November 02, 2009
"On The Irish Waterfront" promises to reshape how cultural historians view a classic 1950s film.
December 01, 2008
'I'm inspired by the astonishing optimism of other Americans.'
November 03, 2008
'No one needs to be told that newspapers are nearing their end days.'
October 06, 2008
'The meltdown of venerable investment houses might have been anticipated.'
September 08, 2008
We have reached that stage of the election cycle when travel-weary commentators direct their ire at a hardy artifact of the old millennium, the national political convention. As thousands of delegates prepare for a few days of around-the-clock socializing and caucusing, their Boswells in the politic
July 21, 2008
Clinton, Obama, and the danger of identity politics
May 26, 2008
The most extraordinary presidential primary season since 1976, when Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan competed for delegates right up to the eve of the Republican National Convention, is nearly over. Cynics and late-night comics no doubt will heave a well-practiced sigh of relief and pretend, as best th
Public Morality After the Religious Right: 'Religion still retains a hold on the American conscience.'
April 28, 2008
Is the religious right a spent force in American politics? There seems to be a growing consensus that it is, based in part on John McCain’s rather easy dispatch of Mike Huckabee in the Republican primaries. Huckabee, a preacher and unabashed advocate for the evangelical movement, certainly tou
March 24, 2008
William F. Buckley Jr.’s death prompted a wave of tributes, even from some of his ideological foes, for the tenor of the debates he orchestrated on his longtime television program, “Firing Line.” Over the years, Buckley played host to hundreds of political figures, writers, thinker
February 25, 2008
The timing was exquisite. A voice on the radio, trying to entice viewers to one of those “Survivor”-type reality shows, promised that the program’s competition would be extremely intense. “We don’t play fair,” the voice intoned. “We play to win.” This