Cultural Caviar

The Week in Art: From Basel and Beyond

The Week in Art: From Basel and Beyond

Sandwiched between two nudes at Sean Kelly’s booth, I was forced to choose between...

Manhunt

Mitt vs. Newt: the Gloves Come Off

Mitt vs. Newt: the Gloves Come Off

Newt Gingrich’s surge to success in South Carolina has surely brought joy to the Obama...

Public Nuisances

Midsomer Murders’ Afro-Saxon Activist Invaders

Midsomer Murders’ Afro-Saxon Activist Invaders

The English are in love with murder. From The Woman in White and The Hound of the...

Come Home, Conservatives!—to the Antiwar Conservative Movement

Come Home, Conservatives!—to the Antiwar Conservative Movement

The figures and organizations Kauffman profiles do not fit into the received version of American history, in which only “leftists” who “hate America” might object to spending trillions of dollars feeding imperial ambition. The conservative John Randolph of Roanoke, who opposed the War of 1812, and Alexander Stephens, the Confederate vice president who had earlier opposed war with Mexico, are just two of the people discussed in Ain’t My America who refuse to fit themselves into the proper categories.

Anthropology

History Ain’t Bunk

History Ain’t Bunk

As a boy I once climbed the Great Pyramid of Cheops at Giza in Egypt, sitting on its...

Culture

Who is “Spengler?”

Who is “Spengler?”

Has Franz Rosenzweig’s time come? Beats me. Let’s start with: who the hell was Franz...

Crime

Setting Grandma’s Hair on Fire

Setting Grandma’s Hair on Fire

Social Security is a “Ponzi scheme for these young people,” said Gov. Rick Perry in his...

Gossiphopper

Michael Douglas’ Cancer Fight, Anna Wintour’s a Tennis Groupie, and the Princes’ Hacking Scandal

Michael Douglas’ Cancer Fight, Anna Wintour’s a Tennis Groupie, and the Princes’ Hacking Scandal

It’s time to celebrate summer’s last three-day weekend with a rundown of the only...

Cultural Caviar

Gauche Contre Droite: The Lévy-Houellebecq Letters

Gauche Contre Droite: The Lévy-Houellebecq Letters

Last week we nostalgically suggested that culturally, things might have been better in...

Libya

The Tyrant and the Rebels

The Tyrant and the Rebels

Once there was a ruler who held his vast land together with an iron fist. For decades...

Sex

Have Condoms Penetrated the Catholic Church?

Have Condoms Penetrated the Catholic Church?

The pope said that condom use to prevent the transmission of HIV is “a first step in...

High Society

Celebrity Child-Support Sweepstakes

Celebrity Child-Support Sweepstakes

Over the past few days the Greatest Show on Earth has rolled into town. This carnival...

The $200 Million Used Mercedes

The $200 Million Used Mercedes

The ill-conceived American Cold War policy of accepting any kind of self-expression as art to combat communist restrictions on creativity led to the introduction of the Turner Prize and provided an opportunity for the Mafia amongst others to manipulate the art-market in a money-oriented society.

Zeitgeist

Quibbling Rivalry

Quibbling Rivalry

Last Sunday evening, while I was watching the final minutes of the now famous...

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