Arts & Culture
Arts & Culture, Reviews
Two Complete Novels of the American West: Hot Iron and The Time It Never Rained by Elmer Kelton
F. F. Mormanni July 15, 2021
Texas novelist Elmer Kelton’s West is a vivid, authentic world—one in which farmers struggle to keep their land, ranchers work backbreaking hours to support their families, cowboys explore the depths of the wilderness, and people make difficult but admirable choices in the face of adversity.
Arts & Culture, Good Living, Politics & Rights
Barbara Corcoran’s Excellent Advice for Women in Business
Joseph Kellard June 9, 2021
In essence, Corcoran holds that women can succeed in the business world if they focus on their goals, strategize and compete to demonstrate their value, and dismiss as non-essential such matters as gender and irrational prejudices.
Arts & Culture, Good Living, Reviews
Tangled, Directed by Nathan Greno and Byron Howard
Andreea Mincu June 9, 2021
Tangled shows the crucial role of bravery, independence, and self-esteem in overcoming obstacles to achieve one’s values and thus live fully.
Arts & Culture, Biographies
Michael Crichton: Jurassic Renaissance Man
F. F. Mormanni May 20, 2021
Michael Crichton is a source of unparalleled inspiration, demonstrating the power of an extraordinary imagination and showing how a few bold ideas are capable of sparking a worldwide revolution in entertainment.
Arts & Culture, Reviews
Ibsen’s Kingdom: The Man and His Works by Evert Sprinchorn
Timothy Sandefur May 14, 2021
“One of the most extraordinary features of Ibsen’s works,” Sprinchorn writes, is the way “each play grows out of its predecessor.” By examining them in order, he draws out their weightier elements, combining an acute understanding of theater and a thorough grasp of the political, social, and artistic controversies that set the background for Ibsen’s career.
Arts & Culture, Politics & Rights
‘Representation and Inclusion Standards’: The End of the Oscars
Andreea Mincu April 26, 2021
If the Oscars are to continue “celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking,” the Academy must scrap the preposterous idea of inclusion requirements and—as it has, historically—instruct its voting members to judge films “solely on . . . artistic and technical merits.”
Arts & Culture, History, Reviews
The Free World: Art and Thought in the Cold War by Louis Menand
Timothy Sandefur April 13, 2021
Louis Menand is a writer of great gifts, whose 2000 book The Metaphysical Club is a masterpiece of intellectual history. Unfortunately, The Free World: Art and Thought in the Cold War fails to recapture the magic. That’s partly because despite its bulk—880 pages—it’s curiously incomplete.
Arts & Culture, History, Politics & Rights
Celebrating Progress and Combating Complacency: An Interview with Virginia Postrel
Jon Hersey March 19, 2021
Award-winning writer Virginia Postrel discusses the stasist/dynamist divide, how it impacts people’s views on such things as style and glamour, and the incredible (though oft-overlooked) achievements that made possible the modern textile industry.