Culture

See You Next Time, ‘Better Call Saul’

Forgotten by the Emmys, here’s why Vince Gilligan’s show should be remembered.

Heavy Is the Head

Eliot Cohen’s ‘The Hollow Crown’ intertwines Shakespearean insights with the history of statesmen, past and present.

What Conservatives Can Learn from MLK’s Economic Views

His support for left-wing views didn’t arise in a vacuum—and it was highly controversial among black pioneers, too.

How ‘American Fiction’ Satirizes Wokeness

A thoughtful new comedy skewers progressive pieties around race.

It’s Nietzsche’s World, You’re Just Living In It

Even if you don’t realize it.

Pretend It’s a University

On the past and future of higher education.

Healing a Nation, One Relationship at a Time

David Brooks’ ‘How to Know a Person’ offers a granular approach to national unity.

The Artist, ‘The Boy and the Heron’

Hayao Miyazaki’s latest film reflects on grief and the value of art.

A Random Walk Through My Mind

Freud, the narcissism of small differences, and antisemitism.

At the Crossroads

As the calendar turns to 2024, which way will you go?

New Year’s Kiss-Off

Count me out of the countdown to 2024.

The Dispatch’s Best of 2023

The culture and content we enjoyed the most this year.

Is the Cure to Male Loneliness … ‘Her’?

Spike Jonze’s AI romance remains a timely meditation on the wonders of and obstacles to intimacy.

A Great Year for Free Market Capitalism in Film

Five movies that captured the thrill and agony of markets, dynamism, risk, and competition.

The Beckoning of Christmas ‘Time’

From the Old Testament to ‘A Christmas Carol,’ ebenezers past and present offer a richer notion of time.

Elf at 20

The modern Christmas classic still delivers humor for all ages.