Arts & Letters

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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.


The Walking Dread: “It Follows”

A fearsome little horror film that is all monster, no message


Finding Yourself in Dante

Dante’s story is everybody’s story. If you get lost in the Divine Comedy, you may just discover yourself

Michael Hogue

How Father Neuhaus Found GOP

A new biography recounts the First Things founder’s journey from leftist Lutheran to Catholic neoconservative.

Embarkation of the Pilgrims, Robert W. Weir / Wikimedia Commons

Secularists vs. Providentialists

America’s religious liberty is the product of two competing traditions—but does today’s Supreme Court respect the balance?

Mezz Mezzrow,  Wikimedia Commons

Black Like Kerouac

What the Beats stole from an authentically fake jazzman

David Giesbrecht, Netflix

What Happened to “House of Cards”?

The Netflix series seems to have lost its ruthless Machiavellian politics

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Singing Gospel, Growing Up Gay

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The Soul of Man Under the Mixed Economy

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Merry Widows, Weeping Brides

The Metropolitan Museum of Art puts the fun back in funerals.