Crunchy-Cons

After the human waste and material destruction of WWII, Russell Kirk and Richard Weaver sallied forth with a political and moral traditionalism (an “anti-ideology”, in Kirk’s phrase) grounded in literary

Porn Losers

A few years ago I was sitting in a smoky bar with Maria, my hairdresser of the moment. She was this tall, chic, fresh-faced brunette from Michigan who had just

Man of Godlessness

Man of Godlessness

‘Unlike Jerry Falwell and the others, I don’t think I’m the only source of wisdom out there,’ says Reverend Barry Lynn. ‘I don’t think it’s my obligation to pop off about my religious views.’

Spark of Genius

For much of the last year, I have been immersed in the novels of Muriel Spark. It’s had the effect of making me feel not quite myself. Spark would probably

Fiction: Rialto’s Women

The music playing-what is it called? It’s called chill, not cold not warm but chill, soft beats and harmless melodies. Lounge music. God, it’s loud. “I’m going to get my

Those terrible ‘toons

It’s hard to talk about the ongoing flap over the Danish political cartoons without feeling a sense of irony. Here you have a handful of drawings making the argument (clumsily

The top ten reasons to cut corporate welfare

The federal budget is too big. It’s way too big. George W. Bush has called for total spending this year of $2.47 trillion. Here’s why corporate welfare should be the first thing on the chopping block.