December 13, 2018

Maybe there actually is a genuinely post-Christian future for the West.

Hundreds of druids, pagans and revelers gather at the Avebury Neolithic henge monument during the summer solstice.

Here are some generally agreed-upon facts about religious trends in the United State...

In this nearly magical room, amid fire-crackle and clink of glass, you can hear them talking. Pipe smoke is in the air, and a certain boisterous chauvinism, and the wet-dog smell of recently rained-on tweed. You can hear the donnish mumbles of J. R. R. Tolkien as the s...

March 21, 2018

from WORLD magazine https://world.wng.org/2009/06/art_for_youths_sake

The pianist Glenn Gould once began an interview with Leopold Stokowski by asking the then-87-year-old conductor to imagine a planet populated by "highly developed beings who . . . have achieved a stat...

August 21, 2017

...Or at least their ideas. The former music critic of TIME Magazine, on ideologies old and not-so-old.

 I had thought Jennifer Roback Morse was getting to the heart of the matter when she pivoted to a focus on the victims of the Sexual Revolution. Her undoubtedly corre...

June 19, 2017

Today's comic moment:

April 5, 2017

The plot of Exercises in Style is simple: a man gets into an argument with another passenger on a bus. However, this anecdote is told 99 more times, each in a radically different style, as a sonnet, an opera, in slang, and with many more permutations. This virtuoso set...

April 1, 2017

I liked "Lego Batman." A lot. A fact that probably says too much about me. It was a welcome reprieve from the steady flow of social commentary movies. And a perfect example of how convergent media is turning cultural conventions inside-out and into digital pretzels pre...

March 29, 2017

If you listen to some Catholic converts, you'd think Evelyn Waugh is to literature what fashionistas think Tom Ford is to fashion. But that may involve a bit of a case of Downton Abby envy. Consider publisher Frank Sheed's reaction upon reading Brideshead Revisite...

March 29, 2017

The improbable and true story of how Al Sharpton, Cornel West, Marion Barry’s wife, and Tucker Carlson (yes, that Tucker Carlson) flew to Liberia to negotiate a ceasefire in the midst of a civil war. Written by Carlson for Esquire Magazine 2003, and featured in the Ame...

February 26, 2017

April 25, 2007 • These days, reporters regularly gather to bemoan the demise of old journalism and the rise of blogs. Future historians will peg Monday's death of David Halberstam, 73, in a California car crash, as a signpost of the old era's end.

Halberstam was the fir...

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