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Christina Hoff Summers is hot with righteous indignation on boys' behalf.

We've got too many stimuli and not enough places to put them. And so, perhaps, we keep moving around the surplus excitement, sticking it onto this or that image, with the unintended consequence of creating the hyperreal.

Unusually sensitive to the fast-changing character of liberal social structures, C. Wright Mills proved impervious to the bitter ironies of reform.

The poor guy is obviously dyslexic, and dyslexic to the point of near-illiteracy.

Blessed with a pitch-perfect name for his métier, Lester Bangs
wrote on the subject of rock music--writing, for him, being a matter of
slamming two nouns together so their heads rang, an

After his death in 1975 at the age of 70, Lionel Trilling underwent
something of an eclipse.

If our political parties insist on producing bad show business, then the
least we should demand is that Hollywood make good movies.

American politicians are not noted for their historical self-consciousness.

Judith Miller is a New York Times reporter much in evidence on
talk shows and seminars on the Middle East.

Blogs

How do you rhyme “Obama” with “Yokahama”?

December 16, 2012

What's really bothering us is not whether torture works but that Americans are torturers.

December 14, 2012

The narrative in Kathryn Bigelow's soon-to-be-blockbuster endorses torture, at least implicitly.

December 12, 2012

Many in the media are criticizing Katheryn Bigelow’s depiction of torture in her new, critic-pleasing film.

December 11, 2012

November's victories at the ballot box show the drug war is vulnerable. 

December 10, 2012

One of Obama’s favorite TV shows warns him directly against the terror of drones.

December 10, 2012

Coming in as #15 on the New York Times bestseller list this Sunday, this revisionist history from a left perspective will reach more Americans than any other account in recent decades.

November 30, 2012

Check out new releases from Led Zeppelin, Elvis Presley and Peter Frampton.

November 30, 2012

Some details in Skyfall are just too silly to accept.

November 29, 2012

The twenty-something photographer talks about the changing face of journalism and giving women around the world a voice.

November 28, 2012