Culture

‘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.

Duty and Belief

A look back at ‘Saving Private Ryan’ on the 25th anniversary of its release.

The Incoherence of Illegitimacy

Michael Waldman’s ‘The Supermajority’ doubles down on caricatures of the Supreme Court.

Aliens and Episcopalians

Wes Anderson’s latest film tackles questions of faith and meaning.

Olivia Rodrigo’s Mainstream Nostalgia

Why are her songs about teenagers falling out of love and not being able to parallel park captivating?