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Films have the capacity to incarnate the truth more powerfully than any other storytelling medium because, as my script-writing tutor used to remind us, “movies are motion pictures. That means they are pictures that move.” Visual action means that...
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The late Sen. Eugene McCarthy once said that only two kinds of religion are permitted in America: strong beliefs vaguely expressed or vague beliefs strongly expressed. In a similar way, it could be said that the same...
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In this essay, I propose that the paradigm presented by Matthew Arnold on the meaning of culture can and should be a response for understanding the eroding arts and humanities today. The Unmapped...
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Charles Nodier, the French Romantic writer who lived through the hells of the Reign of Terror and the wars of Napoleon, once pontificated upon the deeper relationship between nature and language. Specifically, Nodier attempted to define separate...
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I was first captivated by the story of Cyrano de Bergerac when I had a bit part in a college production of Edmund Rostand’s famous play. For those who are unfamiliar, Cyrano de Bergerac is a swashbuckling poet...

Last year Japanese animation director Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement with the release of his final film The Wind Rises­. This film is one of the most perfect and poignant works of motion picture art, live or animated,...
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To observe the decades-long paralysis of America’s political elite in controlling her borders calls to mind the insight of James Burnham in 1964 — “Liberalism is the ideology of Western suicide.” What...
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So there’s a lot more I could say about the ISI Conference. But because I have to give some wrap-up comments on the future of the tradition of liberty tomorrow, I’m going to limit...
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Taking offense certifies the modern man as one who cares. If we take offense on behalf of another, we can number ourselves among the sensitive and loving. If we take offense personally, we can brandish a stop...
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My professor once asked me if I thought the landmark decision of Roe v. Wade was logically decided. Being the devout pro-life, traditionalist Christian that I am, I said yes. It was perfectly logical, if of course, we...
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Great music pierces the soul...and can sometimes terrify it. Over the centuries, composers, like nearly all artists of every variety, have been fascinated by the subject of death and by the supernatural--the...
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Philanthropy, as far as I can see, is rapidly becoming the mark of a wicked man. G. K. Chesterton In my last essay I had the temerity to disagree with G. K. Chesterton over his idealization of the...
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Director M. Night Shyamalan's Signs tells the story of a farmer and his family in eastern Pennsylvania who are among the first to experience the onset of an alien invasion of the Earth. Graham Hess (Mel Gibson) is an...
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In the current geo-political climate, many express a fear of religious extremism. Especially in the light of ongoing Islamic terror attacks, many lump together all those who take their religious beliefs "to the extreme.” The assumption is that...