Arts & Letters

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Is ‘Queen Bey’ a Front Porch Republican?

Lemonade embeds the stadium celebrity back into the civil society traditions of black women.

Trigon Film

Poor Citizenship

A coming-of-age film highlights how even in communist Cuba, faith sustains the underclass.

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Primo Levi’s Partisans

The Holocaust survivor was troubled by an ‘ugly secret’ about the Italians who suffered and died while fighting fascism.

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College Life Before Facebook

Richard Linklater’s latest film recovers a picture of youth without the iPhone.

Michael Hogue

Civil Religion—or Christianity?

To save American exceptionalism, the nation must first let go of imperialism.


Your Friends Are Not an App

Technology can undermine selfless, honest relationships—but it doesn’t have to.

Michael Hogue

Roger Scruton vs. the New Left

They just don’t make leftists like they used to.

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Edgar Wallace, Literary Mercenary

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Out in the Fields with God

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Telling a Story Within a Single Frame

Like a great filmmaker, photographer Gregory Crewdson captures the human vulnerability in places we’d rather forget.

Do Markets Need Government?

Private regulation is often more effective than centralized legal authorities.

Stephen King’s Doubt

The novel ‘Revival’ mixes Ray Bradbury and H.P. Lovecraft to depict an untrusting America.

How to Make Amends

Eve Tushnet shows that therapy and recovery are mere balms without the work of mercy.

A Stoic’s Empire

Seneca’s musings on the tension between public and private life remain as approachable and fresh as they were two millennia ago.