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Posts in category “Casual”

Richard Powers and the Blown-Up Cultural Narrative

When music is freed from cultural filters, how do fans find the songs that matter?

Posted March 24th, 2014

Understanding Fuddy-Duddy Beatle Haters

They didn’t so much push musical boundaries as consolidate advances.

Posted February 11th, 2014

Three Cheers for the Sideman

In a recent segment of HuffPost Live, James Poulos spotlights one of …

Posted August 5th, 2013

All That Glitters About Expanding Gambling Isn’t Gold

Artificially constrained supply has made casinos more attractive than they really are.

Posted July 15th, 2013

Atlantic City Embraces Monkey on Its Back

In the throes of pre-Great Recession economic hype, I wrote the following …

Posted July 8th, 2013

Golfers Against Obama—Then on to Better Things

Overheard at the first tee at Trump National D.C., July 4th: They …

Posted July 5th, 2013

“White House Down”—What a Waste

“White House Down” A Hollywood-White House-Democratic Party Production Starring Barack H. Obama …

Posted June 28th, 2013

In Defense of Baseball’s Second Wildcard

Let me second Ross Douthat’s plug for TAC contributor Michael Brendan Dougherty’s …

Posted April 11th, 2013

War, Peace, and the Sweet Sixteen

As a born and bred Yankee fan, I always felt a tinge …

Posted March 29th, 2013

On Character Formation and Tolerating Non-Euphoria

Rod Dreher speaks up for the indispensability of morally formative good manners, …

Posted February 12th, 2013

The Spy Next Door

There have been a slew of stories about Washington DC’s unusually strong …

Posted January 11th, 2013

Dressing the Part of an American Conservative

My love of old things extends beyond the spheres of politics and …

Posted January 11th, 2013

Against Charitable Christmas ‘Gifts’

I feel like playing Mr. Manners or New York Times Ethicist for …

Posted December 27th, 2012

How to Rebuild, Without Transforming, the Jersey Shore

At last night’s “12-12-12” benefit concert for victims of Hurricane Sandy, Bruce Springsteen, …

Posted December 13th, 2012

God Gave This Land to Me

This is going around, very well done. Who is Nina Paley?

Posted October 5th, 2012

The Knuckleball

In news more consequential to me than anything in politics… In the …

Posted September 27th, 2012

Springsteen, Obama, and History’s ‘Train’

According to a report by Slate’s Dave Weigel, the Romney campaign is …

Posted September 20th, 2012