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 12, 2019

Ben Stein received the John Von Kannon Service to the Cause Award at The American Spectator’s 52nd annual Robert L. Bartley Gala on November 7, 2019. “Ben has been writing for The American Spectator since well before I joined it,” American Spectator editorial director…

by | Nov 7, 2019

When I was growing up in Nebraska, Marvel characters were part of my adolescent mythology: I took an iconic photo of two of my best friends around 2 a.m. in Walmart, ironically-unironically decked out in Captain America shields and masks….

by | Oct 29, 2019

Friday Al Burton is dead. Al died Tuesday morning. His beautiful daughter, Jennifer, called me with the horrible news. Al was 91 and had been in failing health for some time, barely able to follow what was going on around…

by | Oct 11, 2019

At first blush, the new hit film Joker seems to hit all the right notes for progressive audiences. It floats various left-wing talking points: the need for health care and social services for all levels of society, the great divide between the average person…

by | Sep 10, 2019

We came together after 9/11 as Americans. We formed a bond of unity the likes of which I could not remember save for when I was a child during World War II. Then, housewives rolled bandages at night for the…

by | Sep 5, 2019

Pygmies walk the streets of Hollywood where giants once trod. Take Eric McCormack, the bland Canadian actor who in 1998 lucked into the popular sitcom Will & Grace. Rather than appreciate the hard work of the hundreds who enabled his lucrative…

by | Aug 20, 2019

Some stories are retold over and over in new renditions. Romeo and Juliet, set in New York City with gangs, becomes West Side Story. The Tempest on an alien world with a robot for Caliban is Forbidden Planet (1956). It’s a Wonderful…

by | Aug 13, 2019

Quentin Tarantino just became the most reactionary major filmmaker this side of Clint Eastwood. His latest film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, portrays the year the counterculture almost broke Hollywood, 1969, and Tarantino may accomplish the same thing five…

by | Jul 30, 2019

We hear a lot of talk these days about privilege. Privilege is the idea that some social advantage is available to members of only one group and unavailable to everyone else. Most of the claims about privilege are specious, either…

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