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Artificial ‘Intelligence’ Turning Brains to Mush on YouTube

Algorithmic cartoons signal fresh horrors for human culture.

Out of the Shire: Life Beyond Tolkien

Has authentic romanticism in literature peaked?

France’s Harvey Weinsteins

The Gallic conflation of the intellectual and the sexy has produced scandal—and some ridiculous art.

An Interview With James Howard Kunstler

America’s foremost critic of suburbia talks strip malls, environmentalism, and Christianity.

Orient Express Doesn’t Feel Like Agatha Christie

But this new Poirot mystery has its own flavor and polish.

Blight & Flight: The Wisdom of Abandoned Buildings

The built landscape provides a blueprint of our past.

Stressed? Depressed? Cowboy Up!

Soul-sucking modern age is driving people ‘west.’

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Redeeming the Debauched Falstaff

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

Shutting Up Richard Spencer

Ohio State is trying to prevent him from speaking. That isn’t their choice to make.

The Strangeness of ‘Stranger Things’

Beyond the 80s nostalgia, it’s really a moral tale.

Stalin, 1929-1941: Brutal and Brilliant

A new volume documents the man who turned the Soviet Union into a murderous madhouse.