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by | Oct 22, 2022

If you don’t understand the virtue of weeds, you will not understand the mind of nature. Weeds grasp their own essence and express its truth. — Taneda Santōka, “Diary of the One-Grass Hut” (1940) There is no such thing as a…

by | Oct 8, 2022

Attached to my local library sits a tiny used bookstore housed in an unassuming 10-by-12 fluorescent-lit room near the front entrance. A cheerful, bespectacled, curly-gray-haired lady eagerly helps her buyers pick out books from the neatly divided and ordered shelves….

by | Sep 16, 2022

An idiot is an idiot. It is a purely scientific description. You see them, you watch them move through the world, you hear them talk, and somewhere inside you, an instinctive voice screams out: “Watch it, you’re looking at an…

by | Sep 4, 2022

Good taste is in free fall. Also in free fall are manners, protocols, and formality. And London’s Savile Row, the Valhalla of all things sartorial, is the latest battleground. Good taste has been in decline for years. The backward baseball…

by | Aug 17, 2022

Jordan Peele’s films are more often than not pegged as works of social commentary, and though his latest film, Nope — about a UFO that turns out to be a hitherto unknown sky creature — seems at first glance to be…

by | Jul 4, 2022

Beavis and Butt-Head, to borrow from their lexicon, rule. The undynamic duo return in the streaming movie Beavis & Butt-Head Do the Universe on Paramount+. Does your home also contain one or fewer televisions (perhaps a black-and-white dumb TV?) that dooms…

by | Jun 20, 2022

HBO is working on a sequel to its hit series Game of Thrones, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The original show, which ran from 2011 to 2019, was famous for its willingness to kill off main characters; however, Jon Snow…

by | Jun 7, 2022

American Spectator senior editor Daniel Flynn published an essay for the Acton Institute today to mark the 73rd anniversary of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. Flynn dives into the history of the British writer’s final and arguably finest work, which continues…

by | May 25, 2022

A week or so ago, some leftist organizations, nominally “Jewish,” held a demonstration advocating for abortion on demand. Surely, our First Amendment encourages people to rally, associate publicly, and state their positions unfettered. However, sharp criticism is demanded when such…

by | May 23, 2022

Perhaps the most risible, widely acclaimed children’s book in the history of children’s books is The Rainbow Fish. This book, featuring a beautiful fish with shiny scales on the cover, made it into home libraries of children everywhere. It tells…

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