Arts & Letters

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.

The Next Civil War

A novel explores the form it could take.

Rasmussen’s Refrain: Let Uncle Sam Do It

A cheerleader for the U.S. as global policeman severely overestimates how much anyone—Americans or otherwise—agrees with his idea.

Their Hands Have Lost Their Cunning, But Their Tongues Do Not Cleave To The Roofs Of Their Mouths

Steve Levenson’s play, If I Forget, at the Laura Pels Theater

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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.