Arts & Letters

Michael Hogue

Don’t Blame Me, I’m Just the Viceroy

Why do Zalmay Khalilzad and others in the foreign-policy establishment refuse to question America’s role in the world?

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Humiliation and Reconciliation

What medieval penance can tell us about making modern-day amends.

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Garrison Keillor’s Dark Americana

A Prairie Home Companion sounded like easy nostalgia, but at heart was elegiac and mournful.

Mussolini's Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, Rome. (Javier Garcia /

In Search of Fascism

It’s become an all-purpose pejorative—but is not necessarily a creature of the counterrevolutionary right.

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The Holey Family

In the film Little Sister, everybody is damaged and betrayed—but they are genuinely forgiven.

Michael Hogue

Can You Trust James Madison?

A new book on the founding father complicates the Philadelphia Convention cult’s enterprise.

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The Making of Éamon de Valera

How did a buttoned-up conservative become an Irish revolutionary?

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