A Hack’s Catechism

A Hack’s Catechism

Anybody who has ever made merry by leafing through an issue of Cosmopolitan knows that today’s successful young woman is happily married yet still happier single, that she stands by her man yet has many lovers, that she is virtuous yet possessed of a whole lot of outrageously expensive shoes, handbags, lipsticks and creams. It is in these same modal terms, calling to mind what musicians refer to as defunct harmonies, that the enterprising journalist must learn to describe everything from the conflict in Iraq to Hegel’s phenomenology, confident in the knowledge, I repeat, that in the end it is only money that matters.

God, Science, and Telepathic Pets

God, Science, and Telepathic Pets

Do your pets have telepathy? Mine don’t, and I’m a little disappointed. Because many pets do—close to half of dogs and 1/3 of cats, according to iconoclast British scientist Rupert Sheldrake, author of Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home, and several other daring works in scientific theory.

Neocons

Remembering the Smoothies

Remembering the Smoothies

As Charles Stuart is reported to have said when he returned to England after decades of...

Zeitgeist

What Just Wright—Nay, Hollywood—Gets So Wrong

What Just Wright—Nay, Hollywood—Gets So Wrong

If you’ve seen the poster for Queen Latifah’s latest movie, Just Wright, you know she’s...

Culture

Catching the Christmas Spirit

Catching the Christmas Spirit

When I was young, there was much talk of “the Christmas spirit,” and I’ve always been...

Cultural Caviar

Zooey Deschanel Sings, John Baldessari Art Goes Virtual

Zooey Deschanel Sings, John Baldessari Art Goes Virtual

Plus, The Railway Children come to Waterloo and the Blue Boat goes up for auction She...

Zeitgeist

Why I don’t believe in Harvey Dent

Why I don’t believe in Harvey Dent

Halfway through my sophomore year of high school I was overwhelmed by an impulse to...

Zeitgeist

Plight of the Emos

Plight of the Emos

I am not really “with it.” My taste in clothes—formal or otherwise—runs the...

High Life

Summer Days in Devon

Summer Days in Devon

Rolling though picture-perfect hills and fields of maize and barley towards Wembury...

Low Life

Tame That Tiger!

Tame That Tiger!

“Tiger Woods in sex rehab clinic” seemed to be all that the newspapers of my native...

Hear No Genes, See No Genes, Speak No Genes—the Jargon of “Culturalism”

Hear No Genes, See No Genes, Speak No Genes—the Jargon of “Culturalism”

The following address was given to the H.L. Mencken Club’s Annual Meeting; November...

Empty Promise—Barack Obama and the Death of the American Dream

Empty Promise—Barack Obama and the Death of the American Dream

Once upon a time, there was the American Dream, “that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone,” as James Truslow Adams described it in his book The Epic of America (1931). Today we have the American Promise. Unveiled by Barack Obama in his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention, the Promise is about balancing freedom with responsibility, cutting taxes, installing a government that “helps” people rather than “hurts” them, and ending U.S. dependence on Middle Eastern oil. According to Obama, the very “essence” of the American Promise is this: “Individual responsibility and mutual responsibility.”

Life

A Church Militant?

A Church Militant?

With the House debate on health care at its hottest, the U.S. Catholic bishops issued a...

Grassroots

The Radical Right

The Radical Right

It is no coincidence that some of the most interesting and promising developments on...

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