
• How to build a tree house • 2001 China Diary
• A Message to the Youth of America                     
• Brainteaser solutions • Radio Derb transcripts
• Adventures in Lit. Crit. • The Sacramento Tales
• La Route est Dure • The Crusaders
• Family history • My curriculum vitae
• Funny foreigners • The Book of Love
• Faith FAQ • Wrestling, Not Dancing
• The National Question: Race, Ethnicity, and Identity in the 21st Century.                     
• Stereotypes Aren't So Bad • The Lost Eden of Robert A. Heinlein
• Paul Scott's Raj Quartet • Linguistically Challenged
• Hazlitt's Philocaption • Talking to the Plumber
• Yes, Un-Deedy • The Single Talent Well Employed
• Onomastic Diversity • Book Report
• The Solipsism of John Edgar Wideman • White People Are Pussies