Arts & Letters

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.

A Religious Satire for the 21st Century

With his Catholic university on the brink, Randy Boyagoda’s professor travels to the Middle East to save it. Will he lose himself?

TAC Bookshelf for the Week of April 8

From Roberto Calasso to Yoram Hazony, here’s what our writers are reading.

Two Tolkiens, One Better World

In his last faithful rendering of his father’s vision, Christopher weaves new myth into Middle-earth’s rich tapestry.

TAC Bookshelf for the Week of April 1

Here’s what our staff is reading this week.

The Motley South

It’s no longer agrarian but it’s still wonderfully different from the rest of the United States. Just ask John Shelton Reed.

Charles Beard: Punished for Seeking Peace

His reputation was savaged because he had the temerity to question the ‘Good War’ narrative.

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TAC Bookshelf for the Week of March 18

From Nietzsche to Dickens this is what Birzer and Quay are reading this week.

The Dawn of Big Government and the Administrative State

New book correctly diagnoses how non-elected agencies are running the country, but falls short on how it got this way.

TAC Bookshelf for the Week of March 11

From Caldwell to Calasso, here’s what TAC writers are reading.

A Classicist Makes the Case for Trump

Victor Davis Hanson sees in the president shades of Achilles and Ajax. And maybe that’s just what the country needs.

The Conquest of Opium

From the Fertile Crescent to the hills of Appalachia, a new book documents our complicated history with the poppy.

Contemplating the Complete Kafka

His writing was like a secular prayer, transcending his own neurotic mind into something like universal truth.

Up From Consumerism

Oren Cass’s productive pluralism is a necessary first step towards restoring the dignity of work and family life.

TAC Bookshelf for the Week of February 25

From a critique of the Brits in Iraq to a critique of Descartes, here is what our writers are reading.

Social Engineering Doesn’t Work? Blame the Genes

Recent science shows that human nature is largely fixed, much to the chagrin of both the Left and Right.

The Blob and the Hell of Good Intentions

Stephen Walt takes aim at the dysfunctional caste of privileged insiders who botch our foreign policy and then ‘fail up.’