Author Archives: Scott Beauchamp

The OA and Today’s Secular Prison of Self

The latest season of the Netflix show is brilliant but also confined to a world denuded of transcendence.

Into the Dark Needs Less Wokeness, More Evil

Really good horror is not just about zeitgeist, but sinking to the depths of myth and fear.

Choosing to Spend Your Vacation…Behind Bars

In South Korea, going to jail to relax is a hot new trend. What does that say about humans today?

Ted Bundy and the Banality of Evil

Netflix’s new docu-series about the famous killer has no there there—and that’s exactly the point.

Pornography and the Definition of Power

The reflections of a Korean-German philosopher can help us understand how we’re easily deceived by false freedom.

The Decade That Made Us Who We Are

The 1990s were both perverted and predictive. Yet somehow today they’ve never felt more alien.

Nostalgia: Why the Left and Right Both Get It Wrong

Anthony Esolen’s latest explores our connection to the past and the reality that transcends.

Halloween: Finally a Really Good Movie About Evil

While it can’t quite compete with the chilling 1978 release, the reboot is a powerful film in its own right.

Tribal Passions, Totalitarian Parties

Decades ago, Simone Weil foresaw the collective instinct that hobbles our politics today.

Social Justice Warriors Aren’t Funny

Laughter and enjoyment are out, emotional support are in, as Netflix’s latest comedy special makes clear.

The Confused Cynicism of Slenderman

The new movie packages a folk myth and sells it back to us, an act of cultural theft.

Simone Weil’s Deeper Grace

Who was this French mystic, who nearly starved herself for the Resistance, then looked for God’s love ‘in the void’?

The Pornification of Everything

The New York Times gets it wrong. It’s our culture that’s the problem, not the content of the porn itself.

Stephen Hawking: Messenger from the Universe

The scientist and popularizer went to places we can’t even fathom, and couldn’t wait to tell us all about it.

Black Mirror and the Prison of Eternity

Netflix’s latest forces us to confront a question: what if digitally we could live forever?

Debunking the Caricature of Jack Kerouac the Nihilist

A new book suggests the Catholic-born icon was more spiritual than the “beatnik” label suggests.

Artificial ‘Intelligence’ Turning Brains to Mush on YouTube

Algorithmic cartoons signal fresh horrors for human culture.

Ezra Pound, Locked Away

The famous poet was committed to a mental hospital. His fascist views were odious, but were they really insane?

‘Who Goes Nazi’ Now?

Dorothy Thompson’s 1941 paranoid ‘parlor game’ just as (un) useful today.

Why the Media Really Hates ‘War Machine’

Michael Hastings’ ‘The Operators’ gets the Netflix treatment.

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