Arts and Letters
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…

by | Nov 22, 2019

Dialogues of the Dead By Reginald Hill (Harper, 481 pages, $16.99) Good Morning, Midnight By Reginald Hill (Harper, 465 pages, $16.99) Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel (pronounced Dee-yell — hereinafter DL), the central character in the BBC series Dalziel & Pascoe,…

by | Nov 14, 2019

In his iconic first novel, The Time Machine, H. G. Wells sends his Victorian protagonist 800,805 years into the future to a parasitic civilization that contributes nothing to knowledge, art, or culture. He could have cut the journey short by…

by | Nov 8, 2019

Consider the clarinet. What an oddball musical instrument! It is not the mighty piano, whose range is from the most sublime romanticism — “Für Elise” — to the most shrewd and brilliant jazz riff, as in Dave Brubeck’s “Blue Rondo…

by | Oct 27, 2019

It’s Reformation time again, and you know what that means. Big crowds will fill the pews of Protestant churches on Reformation Sunday. The sermon will probably reference Martin Luther’s nailing the 95 Theses on the Wittenberg church door, and there…

by | Oct 26, 2019

I recently returned from three days in Washington, D.C. — a city consumed by political hatred, unending rumor-mongering and savage news coverage. It was good to come home! It occurred to me that perhaps some poetry might be helpful, to…

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