Some Catholic politicians stray from Church teaching, but still expect their faith to enhance their electoral appeal. Will the clergy take them to task?
You Are The Quarry, pop icon Morrissey’s first new album in seven years, is a triumphant return for the singer–even if it is a bit lopsided.
Evelyn Waugh’s Vile Bodies hits the big screen, and his Bright Young Things are still missing their souls.
Aspiring writers once wanted to become literary greats like James Joyce or William Faulkner. Now they want to become screenwriters like Charlie Kaufman or Joe Eszterhas.
An admiring, but non-liberal, fan of The West Wing wonders: How do we go about electing such a perfect president?
A comic book crusader argues that the genre is a literature of ethics that can help answer life’s big questions.
A German atheist wonders, why all the controversy surrounding Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ?
A review of the Passion of the Christ from a Christian perspective.
Modern women (and modern science) are changing the time-honored traditions of the engagement ring.
Is Ayn Rand’s classic, Atlas Shrugged, founded on the use of traditional Christian apocalyptic archetypes?
A critical reevaluation of Reason magazine’s “35 Heroes of Freedom,” which were announced last month.
A college colleague of Steven Glass’ reviews the new movie Shattered Glass and examines what it doesn’t tell us about the liberal media.
The holidays might have taken a tastelessly consumerist turn a long time ago, but thoughtful gift-giving is still part of a a traditional Christmas.
It also attempts to unify freedom-loving people in intelligent dissent. However, while the work as a whole is thought-provoking and informative, the alienating rhetoric of several authors and the occasional redundancy of their topics ultimately undermine both the work’s efficacy and legitimacy.
To celebrate the Pope, all thoughtful people who believe in freedom, individual rights or the value of life, ought to consider John Paul II’s teachings on the value of life.
Loving the rise of the chain bookstore is part of the free market bible, but one can’t help but feel uneasy about their attitude towards book culture.
HBO’s K Street is doing the impossible: lowering the already abysmal dignity of the political class.
The End of Democracy? ends as both a discussion of judicial usurpation and an analysis of the dynamics of controversy and of the conservative movement.
Are biographies becoming the gossip magazines of a new intellectually pretentious culture?
A carnivorous jaunt through Argentina proves that not just the good food, but its celebrated culture of meat eating, that makes the country great.
Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy By Matthew Scully St. Martin’s Press, 434 pages $27.95 < p> The Abuse of Man < p> By Karina Rollins < p> God bless Matthew Scully: He has provided the seemingly non-existent middle ground between the PETA crazies (this dog isn’t [...]
Every once in a while there will be a news story–usually an innocuous one that nobody pays attention to–that makes me think, “That’s it, that’s the paradigm for trouble.” Today’s paradigm comes as a two-wheeled gyroscope-balanced invention for humans of the future: The Segway Human Transporter. The Segway was making headlines long before the public [...]
Last year the low-budget film “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” netted $249 million at the domestic box office. According to Hollywood business analysts, an audience largely composed of people who don’t usually go to the movies generated the film’s remarkable success. < p> “Wedding” tapped into a market segment that traditionally showed little interest in [...]
Mr. Damas said he would watch “The Hours” himself. < p> Fortunately, I was able to go under cover of female accompaniment, but I would have ended up seeing it anyway. I view all the Oscar-nominated. Indeed, “The Hours” will take the Academy’s highest honors if one employs the predictive model of Golden Globes results. [...]
Socrates said, “Thou shouldst eat to live, not live to eat.” I say Socrates ended up with Hemlock by misreading the wine list. Anyone who considers food only for the sake of and to the degree that it nourishes ignores one of modern civilization’s greatest achievements: Restaurants. Socrates is forgiven, for food was largely a [...]
The pizza man was coming in from the cold, but he didn’t realize he was walking into an inferno of rage. We had ordered the two pies at the start of the third quarter, and they were just arriving now, after the game had ended. < p>The lateness in itself would not have made me [...]
If you’re a sports junkie, you have to be disappointed in Sunday’s Super Bowl match-up. What should have been a classic, nail-biting thriller between the Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers turned into an embarassing rout. But if you’re a political junkie, you had even more reason to be disappointed with the ouctome. After all, [...]
Does poo have artistic merit? A viewer watching Dingleberries, a series of 15 comic sketches set in a bathroom, may well ask that question. The play, produced by Washington’s Cherry Red Theater Company, is a grab bag: One of the sketches is downright gross, another presents an hilarious parody of Edgar Alan Poe’s “The Raven,” [...]
Nobody wants to criticize someone’s word choice when calamity abounds, which is probably why the word “tragedy” gets abused so much. Of course, in one sense, words mean whatever people use them to mean, and so I can’t argue that “tragic” doesn’t, by now, mean “really, really unfortunate.” But when a word has a specific, [...]
< p>To honor military conquest, the Romans held games, organized ceremonial processions, and built triumphal arches. Today, we have films. To be sure, memorials crowd our capital. As important as these are, however, only film has the capacity both to reach a vast audience and to arouse the emotions most appropriate to the remembrance of [...]
< p>Readers will soon have an opportunity to revisit the talking beasts, mythical creatures, and strange realms of C.S. Lewis’s “The Chronicles of Narnia.” Publisher HarperCollins plans to issue a new series, by contemporary authors, that will be set in Lewis’s fictional universe. < p>While the fairytale trappings will remain, however, Lewis’s efforts to infuse [...]
< p>As a recent graduate of Princeton University, I opened last’s month’s issue of The Atlantic Monthly with a particular curiosity and a touch of dread. I knew that the David Brooks’s cover story, “The Organization Kid,” involved a lengthy discussion of what he discovered at my alma mater when he went in search of [...]
The mapping of the human genome came upon us amidst pronouncements of its incalculable impact on, and potential benefit to, human life. Comparisons to the manned missions to the moon, even the quest for the Holy Grail, were quickly trotted out in an attempt to illustrate the import of the occasion. Thus, Dr. Michael Dexter, [...]
< p>Jim Carrey wasn’t the only Grinch to terrorize us this Christmas season. America’s holiday rituals were besieged by another sort of misanthrope – this one a little less furry, but every bit as green. Unlike Dr. Seuss’ Grinch, however, the environmentalists have yet to learn the error of their ways. < p>Everyone remembers “The [...]
It’s easy for a Republican to get an inferiority complex in Manhattan. When the guy at the desk beside you with the Nader poster is also a published poet who fronts a jazz band at night, it can be hard for a conservative to retain intellectual assurance. Cool sophisticates never show up at the Stupid [...]
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