Culture

See You Next Time, ‘Better Call Saul’

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

Is the Cure to Male Loneliness … ‘Her’?

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

Living Well at the End of Western Civilization

Nora Ephron’s ‘You’ve Got Mail’ explored the dawn of the internet age with a counterrevolutionary bent.

The Privileged Few

‘The Holdovers’ shows that privilege is real but that the divisions it creates are not insurmountable.

The Perils of a Culture of Critique

Moral relativism not only obfuscates right from wrong—it’s unable to respond to today’s radical ideologies.

Smells Like Teen Solitude

Smartphone and parenting trends have pushed off major life milestones.

‘The Conservative Mind’ at 70

A rising generation can still look to Russell Kirk’s classic for real inspiration.

A Disappointing ‘Frasier’ Reboot

The revival of the 1990s classic sitcom offers no justification for its own existence.

Reflections on a Brain-Melting Masterpiece

Jorge Luis Borges’ 1940 short story mirrors the intrusiveness of identity politics.

This Veterans Day, Strike Up a Conversation

Meaningful dialogue begins with everyday interactions.

The Devolution of Idealism

Israel provides an opportune face of evil for activists looking for a symbol of power, oppression, and colonialism.

The Balance of Tragedy and History in ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’

Martin Scorsese’s latest is a model of nuanced adaptation that reckons honestly with America’s past.

How ‘The Exorcist’ Took the Sacred Seriously

A look back at William Friedkin’s 1973 film.

The Four Myths of the American Dream

David Leonhardt’s ‘Ours Was the Shining Future’ downplays the promises and possibilities of life in America.

What Explains America’s Marriage Downturn?

Cultural, legal, and economic changes have made it less central to daily life—and that’s a problem.

In Defense of Cold War Liberalism

A review of Samuel Moyn’s ‘Liberalism Against Itself.’