Arts & Letters

Poetry? What for?

It is a communal form of inquiry directed towards discovering universal truths.

A Review of Tom McCarthy’s Typewriter, Bombs, Jellyfish

It’s not a given that novelists are also great essayists, and so when it does happen it deserves to be celebrated.

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s American Identity

David S. Brown, Paradise Lost: A Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Harvard University Press, 397 pp.

Cyberpunk Is Now Reality

The genre’s founders married a criticism of corporations to the dreary aesthetic of rootlessness.

Review of ‘David Jones: Engraver, Soldier, Painter, Poet’

An inspired biography.

Twin Peaks Reconsidered

As with any town, Twin Peaks will have had to weather the passage of time. It will have decayed and aged. It will have been razed and paved over.

Twin Peaks and the Rise of ‘Peak TV’

Perhaps no other regularly scheduled show in TV history which ran for as few episodes or for as short a time would have as much of an influence on American pop culture.

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The Circuitous Path of Papa and Ezra

Ernest Hemingway and Ezra Pound’s friendship spanned continents—and ideologies.

City Without Stars

The Lost City of Z is visually sublime, but it lives and dies on its miscast lead.

Buchanan on Nixon: Triumph and Tragedy

The inside story of the Nixon presidency as told by TAC founding editor Patrick J. Buchanan.

America in the Time of Kerouac’s Travels

How the author of On the Road midwifed an anti-establishment movement at the same time that he denounced it.

A Literature of Angels and Demons

From The Power and the Glory to The Young Pope, the internal struggle between good and evil is a hallmark of the best literature.

Benedict Option I: Dreher’s Plaintive Call

On the insight and blind spots of Rod Dreher’s new book

Benedict Option II: The Jewish Example

Four keys to sustaining strong, countercultural religious community

Mother of All Monsters

Like Godzilla before it, the new film Colossal entertains while shedding harsh light on American adventurism abroad.