Arts & Letters

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.

A Probing New Look at the Real McKinley

An underrated president emerges from the Roosevelts’ shadow

Beyond Ken Burns, a Deeply Moral, Personal Vietnam

Quasi-memoir by former congressman is set deep in domestic conflict.

Redeeming the Debauched Falstaff

Do not moralize—there is a little of Shakespeare’s ‘Fat Knight’ in all of us.

Ezra Pound, Locked Away

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

The Witty, Wistful Films of Whit Stillman

His work lightheartedly catalogued the story of the human condition.

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Kennedy’s Forgotten Coalition: Working Class Catholics

After decades of Democratic fealty, JFK’s “tribal benediction” went Trump.

How Chicago Made the ‘Great West’

The city’s history shows that the urban-rural divide is a dangerous fiction.

The American Mind: Closed After All These Years

Three decades later, Allan Bloom’s damning critique still relevant

Poetry? What for?

It is a communal form of inquiry directed towards discovering universal truths.

A Review of Tom McCarthy’s Typewriter, Bombs, Jellyfish

It’s not a given that novelists are also great essayists, and so when it does happen it deserves to be celebrated.

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s American Identity

David S. Brown, Paradise Lost: A Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Harvard University Press, 397 pp.

Cyberpunk Is Now Reality

The genre’s founders married a criticism of corporations to the dreary aesthetic of rootlessness.

Review of ‘David Jones: Engraver, Soldier, Painter, Poet’

An inspired biography.

Twin Peaks Reconsidered

As with any town, Twin Peaks will have had to weather the passage of time. It will have decayed and aged. It will have been razed and paved over.