Culture

New York City is a strange place in many, many ways. This is to be expected. After all, squeezing that many people into that small a space defies both logic and common sense. Then there is the economic...
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One of the finest American teachers acquiesced a few years ago to be my mentor. I am a stranger to the good man, but he agreed to answer my questions because he is in possession of...
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When magicians are omnipotent there is no magic. Heroes need a flaw and the chance to fall or there is no story. Complete plenty eliminates desire, and when everything is visible imagination dies. So I mused...
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“And who is my neighbor?” So begins Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan, which contains one of the great Christian teachings. Though most are familiar with the parable, it bears repetition. Jesus tells of a man who is overtaken...
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In his Essay on Duties, Marcus Tullius Cicero tells a story about Cato the Elder, a wealthy man renowned as a landowner, who lived a century before Cicero. One day Cato was asked, what is the most...
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Legend recalls lyricist Ira Gershwin turning up at work looking miserable and recounting to his brother, the composer George, a recurring nightmare in which Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and other classical greats “all came back to...
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Five American troops moved briskly through the streets of Kandahar, their weapons at the ready. It was not yet mid-morning, and things had already broken down. Separated from their convoy, they were following an Afghan prosecutor to the...
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Speaking to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Albuquerque in 2001, George W. Bush declared that, as Mexico was a friend and neighbor, “It’s so important for us to tear down our barriers and walls that might separate...

Marilynne Robinson Thanks to Carl Eric Scott for calling attention to the strengths and weaknesses of the moral, political, scientific, and theological views of Marilynne Robinson (perhaps our best living novelist) by highlighting Paul Seaton’s balanced and smart review...
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The Queen of England was on her deathbed without an heir. Exiled to France, the twenty- six-year-old prince was the rightful king. The English courtiers wrote to offer him the throne, but he turned...

“This is the end. Beautiful friend. This is the end. My only friend, the end.”—Jim Morrison, 1967 It’s hard to turn around in 2014 without encountering someone talking or writing about the Apocalypse. This isn’t new, of...
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I don't know where we went wrong, but the feelin's gone and I just can't get it back! (Gordon Lightfoot, "If You Could Read My Mind," 1969) Love never ends. (St. Paul, 1 Corinthians 13:8) To an alien...

I have been told that in the world of professional wrestling, popular villains are known as “cool heels.” Professional wrestling hardly is on the cutting edge of moral theory or even trends in popular culture. But its inclusion...

One of the main reasons that detractors of the gold standard contend it is a “barbarous relic” (in John Maynard Keynes’s phrase) is that it was implicated in so many financial panics and economic busts back in its...