With so many other smart magazines publishing articles that could have been lifted from RT.com, it is difficult to swim against…
The nomination of a Supreme Court justice is the closest thing the United States has to the election of a pope.
January 25, 2016
When the lawyer tried to be my daddy, I wasn’t surprised. I knew when I began seeing older men that it would happen eventually.
Where do I start and stop, is what I want to know.
March 24, 2015
India's Great Wall
All national borders are imaginary. But some are more imaginary than others. And perhaps some nations are more imaginative too.
March 14, 2014
On Wendy Doniger's The Hindus
In February 2014, it emerged that Penguin India had agreed—after defending the book in court for four years—to an out-of-court settlement. The Hindus would cease to be sold in India, and the remaining inventory would be destroyed.
January 29, 2014
This essay will be a fantasy: varied and halting, devoid of high points, ceaselessly striving and failing to end. It begins with an intimate revelation: I have never had an abortion. Thirty years of untrammeled feminine heterosexuality, zero pregnancies. I never wanted children, so I used other methods of birth control, and they worked.
Sects on the beach
Pastor Parker Richard Green is standing near the entrance, by the railing where there’s a view of the water, drinking a beer. He’s 26 and almost aggressively healthy looking. Tawny of skin, blue of eye, blond of crew cut, he looks like he’s straight from the manufacturer, a human prototype intended to indicate the correct proportion of biceps to shoulders. His brow is square and his jaw is square, and maybe even his whole head is kind of square, but he’s pulling it off.
March 21, 2012
Lately Gibson has taken the role of embittered, vengeful victim beyond performance.
June 6, 2011
Though its forms and outcomes may be unpredictable and unstable, intercultural exchange is not a practical impossibility.
As a novelty, coffee was initially the object of some suspicion, as Nabil Matar shows in an inspired chapter of his Islam in Britain. While some claimed miraculous benefits from it, among its feared consequences were that it “causeth vertiginous headheach, and maketh lean much, occasioneth waking, and the Emirods, and asswages lust, and sometimes breeds melancholly.”
September 9, 2010
Berman’s writing in his new book, The Flight of the Intellectuals, is tighter, more claustrophobic. Gone are those sensational sentences; present are rage-filled declarations. The intellectuals have been willingly duped by a smooth Muslim con man; more important, they have abdicated their responsibility to anti-fascism and human rights. Berman is angrier than ever before, and indeed maybe for the first time.
August 18, 2010
A strong church and a strong community are two completely different things… Not in Rick Warren’s world.
October 16, 2009
We, The Blue Mist, the devoted fans of Kentucky basketball, have been watching The Door for twenty-four hours.
October 9, 2009
Who wants to be “Mr. Weaver-and-dyer-of-carpets”…—when you could be called the scion of Ahmad.
September 28, 2009
Jews for Jesus were only superficially interested in converts; theirs was an internally directed performance of faith.
August 4, 2009
So once upon a time there was an enchanted world and now it’s gone. Or is it?
May 31, 2009
It is neither Iran nor Turkey that dominates Inside Central Asia, nor the region itself, but rather Russia.
March 15, 2009
As if to fortify her characters against this void, Rice endowed the vampires with new, magical powers.
January 13, 2009
There is a persistent critical narrative according to which Robinson’s characters are too good, barely capable of drama.
The injunction had once been to marry Jews. Now it is merely to masturbate to them.
July 11, 2008
At the entrance, two stegosauruses stand sentinel on stone impediments.
In the once anonymous town of Petersberg, Kentucky, seven miles west of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, and “within a day’s drive of almost 2/3 of the U.S. population,” the Answers in Genesis Creation Museum makes a 27-million-dollar, 65,000-square-foot attempt to prove the Bible’s creation story is “the true history book of the universe.”
April 23, 2007
The Mist thirsts for University of Kentucky basketball 365 days a year.
They had to travel to see Kashmir; we lived here and did not need to travel. We waved at them; they waved back.
There was a gap, but it was not technological. The problem was “humint,” in intelligence-community parlance.
August 10, 2005
Methodism was defined by contradiction from its inception, as Hempton makes clear.