Culture

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.’

What Richard Hanania Gets Wrong About Shakespeare

An infinite monkey theorem doesn’t come close to explaining literary greatness.

A Defense Strategy Against ‘The Identity Trap’

Yascha Mounk’s new book explains how ‘wokeness’ hurts our culture, but omits how markets can help fight back.

The Irrepressible Freshness of Robert Frost

Revisiting ‘New Hampshire’ on its 100th anniversary.

The Plight of the NFL Running Back

They want to be compensated for playing the most brutal position in their sport, but front offices see them as expendable.

Reflections on Hispanic Heritage (Month)

Hispanic and American identities are woven, not weighed, against each other.

The End of the Writers’ Strike, Explained

What a new agreement means for Hollywood and AI.

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.