The Post-Embarrassment Age

Mark Twain once said that, “Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to.” In our age, though, people still have reason to blush, but don’t seem to remember how. As Christine Rosen notes , we now live in a post-embarressment era: What ever happened to embarrassment? Why are an . . . . Continue Reading »

A Hundred Dollars Worth of Pretty

When the new counterfeit-resistant $100 bill was introduced last week I lamented how ugly our money had become. Today I found even more reason to be discouraged: I see what should have been . Designer Michael Tyznik offers an alternative design that is as beautiful as the real bill is homely. The . . . . Continue Reading »

Religion, Politics… and Sand

If you’re planning to be on the North Carolina outer banks Memorial Day, you’ll want to stop by the Sanderling Resort at Duck Beach for quite a unique set of talks , to be followed by discussion.  This is hosted by the up-and-coming new educational foundation, The John Adams Center . . . . Continue Reading »

Amazonian History

Meghan McArdle suggests —as a time capsule—looking back in the order history to see what the first thing you bought from Amazon was. On May 21, 1998, she says, she bought The Moon is a Harsh Mistress and Miss Manners’ Guide for the Turn of the Millenium . An interesting experiment. . . . . Continue Reading »

Beyondism, Again

Over at National Review , Kevin D. Williamson has a nice posting writes about William Saletan’s latest piece in Slate : Beyond the non-obvious argument that Bush’s “fatal flaw” was that he was too much of an abstract thinker (!), Saletan here is, forgive the hackneyed . . . . Continue Reading »

FT Blog Fundraiser Continues

I have been heartened by the response to FT’s fundraiser to help defray its costs to host the many First Things blogs.  It is doing so in a manner that offers real value for the buck.  If you go to this link, you can subscribe to First Things magazine for only $19.95 a year.  . . . . Continue Reading »

Listing Influential Books…

Because it is fashionable to be late and lists are fun, let’s think about the books that most influenced our early intellectual formation. Not too long ago, some writers on my reading list presented their contributions: Ross Douthat, Tyler Cowen, Austin Bramwell, Daniel McCarthy, Thursday. . . . . Continue Reading »

How to Become an Expert on Waterboarding

As I said few months ago, when it comes to the issue of whether waterboarding is torture I trust experts like former Navy SEAL and SERE instructor Malcolmn Nance over speechwriters like Marc Thiessen. Now Nance is offering to help make Theissen an expert on the topic : I spent twenty years in . . . . Continue Reading »