The Low Standards of Norman Rockwell’s Critics

All too many people are entirely settled in their opinion that Norman Rockwell’s art presents a “falsification” of reality: in short, he is charged with utopianism. This opinion is false, but nearly… [more]

The Low Standards of Norman Rockwell’s Critics The Low Standards of Norman Rockwell's Critics

Was 1964 the Most Important Year — Ever?

Ask an American of even above-average intelligence what happened in 1964, and the predictable answer would be “Beatlemania” (although the politically sensitive conservative might cite the stirring… [more]

Was 1964 the Most Important Year — Ever? Was 1964 the Most Important Year -- Ever?

Beauty and the Beer Holder in the Built Environnment

Rock Island, IL The combined Feb. 23 and March 2 issue of the New Yorker (2015) has some gems in it. I neglected a whole pint of beer reading Mary Norris’s “Holy Writ: Learning to Love the… [more]

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Tom-Cotton Sioux Center, Iowa.   Most Republican members of the U.S. Senate have signed a public letter to the Iranian government warning that any agreement with President Obama that is not approved by the Senate is likely to be transitory and counterproductive…
ncaa-basketball-floor What’s wrong with the world, apparently, is that hypocrisy is no longer the venerable thing it once was.
7022854879_f3c2077191_b Part of the pushback against the notion that groups can make decisions comes from the fear that we already use groups to absolve ourselves of individual responsibility. James Buchanan made this the central plank in his argument for the inevitability…
Augustine This post is part of a series that will explore what prominent thinkers can teach us about today’s public multiversity, the modern university with its many colleges, departments, and other administrative units that play multiple functions and roles in our…
feather It doesn’t matter which of our fantasies fail.
Church service Grand Rapids, MI Recently, in a posting entitled “A Culture of Millstones,” Katharine Dalton has lamented the too-colorful language her children are exposed to in church – words like whore, prostitute, pole-dance, and sleeping around.  Apparently some pastors, four in…
3598569577_d2960abe3d_b Mike Munger was recently on EconTalk, where he is a very regular guest. This time the subject of discussion was his latest book Choosing in Groups. Munger is an excellent political scientist and philosopher, but I wanted to challenge…
bilde In this excerpt from America Moved: Booth Tarkington’s Memoirs of Time and Place, 1869–1928, Tarkington reflects on the changes he observed in America following the end of the Great War. Not many of the soldiers who came back to…
WizardofOz The water doesn't give a damn what you think.
8292545493_a746f6e66b_b If it’s your thing — and it’s certainly not everybody’s thing — it’s not a bad time to be an apocalypticist. A few weeks ago, Pope Francis once again implored people to read Robert Hugh Benson’s novel of the Antichrist,…