Arts and Letters
Arts and Letters
by | Apr 4, 2020

It’s day who actually knows of coronavirus quarantine, and my housemates and I are making our plans for once this is all over. Our wish list is quite humble. We just want a night at the pub a few blocks…

by | Mar 6, 2020

There’s a remote outpost in the culture war as yet unassailed by the forces of wokeness. Soap operas have been a popular form of entertainment since radio days, and they still enthrall women by the millions. That’s because the women…

by | Feb 21, 2020

The late Gertrude Himmelfarb, in her 1994 essay “On Looking into the Abyss,” needed only two sentences to diagnose the intellectual ills of our dehumanized age. “The beasts of modernism,”  she wrote, “have mutated into the beasts of postmodernism —…

by | Feb 15, 2020

Something inside the copy of Alexander of Macedon, A History interrupted the clean stack of bound leaves of the nearly new book. It still retained the remnant aroma of fresh print pressed against a matte paper finish. The only indication…

by | Feb 9, 2020

Washington, D.C. “I just want to say thank God for the bureaucrats and the lawyers,” Ben Folds exclaims as he leans over a grand piano in the Kennedy Center’s concert hall. “They do good, honest work — and someone has…

by | Jan 9, 2020

Last Sunday night, Ricky Gervais damaged Hollywood more than all of us conservative writers put together. We’re just a basket of deplorables to the celebrants, but Ricky, he’s in the club. And as host of the 77th Golden Globes Awards…

by | Dec 28, 2019

In April, I published my list of The Top Ten Evilest People of All Time. It was, I admit, a joy to be Dante for a day and pronounce sentence on some of history’s greatest villains. That article got quite…

by | Dec 22, 2019

’Tis the season to celebrate great writing. The year-end books special is a long-standing tradition at The American Spectator — and it’s our gift to you. Enjoy, and let us know what books are at the top of your wish list…

by | Dec 15, 2019

Washington “Let’s have a hootenanny,” Dave Eggers says as he seats himself cross-legged on the floor of Kramerbooks & Afterwords. The prolific author, journalist, and founder of McSweeney’s is ostensibly only here this Monday in Dupont Circle to sign copies of…

by | Dec 13, 2019

President Donald Trump added a radical twist to the annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony last Friday by invoking the divinity of Jesus Christ. You would think revering the season’s central figure would be expected, but you’d be wrong. Although…

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