Author Archives: LM

Is Richard Spencer the Alt Right’s Timothy Leary?

In The Spectator, Sam Leith asks “Might LSD be good for you?” There is something of a parallel between the sociology of psychedelics research and promotion and the Alt Right as a research and social movement. And there’s an uncanny … Continue reading

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Bryan Magee Interviews Bernard Williams About René Descartes

There used to be a time when things like this were on TV. My head almost exploded from just the title card alone:

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NYT: 96-Year-Old Secretary Donates $8.2 Million… But To Whom?

The NYT celebrates an act of philanthropy from a fortune amassed by questionable scruples (“96-Year-Old Secretary Quietly Amasses Fortune, Then Donates $8.2 Million”): Even by the dizzying standards of New York City philanthropy, a recent $6.24 million donation to the … Continue reading

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Rod Dreher’s Implicitly White Weekend

Rod Dreher reports on his Weekend At The (implicitly white) Bruderhof, which saw Ross Douthat discussing Patrick Deneen (Why Liberalism Failed) thesis: Douthat said there’s tension between that prescription and the description Deneen gives of a late modern civilization that … Continue reading

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Beyonce & the New Niggerati

Fitts Ward, Mako. “Queen Bey and the New Niggerati: Ethics of Individualism in the Appropriation of Black Radicalism”, Black Camera, Vol. 9, No. 1 (Fall 2017), pp. 146-163: ABSTRACT: This essay explores the contributions of Beyoncé to what I call … Continue reading

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Billy Joel – Allentown (1982)

Having gone through Billy Joel’s entire catalog recently (fun fact: his then wife Christie Brinkley, the ultimate shiksa, painted the wonderful album cover of River of Dreams), the song “Allentown” has been stuck in my head for nearly 2 weeks … Continue reading

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Talmud & Math Skills

When Jews begin acknowledging the simple fact that they have relatively high IQ or relatively superior math skills, is this a baby step for the Overton Window? David Kirsch ruminates on the role Talmudic scholarship may have played in developing … Continue reading

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On Michael Brendan Dougherty’s “The Church of Grievance”

In “The Church of Grievance”, Michael Brendan Dougherty distills the sense of transcendence that SJWs long for: But something is changing in victim politics. It is no longer an emotive call for political reform, or restitution for wrongs done. The … Continue reading

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Dreher Getting Closer to the Fire

Like the inexorable push towards mortality, Rod Dreher’s red-pilling inches forward: The point is to say that the myths that held us together — a common religion, a common history — are badly frayed, and it’s doubtful that they can hold … Continue reading

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King Lear 2018

A black actress is cast as Henry V, so naturally the NYT is ecstatic: Mr. O’Hara’s most obvious intervention is the casting of the engaging Zenzi Williams, an African-American actress, as Henry, a canny move that makes us ask some … Continue reading

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