Matthew Walther

Matthew Walther is assistant editor of The American Spectator. His work has also appeared in the Spectator (London), National Review, the American Conservative, the Weekly Standard, the Daily Beast, the Salisbury Review (where he writes the quarterly “Letter From America” column), First ThingsTouchstoneProspect, Quadrant, the Millions, the Washington Times, and other publications. He lives with his wife, Lydia, in Alexandria, Virginia.

Mark Sanford Breaks It Off With Fiancée

 

Well, that’s no good. On Facebook, Sanford is blaming his legal troubles. When I say “blaming,” I mean writing at the cringe-inducing length of well over two thousand words. I remember when things were looking up for the old boy. Here, from Robert Stacy McCain, is the classic account of his comeback, which makes for […]

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Ian Paisley Is Dead: Should We Speak Ill of Him?

 

As Tim Stanley pointed out over at the Telegraph, it’s hard not to do so. When Pope John XXIII died in 1963, Paisley assured a group of protestors that “This Romish man of sin is now in hell.” “De mortuis nil nisi bonum” meant nothing to him. Paisley was a wretched, mean-spirited man, a figure of Cromwellian unpleasantness. […]

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Is Eric Holder Sexy?

 

No comment from me. Just watch. 

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Bradley Manning Is Not a Victim of Cruel and Unusual Punishment

 

Is Bradley Manning suffering from vaginal dryness? Is his hair thinning out? Are his breasts getting smaller while his tummy swells like a gourd? How regular are his periods? What about his personality: is he behaving shrewishly toward his jailers at Fort Leavenworth, haranguing them about the toilet seat? The world wants to know. Or […]

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Pedants’ Corner: Jane Austen Wasn’t an ’18th-Century Novelist’

 

I’ve complained here before about seeing my second favorite novelist referred to as a “Victorian.” This howler has been popping up less and less of late. (No credit due here, of course: people probably just started using Wikipedia….) But now I’m beginning to see a similar mistake. In a piece—not entirely without interest—in the Atlantic about […]

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Did the Marxist Philosopher Slavoj Zizek Plagiarize a White Nationalist Magazine?

 

It certainly looks that way. The other night I was reading my galley copy of Adam Kirsch’s forthcoming essay collection, Rocket and Lightship. It’s full of good stuff, but the best piece in it is about the Slovenian Marxist gadfly Slavoj Zizek. Zizek is a strange character: a social democratic dissident turned unapolegtic Leninist; a pop-culture […]

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Jacobin Magazine is the Best (Marxist) Show in Town

 

I was encouraged this morning to read Gavin Mueller’s delirious response on the website of Jacobin magazine to The American Spectator’s June cover story. (“Response” isn’t the right word here. Mueller clearly hasn’t read the piece, James Piereson’s serious-minded review of Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century—but let that pass.) There is not a […]

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Jane Austen Was Not “Victorian”

 

For most of history, Thomas Piketty explains, the return on the value of land has exceeded economic growth, which helps explain why Victorian characters like Mr. Darcy seem so effortlessly wealthy….So this is in almost every Victorian novel. From Jane Austen up through Anthony Trollope, you keep hearing about what kind of an income the […]

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Sam Alito: A Civil Man

 

Samuel Alito is wearing a numberless Philadelphia Phillies uniform, standing next to Phillies legend Richie Ashburn, the hittingest batter of the ’50s and a childhood hero of his. He looks happy. “Back when I was on the Court of Appeals, when I was forty-three, my wife signed me up for Phillies Phantasy Camp,” he tells […]

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Megan McArdle

 

Megan McArdle’s The Up Side of Down is an enlightening and entertaining book about why we can’t always win and why that’s okay. I spoke with the blogging pioneer and former correspondent for the Economist and the Atlantic, about bankruptcy in Denmark, the history of Viagra, and why she’s optimistic about the United States. Matthew Walther: What was the genesis of […]

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