Arts & Letters

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A New Birth of Fusionism

National Review‘s Charles C.W. Cooke summons a conservative-libertarian alliance 50 years after Buckley and Meyer.

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H.L. Mencken’s Merry Days

Even on his best behavior, Mencken was the antithesis of today’s earnest journalistic ideal.

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James Webb, War Novelist

The former senator’s literary work displays his noninterventionist past and appealing populism.

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Dante and the Fruits of Patience

The value of learning how to wait in peace

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America at 78 r.p.m.

How obsessive record hunters have kept America’s music history alive

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Was ‘American Sniper’ Antiwar?

Evaluating Clint Eastwood’s libertarian motivations—and considering what could come next from Hollywood’s loner director.


Houellebecq: the Pundit as Novelist of Ideas

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