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Pope Francis

Maxims for Life, an Antidote to Hope: Part Two

Morality is a mixed thing. “Do we really want peace?” Pope Francis asks on Twitter. B...

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Lies and Literature

The first writer of supposedly classic status whom I ever read was W.W. Jacobs. He is not ...

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The Age of Expert Ignorance

Last year Tom Nichols, an ardent Never Trump Republican, published a popular book called T...

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A Question of Quackery

One cannot blame anyone for having failed to do the impossible, but the fact is, roughly s...

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The Sham of Equality

Equality has become one of the most insidious ideas in the language. I do not mean, of cou...

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The Loneliness Epidemic

Nations throughout the West have come to view loneliness as an epidemic, for it is increas...

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Taylor Swift

A Tay–Bey Melee

The celebrity battles of the 21st century tend to be fought most fanatically by foot-soldi...

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Conformity and Manipulation: The American Virtues

“My biggest flaw and strength,” says James Damore, “may be that I see things very di...

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The Case for Loafers

No doubt it is a sign of advancing age, and also of retirement, that these days I always t...

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The Grand Illusion

My best books are the ones I haven’t written. They are not yet even in the larval stage,...

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The Pain Principle

I hesitate, in this vale of tears, to bring before the public, however small it might be, ...

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The Pain Principle

I hesitate, in this vale of tears, to bring before the public, however small it might be, ...

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Isis flag

Should it Be a Crime to Hurt Allah’s Feelings?

Is there any evidence in the past 50 years of anyone, anywhere being charged with a “...

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Fare-Minded

I have long admired taxi drivers. They are often well-informed and have a clear-eyed view ...