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Ismenia Mendes and Isabelle Fuhrman in Mac Beth(Carol Rosegg) ow does one make a Shakespearean tragedy relevant? This spring, two separate New York City productions reached the same answer — gender politics. The Cort Theatre’s King Lear playing on Broadway starred Glenda Jackson, the 83-year-old English actress and former British MP, in the title role. [...]

Welcome to Washington’s Silly Season

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (right) speak to the media after a meeting with President Trump at the White House, May 22, 2019. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) omebody tried to play a dirty trick on Nancy Pelosi, slowing down and editing a video of her to make it appear as though she [...]

An F/A-18E Super Hornet takes off from the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, under way in the Arabian Sea, May 16, 2019. (Mass Communication Specialist Third Class Jeff Sherman/US Navy) ifficulties with Iran will recur regularly, like the oscillations of a sine wave, and the recent crisis — if such it was, or is — illustrates persistent [...]

America’s Best Defense Against Socialism

Detail of Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States by Howard Chandler Christy, 1940 (Wikimedia) he United States of America has flummoxed socialists since the nineteenth century. Marx himself couldn’t quite understand why the most advanced economy in the world stubbornly refused to transition to socialism. Marxist theory predicts the immiseration [...]

Classic American Art in the Doldrums

A Lake Twilight, 1861, by Sanford Robinson Gifford (Courtesy Sotheby’s) arlier this week, I attended the spring American sales at Christie’s and Sotheby’s. The American art market is a thousand little, often hermetically sealed markets, but demand for American art before, say, 1900, in all media, is feeble and near comatose. The market for American [...]

Help Us Fight Campus Craziness

(Charles Mostoller) o me, it seems pretty obvious that socialism is terrible. After all, do you know what’s not terrible? Freedom. But unfortunately, folks at colleges and universities all across the country seem to be favoring extreme government intervention — intervention that would come, of course, at the expense of exactly those freedoms that anyone with a brain knows we should cherish. So I’m asking [...]

Pop Culture’s Progress Toward Tragedy

Anna Gunn and Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad(AMC) aul Cantor is America’s foremost Shakespearian. His books, especially on Shakespeare’s Roman plays, are the best scholarly accounts we have because they bring to bear not only literary studies, but political philosophy. That is, when characters speak in a play, Cantor thinks about their political situation and [...]

The Case for Taking Psychedelics Seriously

Psilocybin mushrooms (Wikimedia) ention magic mushrooms to a social conservative and expect a patronizing stare. Magic is for wizards; fungi are for stews. Mixing the two leads teenagers to jump out of windows. Such skepticism has its merits. In the 1960s, Harvard Psychology professor Timothy Leary famously led the charge for a psychedelic nation. After [...]

Federal Judge Blocks Mississippi Abortion Law

(Unsplash)A federal judge on Friday blocked enforcement of a new Mississippi law that bans abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected. “By banning abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat, the law prevents a woman’s free choice, which is central to personal dignity and autonomy,” wrote Judge Carlton Reeves of the U.S. District Court for the [...]

Medics near the site of a suspected bomb attack in central Lyon, France, May 24, 2019. (Emmanuel Foudrot/Reuters)French authorities are treating an explosion in the city of Lyon on Friday evening as a possible terror attack. The explosion of what investigators believe was a parcel bomb filled with screws, nuts, and bolts injured seven people, including [...]

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