Culture

I’ve Got Some Assignments for Rachel Maddow

Looking at Drift from the perspective of defense intellectuals.

Approaching Peak Bitch on Television

TV is overrun with unflattering portrayals of women—where's the uproar?

To Thine Own Self Be Hip

A critic learns to stop worrying and love the music.

Part Two: Charles Murray, the Long View

Coming Apart caps three decades of faux concern for the poor.

Charles Murray, the Long View

In 1984, the right's star public intellectual wrote the book that drove welfare reform. Coming Apart is an alibi for his own failed big idea.

Stacked Decks

The Titanic’s surprisingly timely centenary

What's the Point of College?

A critical look at the state of the American university

Peter Dinklage Is a Baller

The producers of Game of Thrones succeed in writing a disabled character who is more than his disability.

When Network Anchors Stop Being Polite ... And Start Getting Real

What can we expect from the new Aaron Sorkin series?

Adrienne Rich, Poet of Change

Few literary luminaries succeed in melding a passion for social justice with a love of language.

Judges as Defendants, Directors as Judges

The Law in These Parts asks tough questions about the role of the courts in Israeli settlement policy.

History Lessons

When historian Tony Judt cared passionately about a problem he was able to redefine its terms. Pity he didn't care about a few more things.

Why Politicos Love "Game of Thrones"

The show satisfies the teenage cynic in all of us who thinks only sex, ambition, and revenge matter at the top.

Someone's Lucky Day

Or maybe their unluckiest.

The Making of a Madman

A.N. Wilson's new biography explains how losing money, mother, and mind created Hitler.

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