Arts & Letters

Camille Paglia Contra Mundum

The libertarian feminist takes no prisoners and fears no critics in her latest anthology of essays.

Music With Roots

Like the best of Bob Dylan, the lyrics of folk band Sun Kil Moon capture a sense of memory and place that’s missing from most pop music.

Grandfather Had Fangs

Snakish is a novel about decline and fall, the passing of a way of life.

Mencken for Conservatives

He had a New Urbanist and cultural-conservative bent.

It’s Time to Read John O’Hara Again

The forgotten author reminds us that frustration with the establishment is a long American tradition.

Debunking America’s “Good” Occupation

Factual errors mar an otherwise thoughtful book about U.S. occupation forces in post-World War II Germany.

The Buckley Legacy in Voice and Print

As his friend Ronald Reagan might have put it, “Not bad, Bill, not bad at all.”

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