Bill Reagan
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William Reagan is a freelance advertising copywriter specializing in compressing large concepts into short sentences. He enjoys observing the American political system in the same way voyeurs stare at car wrecks on the side of the highway, less concerned with who was involved than with the particulars of how it happened. (It's best not to drive behind him during an election year.) He squirrels away his literary acorns at

Columns // 34 Articles
Reviews // 6 Articles
Blogs // 1 Articles

So You Think You Can Govern? The Much-Needed Political Equivalent of 'So You Think You Can Dance' | 21 Jun 2011 // 5:00 PM

What reality television has done for prime time programming it can also do for presidential politics.

Martyrdom and the Marketing of the Afterlife | 18 Apr 2011 // 4:59 PM

Considering the Afterlife as an eternal baseball game illuminates why 72 virgins might not be the ideal final reward.


An Uncommon History of Common Things by Bethanne Patrick and John Thompson | 29 Mar 2010 // 4:58 PM

Thanks to this book, a friend greeted me with an earnest handshake, and I remarked that the handshake developed in England several hundred years ago as a means for people to demonstrate that they were not holding weapons.

The Routledge Dictionary of Modern American Slang and Unconventional English | 19 Jul 2009 // 4:59 PM

"Slang is the language that takes off its coat, spits on its hands, and goes to work," says Carol Sandburg.


Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing | 16 Dec 2009 // 5:00 AM

Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing - Holt [$14.00]

//Mixed media

NYFF 2017: 'Mudbound'

// Notes from the Road

"Dee Rees’ churning and melodramatic epic follows two families in 1940s Mississippi, one black and one white, and the wars they fight abroad and at home.

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