The Careful Man's Peachy Punch

In my review of Kingsley Amis’s Everyday Drinking for the Washington Times, I reference ‘The Careful Man’s Peachy Punch.’ For those intrepid enough to read me both at the Times

The Tragic Irony of Thomas Frank

Unaware of my existence and identity as Thomas Frank appears to be, how could he have known, before clicking SEND on his silly piece in today’s Wall Street Journal, that

What's the Matter with Frank?

So there I was, reading the Wall Street Journal, and what do I see? Thomas Frank attacking AFF, the organization that so kindly pays me to write this humble weblog,

The Race Is Over…

…but only because the media says that it’s over. Here’s the thing about Obama’s much-vaunted majority of the pledged delegates: it means bupkus. There is a certain symbolism, I suppose,

The Right's Hero Problem

By way of Jonathan Last’s and Victorino Matus’ commentaries on Star Wars and Indiana Jones, Sonny raises a pop culture problem with profound implications for right-leaning political philosophy: [Last] argued

Does Bob Barr Need an Intervention?

Having recently cast aspersions on his attitude toward constitutional law, I now take up the challenge of defending Barr against John Tabin, who was at the Libertarian debate hosted by


This paragraph in Richard Cohen’s column today on why Hillary hasn’t dropped out puzzled me a little bit: In the end, no one begrudges a bitter-ender. Robert E. Lee is

Buy The Book

Philip Rieff is the greatest social thinker you’ve never heard of. The second volume of his posthumous and mindbending three-volume opus, Sacred Order/Social Order, has hit shelves (there is a

The Case for Empire, Redux

In the early days of The Weekly Standard online, Jonathan V. Last wrote a very controversial piece entitled The Case for Empire. In it, he argued that viewers were cheering

Japanese Cinema

James picks his favorite (and least favorite) Japanese film over at The American Scene. I think his choice of Battle Royale is a great one, though you can’t go wrong