Author Archives: David Masciotra

Fake Culture is Hastening Our Idiocracy

When verses like ‘Hol’ up lil’ b*tch, be humble’ win Pulitzer Prizes.

David Mamet Turns Literary Scalpel on 1920s Chicago

New novel simultaneously captures the dynamism of a hustling society, while depicting its corroded core.

Acquitting Elvis of Cultural Appropriation

His groundbreaking rock-n-roll was neither ‘thievery’ nor ‘derivative blackness.’

Norman Mailer Was a Left-Conservative

The prolific writer and liberal celebrity spurned feminism, political correctness, and overreaching government.

Bob Dylan’s Soulful Christian Phase

An atheist appreciates the legend’s haunting religiosity.

The Darker Implications of Trump’s Vulgarity

Appealing to the lowest common denominator threatens to drag the entire American experience down the…toilet.

What Would Christopher Hitchens Say?

Amid the noxious atmosphere of Twitter, the late scribe looks like the last public intellectual of our times.

The Crisis of Masculinity is One of Scarcity, Not Excess

“Are we not men?” is a more salient question than ever.

Are Video Games the New Novels?

American adults turn to “Grand Theft Auto.”

Rock for Republicans?

How the GOP misunderstands John Mellencamp’s heartland ethic