Arts & Letters

Jacob Lawrence. The Migration Series. 1940-41. Panel 40: “The migrants arrived in great numbers.” MoMA

Jacob Lawrence’s Existential Sociology

His “Migration” series, reunited at MoMA, is social history raised to the level of art.

illustration by Michael Hogue

A Missing History of Conservatism

Garland Tucker’s new book shows the right’s historical roots before Buckley, Goldwater, and Reagan.


Failing Into Love

A quirky Catholic convert unlocks prayer and spiritual growth with Shakespeare, math, and ballroom dance.

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“Amends,” My Reality-TV Rehab Satire, Is Now Available

Bad advice, bad memories, mysticism, humiliation, class struggle, sleaze, and more of my favorite things.

Nikephoros III Botaniates, Byzantine emperor /  Wikimedia Commons

Byzantine Empire—or Republic?

Eastern emperors were accountable to their people and the public good without being democrats.

Tightrope Walk

Painting Modernism Before the Bolsheviks

The Neue Galerie captures Russia’s last moments of open artistic experimentation before the “short 20th century.”

Dante Statue: Huang Zheng / Shutterstock ,  Dreher illustration: Michael Hogue

Saved by the Divine Comedy

Rod Dreher shows how a literary classic can be the best therapy for troubled times and a troubled soul.

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