Author Archives: Noah Millman

About Noah Millman

Noah Millman is TAC's theater critic and a solo blogger. Prior to that, he blogged regularly for The American Scene, and his work has appeared in Commentary, The Economist, The Atlantic, and First Things. He worked for 16 years on Wall Street in equity derivatives and then in structured credit products before leaving to pursue his literary and artistic ambitions at the beginning of 2010. He was born in New York City and, with very minor exceptions, has resided ever since in the city or its environs.

Gay Bob, Christian Bob, Empathy and Tolerance

I read with interest Rod Dreher’s piece about the “Gay Bob, Christian …

A Follow-Up On “Two Days, One Night”

Based on the comments I received, I think I may have been …

Who Would Vote For a Peace Candidate?

Is there really a popular constituency – in either party – for a campaign focused on foreign policy restraint?

The Soul of Man Under the Mixed Economy

Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s film, “Two Days, One Night” asks the question: what happens to solidarity when workers have to hand out pink slips to each other?

The King Is Dead – Long Live the King

Our relationship with Saudi Arabia is a depreciating asset – but that doesn’t mean we should simply dump it.

Restructuring Higher Education

Would President Obama’s community college plan expand the ranks of college students—or provide a cheaper path for students already aiming for a four-year degree?

Three Questions For J. C. Chandor

Is “A Most Violent Year” a failed homage to the great New York crime and corruption films of the 1970s, or is it trying to subvert our expectations of such films?

And The Nominees Are . . .

Well, the official nominations are out, and my predictions are batting . …

Jeb Bush Is the GOP Front-Runner: A Syllogism

Whether Romney is ultimately deemed ridiculous or a serious threat, he makes it harder for establishment-acceptable candidates other than Bush to get traction.

Is Soumission Just An Anti-Feminist Fantasy?

Or is this what a spiritual revival looks like?

Oscar Predictions (Now Don’t Be Grouchy)

We’re all going to wind up in the trash bin of history eventually. In the meantime, let’s go to the movies.

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Korea?

First-strike fantasies undermine the credibility of our diplomacy.

Bullets of Pure Love

My first piece at The Week is up today: The overwhelming reaction to the …

If Credibility Is Fragile, Then Commitments Should Be Rare

Credibility matters less when objective interests and capabilities are clear – and more when they are hard to discern. Which may explain why the more expansive hawks care about it so much.

“Broken Windows” and the Urban Renaissance

“Broken windows” may have had an important role to play in New York’s renaissance, but William Bratton needs to focus not on defending his legacy but on selling the NYPD on reducing the police footprint.

Science Is Not Found Through God Either

Are scientific “proofs” of God’s existence really an effort to reassure ourselves of the ultimate knowability of the universe?

The Way of the Latke

Probably the most fun part of preparing my eight-course Hanukkah dinner has …

Iron Chef Millman VIII: The Final Feast

For the past eight years, I’ve been throwing a dinner party one …

List, List, O List: a Premature 2014 Movie Rundown

“Boyhood,” “Birdman” and “The Babadook”

Theatrical Double-Feature Feature: White Christmas Edition

I don’t usually do double-feature features for live theater, because, well, you …

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