An Evening with Jay Nordlinger Senior Editor of National Review

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AFA Presents
An Evening with Jay Nordlinger

Senior Editor of National Review, Fellow of National Review Institute

Thursday, April 13
Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel

Something that always strikes me at American Freedom Alliance events is how curious, informed, eager and engaged our members are.  Our interests are hugely varied, and we always want to know… more. Jay Nordlinger, whom many of us know from National Review, also has extremely wide-ranging interests and his new book, Digging In: Further Collected Writings, reflects those interests.You can read the book’s preface here.

In addition to the eclectic nature of the book, it is also a celebration of Western Civilization, that collection of values and cultural touchstones that is under assault by the Left which seeks, in all that they do, to elevate the profane and destroy all that is good and worthy and beautiful; their constant rejection even of the notion of values is one of the most pernicious means by which they seek to tear us down.  But thankfully, Jay Nordlinger’s book, while not overtly political, gives us cause for celebration and praise of what is good, beautiful and simply real about our world.  For that reason, it is hugely refreshing, a joyous exploration with a hopeful vision.

We hope you join us for an evening of great stories and conversation.


Registration and Hors d’Oeuvres Reception at 6:30 PM
Program begins at 7:30 PM with book signing to follow.BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE



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?); and countless other topics.

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

 What they’ve said about the book:


“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“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.”
– Heather Mac Donald, Manhattan Institute Fellow and author of The War on Cops“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

 About Jay Nordlinger:

                           James Rosen

Jay Nordlinger is a Senior Editor of National Review and a Fellow of the National Review Institute. He is also the music critic of The New Criterion. His first collection was published in 2007: Here, There & Everywhere. He is also the author of Peace, They Say: A History of the Nobel Peace Prize, the Most Famous and Controversial Prize in the World, and Children of Monsters: An Inquiry into the Sons and Daughters of Dictators. A native of Michigan, Nordlinger has long lived in New York.

AFA’s Lectures are great opportunities to meet others with the same concerns, intellectual curiosity and hunger for informed and stimulating conversation, not to mention the chance to meet brilliant authors like Jay Nordlinger.  We hope you join us for an engaging evening, as well as hors d’oeuvres and refreshments.
The National Review Institute was founded by William F. Buckley Jr. in 1991, 36 years after he founded National Review  magazine. The Institute is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), charitable organization, established to complement its sister organization, National Review, by engaging in policy development, public education, and to advance the conservative principles Mr. Buckley championed.  EIN #13-13649537

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