Culture

How ‘The Sting’ Still Pulls Off Its Big Con

Fifty years after its release, the classic caper film showcases the best of Old and New Hollywood alike.

The Argument of Two Italians Over Science and the Senses

Galileo and Thomas Aquinas show two views of how humans come to know the cosmos.

A Worship Album for the Doubter

Rend Collective’s Chris Llewellyn dives into suffering, church failures, and politics in his first solo record.

To Thine Own Self Be True

Tara Isabella Burton’s new book ‘Self-Made’ surveys the grand, and sometimes ridiculous, history of how crafting identities shaped our modern world.

‘The Chosen’ Is ‘Message’ Entertainment Done Right

Plus: The New Mexico’s governor’s shameful whiff on fighting crime.

Catastrophizing the Classroom

Cara Fitzpatrick’s ‘The Death of Public School’ overblows public education’s demise—and wrongly goes after school choice.

What ‘Painkiller’ Omits About the Opioid Crisis

Netflix’s OxyContin series offers a comic-book version of a complex story.

Russell Moore’s Diagnosis of Evangelical America

A review of ‘Losing Our Religion.’

MLK and the Content of Character

Reflecting on Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous words on the 60th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington.

Retconning Capitalism

Sohrab Ahmari’s critiques of free markets in ‘Tyranny, Inc.’ conflate private power with state-backed coercion.

What ‘Rich Men North of Richmond’ Gets Right

The song’s admittedly uncomplicated narrative reflects the nation’s rural-urban divide.

An Essayist’s Defense of the Novel

Joseph Epstein’s new book explains why serious fiction matters, and what we’ll lose if we stop reading it.

The Two Types of Congressional Conflict

Philip Wallach’s new book, ‘Why Congress,’ shows the first branch craves performance. Could conflict nudge it toward compromise?

‘Love of Home’ Environmentalism

Better climate policy begins with awe for America’s natural heritage.

Myopic ‘Barbie’

Greta Gerwig’s film culminates in a narrow vision of womanhood.

Staying Safe: Try That in a Small Town

The crime rate in an undersized municipality often isn’t what most expect.