Sian Phillips, Kyle MacLachlan in ‘Dune’ (1984)

Dune’s Half-Century

A cult classic stands the test of time.

Aug 3, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 44 • By JOSEPH BOTTUM



Picture of a goat

Whose Fault Is It?

Laying the blame for blame.

May 14, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 33

Photo of the Encyclopedia Britannica

The End of Reference

Hail Britannica.

Mar 26, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 27

Painting of Mark Twain, Winston Churchill and Harry Truman sitting together

Bastard Wit

Joseph Bottum, in search of the right(-speaking) man

Jan 30, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 19

Photo of John Le Carre

Square’s Roots

As the Cold War ended, the compass went haywire.

Jan 2, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 16

Cartoon of grumpy elderly woman

Goodly Fragrance

Joseph Bottum, the scent of Christmas

Dec 26, 2011, Vol. 17, No. 15

Photo of Rowan Williams

The End of Canterbury

Will the sun set on the Anglican communion?

Dec 19, 2011, Vol. 17, No. 14

Photo of Marion Montgomery

Marion Montgomery, 1925-2011

Joseph Bottum on Marion Montgomery

Dec 12, 2011, Vol. 17, No. 13

Photo of Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, holding the King James Bible

The Good Book

How the King James Version came to be.

Dec 5, 2011, Vol. 17, No. 12

A child wearing goggles that say "Climate change kills" on them

Unchanging Science

Among other things the global warming crusaders got wrong: skepticism is a virtue, not a vice.

Nov 28, 2011, Vol. 17, No. 11

Photo of Kurt Vonnegut Jr. giving a speech

Kurt’s Cradle

Chronicling the rise and fall of the novelist-celebrity.

Nov 21, 2011, Vol. 17, No. 10

Classical painting next to picture of reality television show

The Cocktail-Party Test

Joseph Bottum: Who now reads?

Oct 31, 2011, Vol. 17, No. 07

Photo of a freshly painted wall

Small Perfections

Joseph Bottum, impatient perfectionist

Sep 19, 2011, Vol. 17, No. 01

Biden Photo

The Motley Fool

Sep 5, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 47

Government Forces Fluorescent Bulbs Picture

Let There Be Light, Sickly Blue Light

Goodbye, incandescent bulb. Salvation comes from the compact fluorescent lamp.

Aug 1, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 43

Airplane Cartoon

The Way We Fly Now

Joseph Bottum, Friendly Flyer

Jul 25, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 42

Abortion protesters

Catholic Power, Catholic Morals

Notre Dame drops trespassing charges against pro-lifers.

May 30, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 35

Lewis Carroll

Little Miss Liddell

The strange case of Dr. Dodgson and Mr. Carroll.

Apr 4, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 28

The War on Strunk and White

The War on Strunk and White

Joseph Bottum, anti-anti-Strunk & White

Mar 28, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 27

Church Social

Church Social

A personal view of faith turned inside out.

Mar 14, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 25

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