Arts & Letters

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How to #ReadWomen2014

A guidebook for a year-long tour through great female scribes.

Occupy Edmund Burke

The Intellectual Life of Edmund Burke: From the Sublime and Beautiful to American Independence, David Bromwich, Harvard University Press, 500 pages

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Is There Capitalism After Cronyism?

What’s wrong with global capitalism, and how to rewrite the rules of the game

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Werewolves of Portland (Maine)

Gay lycanthropes make an odd couple worth watching, while stock horror done well is still just déjà vu.

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Suicide of the Globalists

The Economist‘s editors understand that the Western liberal state is in deep crisis—but their suggested solutions are inconsistent at best, dangerous at worst.

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Closing of the Scholarly Mind

An English professor argues for an explicit leftist bias in college, utterly neglecting the teacher’s vocation.

Emily Browning in "God Help the Girl"

Radio Is a Sound Salvation: “God Help the Girl”

Under the cutesy exterior is a subtle film about how we understand our suffering, and what might save us from despair.

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The Soviet dissident was Russian and Orthodox to the bone—and no admirer of liberal democracy.

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A radical reimagining of Shakespeare’s comedy via Bergman and Jung.

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Juan Vidal thinks we need more political poetry. He’s wrong.

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Americans in Paris find fear and suspicion instead of marital bliss.

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Tocqueville taught that restless private obsessions would degrade civic commitments close to home.

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream staged as a gay wedding at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival.

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