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December 2014

Fred Siegel
It’s the Unions | The alliance of public-sector workers and compassionate liberal elites is driving America into the ditch.
19 December 2014

Roger L. Simon
Sniping at the Oscars | Eastwood’s latest falls down; Birdman soars.
12 December 2014

E. J. McMahon
Hiya, Big Spender! | For good or ill, Nelson Rockefeller’s legacy lives on.
4 December 2014

November 2014

Stefan Kanfer
The Horror! The Horror! | A weighty tome devoted to H.P. Lovecraft, guru of the ghastly
21 November 2014

Stephen Eide
Delusions of a Goo-Goo | Zephyr Teachout sees corruption everywhere.
14 November 2014

Matthew Hennessey
Whole Lotta Killer | An entertaining new biography of Jerry Lee Lewis can’t salvage his disappointing legacy.
7 November 2014

October 2014

Stefan Kanfer
Murder Movie | A behind-the-scenes look at vice and violence in silent-era Hollywood
31 October 2014

Aaron M. Renn
City Smart | Data technology is transforming urban governance.
24 October 2014

Myron Magnet
The Last Founding Father | Richard Brookhiser’s new biography of Lincoln is splendid.
17 October 2014

Herbert W. Stupp
Conservatism’s Origins and Prospects | A new anthology covers the movement’s many divergent strands.
3 October 2014

September 2014

Matthew Hennessey
Irreplaceable | When inner-city Catholic schools close, the inner city suffers.
19 September 2014

Charles Upton Sahm
The Little School that Could | The connection between MLK and New York City’s school choice pioneers
12 September 2014

Steven Malanga
It’s Hard to be Saints in the City | A new documentary shows how Benedictine monks make men out of Newark’s boys.
2 September 2014

August 2014

Sol Stern
When the Instructors Need Instructing | A new book reveals the damage education schools have done to pedagogy.
22 August 2014

Nicole Gelinas
All the World’s Not a Stage | London’s recent theater offerings have sickened audiences—and that’s a good thing.
14 August 2014

Matthew Hennessey
Comedy’s Cost | No one worked harder to make us laugh than Robin Williams.
12 August 2014

Fred Siegel
Liberalism on the Rocks | Two recent books appraise the contemporary Left, with varying results.
8 August 2014

Stefan Kanfer
“The American Theater’s First Broad” | Elaine Stritch, R.I.P.
1 August 2014

Jared Meyer
Judge More | It’s not judicial activism, but judicial abdication, that enables government overreach, a new book argues.
1 August 2014

July 2014

Laura Vanderkam
Overstated | Maybe we’re not so pressed for time after all.
25 July 2014

Nicole Gelinas
Progressive Impatience | Yale history professor David Huyssen sees the idealistic reformers of the last century as mere capitalist tools.
18 July 2014

Anthony Paletta
Architectural Healing | The easy grace and infectious enthusiasm of James Stewart Polshek
18 July 2014

Stefan Kanfer
Summer Shorts in a Wide Range of Styles | Poet and newspaperman William Cullen Bryant is finally recognized as a first-rate short-story writer.
11 July 2014

Heather Mac Donald
Cinderella Man | Javier Camarena’s breakout performance at the Met announces the arrival of a new opera star.
11 July 2014

Katherine Ernst
Thus Spoke Zlatanustra | M.I.A. from the World Cup, Ibrahimović scores on the page.
8 July 2014

Fred Siegel
The Poverty of Benevolence | Fifty years of the Great Society have made things worse for blacks, not better.
2 July 2014

June 2014

Guy Sorman
Opportunity for All | How freedom of choice improves education
20 June 2014

Daniel DiSalvo
Workers of the World, Reminisce! | Reliving the glorious past of America’s private-sector unions
13 June 2014

Steven Malanga
A Biological Basis for Race? | Nicholas Wade’s credible new book challenges conventional wisdom about genetics.
6 June 2014

Vincent J. Cannato
No-Fault Liberalism | The John Lindsay era, without regret or apology
3 June 2014

May 2014

Yevgeniy Feyman
The Golden Age Is Now | For all the world’s problems, human beings have never had it better.
23 May 2014

Matthew Hennessey
Bobcats | For some fans of Bob Dylan, no level of involvement is enough.
16 May 2014

Stefan Kanfer
Portrait of a Western Man | Scott Eyman’s biography of John Wayne airbrushes away some warts.
9 May 2014

Stephen Eide
Empire State Cincinnatus | We need more public servants like Richard Ravitch.
2 May 2014

April 2014

Fred Siegel
The Collapse of American Pluralism | A new book gets the problem right but the solution wrong.
25 April 2014

Guy Sorman
The Liberals’ New Hero | Why Thomas Piketty’s wrongheaded economic manifesto is all the rage
22 April 2014

Steven Malanga
Welcome to the Jungle | Napoleon Chagnon’s study of human nature in the Amazon—and the academy
13 April 2014

Daniel DiSalvo
With Friends Like These | Preaching to the converted, a staunch defender of public-sector unions does them no favors.
4 April 2014

March 2014

Barry Strauss
Under the Banner of Women | History shows that love and war are not always opposites.
27 March 2014

Fred Siegel
The Midwest Will Rise Again | In fact, the region may well decide our next president.
21 March 2014

Matthew Hennessey
God’s Lucky Man | The “charmed life” of Shane MacGowan
14 March 2014

Myron Magnet
Montpelier Restored | Notes on a recent visit to James Madison’s estate
12 March 2014

Andrew Klavan
A New Thing on Netflix | House of Cards is not a conservative show—except when it is.
5 March 2014

February 2014

Harry Stein
Air Balls | A new biography of John Wooden rarely scores.
28 February 2014

Heather Mac Donald
Piano Man | If classical music must have a rock star, let it be Lang Lang.
21 February 2014

Laura Vanderkam
“The Story of America Itself” | Dale Carnegie’s influential life
13 February 2014

Matthew Hennessey
Every Moment Was True | Philip Seymour Hoffman, R.I.P.
3 February 2014

January 2014

Ryan L. Cole
George Catlin, Artist-Adventurer | A new biography is worthwhile when not bogged down with distractions.
31 January 2014

Stefan Kanfer
Classic Failure | Commercial-free WQXR-FM falls far short of its promise.
24 January 2014

Ian Penman
So Hip It Hurts | Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen looks back.
16 January 2014

Colette Arredondo
Sacred Revival | A Catholic architect calls for churches that “look like churches.”
10 January 2014