In Defense of the All-American Road Trip

Skip the theme parks, find an unlikely path, and just drive.

1968: Freedom Without License

It was a year to test limits, revolt against technocracy—and all social hell broke loose.

The Hamilton D.C. Would Rather Not See

The musical portrays him as a hip Master of the Universe. But there was much more to him than that.

The Art of the Stroll

For my Grandpa, walking was about a series of stories: a process of taking it in, and when I was with him, sharing.

Houellebecq’s Incel Prophecy: The Alienated and Intimacy-Starved

Controversial writer foresaw the barbarities of the sexual marketplace that have left so many cold and dejected.

In Defense of Firefighters

They’re fixtures of communities who serve the common good. It’s worth having more of them than we need.

Nick Offerman and the Limits of TV Craftsmanship

His new show focuses too much on Etsy-style arts and crafts, but it’s worth watching anyway. Here’s why.

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The Strange Decline of H.L. Mencken

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