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Napoleon in retreat after the Battle of Laon, 1814, by Ernest Meissonier

Refracted Glory

Napoleon on the downward slope

BY JAMES M. BANNER JR.

September 22, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 02

Westlake Lives!

Westlake Lives!

Tasty morsels from the late master’s larder

BY SUSAN VASS

September 22, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 02

Tom Cruise in ‘Magnolia’ (2000)

A Stellar Eclipse

The fault, dear moviegoers, is not in our stars

BY SONNY BUNCH

September 15, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 01

Sherlock Holmes and the case of the serial chuckler.

He Who Laughs

Sherlock Holmes and the case of the serial chuckler

BY JOE QUEENAN

September 15, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 01

Classical Dancing at Vassar, ca. 1916

In the Beginning .  .  .

How the study of words leads to thought

BY SUSAN KRISTOL

September 15, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 01

Bret Baier

A Healing Illness

Facing the unexpected, and inexplicable

BY PETER WEHNER

September 15, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 01

Symmes Gate, Williams College

Learn and Live

Doth this ex-Ivy Leaguer protest too much?

BY WILLIAM H. PRITCHARD

September 15, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 01

Hans Christian Anderson

Tale Wagger

The Dane who perfected the art of enchantment

BY EDWIN M. YODER JR.

September 15, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 01

The downward trajectory of global prestige

Turning Against Israel

The downward trajectory of global prestige

BY RONALD RADOSH

September 8, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 48

Goodman

Goodbye, Colossus

The last chapter of Philip Roth’s fiction

BY DANIEL ROSS GOODMAN

September 8, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 48

Harlem pedestrians (1940)

Where Was I?

The loss of distinction in the end of community

BY EDWIN M. YODER JR.

September 8, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 48

Costanza Bonarelli (ca. 1636)

Florentine Frustration

The loneliness of the long-distance art lover

BY JOSHUA GELERNTER

September 8, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 48

Churchill in India (1896)

Jewel in the Crown

The sun never set on Winston Churchill’s allegiance

BY ROBERT WARGAS

September 8, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 48

What is the Parthenon telling us?

Deep Frieze Meaning

What is the Parthenon telling us?

BY A.E. STALLINGS

September 8, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 48

The buzz about bees is not necessarily good.

Honey Trap

The buzz about bees is not necessarily good

BY TEMMA EHRENFELD

September 8, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 48

Grammar Lesson in New York (1961)

Take Your Medicine

This ‘prescriptive’ is a hard pill to swallow

BY BARTON SWAIM

September 1, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 47

Cook shed, Means & Evans Camp

Shall We Gather?

The history of Texas in the Bloys Camp Meeting

BY JOHN STEINBREDER

September 1, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 47

'...but let us never fear to negotiate' (John F. Kennedy)

Why Do We Read?

‘Wisdom and insight’ as the purpose of literature

BY JAMES SEATON

September 1, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 47

Boyhood (2014)

Real Time Passing

Not so mad about the boy, but the premise is promising

BY JOHN PODHORETZ

September 1, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 47

Arvo Pärt at the Met (2014)

Mystic Chords

The gospel according to the Arvo Pärt Project

BY CATHERINE P. LEWIS

September 1, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 47

The World of the John Birch Society

Giant Tennis Shoes

The overestimation of the John Birch Society

BY STEVEN F. HAYWARD

September 1, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 47

The Hunger Artists - A short-term investment in high-yield talent

The Hunger Artists

A short-term investment in high-yield talent

BY JOE QUEENAN

September 1, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 47

Bill Mauldin, Audie Murphy in ‘The Red Badge of Courage’ (1951)

Seeing ‘Red’

The imaginary lives of an American realist

BY JAMES SEATON

August 18 - August 25, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 46

Gardening as necessity, not avocation

Till Your Own

Gardening as necessity, not avocation

BY AMY HENDERSON

August 18 - August 25, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 46

Craft breweries, global corporations, and the making of beer

A Convivial Glass

Craft breweries, global corporations, and the making of beer

BY MARTIN MORSE WOOSTER

August 18 - August 25, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 46

The Jewish encounter with history

People of the Word

The Jewish encounter with history

BY PETER LOPATIN

August 18 - August 25, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 46

Reports of the perils of childhood have been greatly exaggerated

Fear Itself

Reports of the perils of childhood have been greatly exaggerated

BY ABBY W. SCHACHTER

August 18 - August 25, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 46

Montpelier, home of James Madison, Orange, Virginia

Quietly Revolutionary

The achievement(s) of James Madison

BY PATRICK ALLITT

August 18 - August 25, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 46

The spy who came in from the cold, and prospered

Genteel Treachery

The spy who came in from the cold, and prospered

BY HARVEY KLEHR

August 18 - August 25, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 46

Getty

The Son Also Rises

Titles, tangled webs, titillating journalism

BY EDWARD SHORT

August 18 - August 25, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 46

Luca Zingaretti as Inspector Montalbano (2000)

Sicilian Gumshoe

An unlikely setting for police procedurals

BY JON L. BREEN

August 18 - August 25, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 46

Portrait of the boy Mozart  by Giovanni del Re (ca. 1875)

The Real Amadeus

The Mozart of music, and the Mozart of the movies

BY COLIN FLEMING

August 18 - August 25, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 46