Arts & Letters

Why the ‘Case Against Education’ Won’t Fly

Students may not be interested in their college studies, but they can’t survive without them.

TAC Bookshelf for the Week of February 12

From Ross Douthat to Tim Wu, here’s what our staff and writers are reading.

Just Another FDR Biography

Liberal author Robert Dallek seems to be checking the box, and in the process doesn’t do the 32nd president any justice.

TAC Bookshelf for the Week of February 5

From Sean McMeekin to Thomas Merton, here’s what our staff and writers are reading.

The World the Cold War Built

A new book says the conflict began in the late 19th century and subsumed even World War II as our defining event.

Bob Dylan’s Soulful Christian Phase

An atheist appreciates the legend’s haunting religiosity.

TAC Bookshelf for the Week of January 29

From Alfred Bester to Tom Clancy, here’s what our editors and staff are reading.

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TAC Bookshelf for the Week of January 22

From Evelyn Waugh to Barry C. Lynn, here’s what our staff and writers are reading.

TAC Bookshelf for the Week of January 15

David Ignatius, Truman Capote, Howard Mansfield, and more.

What Would Christopher Hitchens Say?

Amid the noxious atmosphere of Twitter, the late scribe looks like the last public intellectual of our times.

Announcing the Death of Classical Liberalism

Patrick Deneen’s new book, out today, plays mortician for one of America’s most popular ideologies.

Heroism and Realism in Christopher Nolan’s Batman

Our most popular superhero isn’t a clown or carnival freak—he’s a great symbol of an urban age.

Whiplash! A Family Tree of the Conservative Movement

Longtime strategist offers anecdotal tour of the most important campaigns in recent GOP history.

Rudolf’s Sad Descent and the Habsburg Fall

Things might have turned out differently had he not ended his life that winter morning in 1889.

The Petrograd Crime Wave That Helped Create the Soviet Union

A post-tsar spate of murders enabled the rise of the Bolsheviks. Today, it underscores the failures of the Russian Revolution.

Out of the Shire: Life Beyond Tolkien

Has authentic romanticism in literature peaked?

“Mark Felt Was Not Deep Throat”

Son of Watergate-era FBI Chief says new movie is typical Hollywood revisionism.