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September 2020


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
The faintest of all human passions is the love of truth.
                    — A.E. Housman
The ordinary modes of human thinking are magical, religious, social, and personal. We want our wishes to come true; we want the universe to care about us; we want the approval of those around us; we want to get even with that s.o.b who insulted us at the last tribal council. For most people, wanting to know the cold truth about the world is way, way down the list.
                    — John Derbyshire

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Note:  Radio Derb is on the air! The July 12th podcast is available at VDARE.com. The transcript will be archived here on the evening of Wednesday, July 24th.

The situation with Apple apps — Apple's app Store, Apple Music, Apple Podcasts — is up in the air. They seem to be trying to deplatform us, but not very energetically or consistently. We haven't given up and will do anything we can think of, technically and legally, to preserve access to these popular outlets. Bear with us, please, while we try to sort things out.
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. The main exception is my monthly diaries. They are not distilled; you get them direct from my keyboard (although VDARE editors may correct errors).

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 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 by snail mail to me at P.O. Box 703, Huntington, NY 11743; or if you want to make a tax-deductible donation, you can do so via VDARE.com. I can receive Bitcoin at address 32SUgLA5k8XAqmVAqsSbs6GPsCnLypDce8. For transfers via Zelle, use the email address scawled vertically next to my mugshots at above left.

Commentary columns, articles, and reviews are all notified to Twitter as they appear: Click on the Twitter button at the top of this page.

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."]


  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 • A Message to the Youth of America
• 2001 China Diary • 2019 China Diary
• What's Wrong with China?                     
• Brainteaser solutions • Radio Derb transcripts
• Adventures in Lit. Crit. • The Sacramento Tales
• La Route est Dure • The Crusaders
• Chasing Down the Ghost in the Machine                     
• 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
• The Goulash Archipelago • Radio Derb 3/24/17
• Race Realism Has a Past. Does Race Denialism Have a Future?                     
• Monthly Diary: June 2019 • The De-rehabilitation of Charles Murray
• Is Jim Snow worse than Jim Crow? • Dismantling the meritocracy
• Psychiatry is a Pseudoscience. • Is civilization better than barbarism?