The puritanical undertones beneath the mess of 'Man of Steel'
When the early trailers for Zach Snyder’s new Superman movie, Man of Steel, premiered last year, it appeared that Warner Brothers was looking to piggyback on the success of its recent Batman franchise, The Dark Knight Trilogy.
In tomorrow's New York Times, Rachel Donadio has a hilarious piece on the Vatican's 'Gay Lobby,' which Pope Francis acknowledged this week in conversation. It seems that the previous Pope sent a dossier (dossier? really? The Vatican is like MI6) to his successor mentioning this gay lobby, and Pope Francis is reported as saying that, yes, indeed, it exists.
Back in the mid-'80s, this country engaged in a tortuous debate over aid to Nicaragua’s Contras. Perhaps you remember the freedom fighters who, with significant aid from the United States government (and from the charming junta of Argentina), waged a war against the also less-than-fastidious Sandinista movement that had overthrown the country’s military dictator. Eventually Congress got sick of the Reagan administration’s aid, and decided to pass the Boland amendments, which forbade directly military support to the counter-revolutionaries.
If a slain Muslim war hero had expressed the same views about other religions as Chris Kyle did, a profile of him would have called him an Islamist.
A defense of religion turns incoherent
A religiously-tinged argument for tolerance, like many others before it, eventually makes a case against the faith it is ostensibly promoting.
How injuries and egos ruined basketball's postseason
How injuries and egos ruined the basketball season.
He's won numerous tactical victories. His legacy will be strategic defeat
Being an obstructionist wasn't why he came to Washington.
A small victory for democracy
Yes, the election turned back power to a pol who once cultivated the Taliban and presided over a near-war with India. Here's why you should consider that a success.
Popcorn flicks can save your life
How the Iron Man star found redemption at the multiplex.
The Atlantic's absurd defense of Henry Kissinger
The Atlantic writer's apologia for Henry Kissinger is incoherent and amoral all at once.