Arts & Letters

The Trouble With Silence

Martin Scorsese ponders the deepest theological questions.

Murder in Paradise

Mysteries like Inspector Morse remind us of lost Eden.

Oswald Spengler: Pessimism’s Prophet

Perhaps this disciple of Nietzsche can teach us a bit of the right sort of pessimism.

Salvation Street

Mystery novelist Andrew Klavan’s inspiring Christian memoir

Happy Birthday, Jesus

Sixty years ago, a science-fiction writer foresaw what Christmas would become.

The Joy and Terror of Shirley Jackson

“The Lottery” barely scratches the surface of her rangy genius.

Did John Updike Foresee the Trump Era?

What the Rabbit novels teach us about our populist moment

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