Leon Wieseltier
Literary Editor

The Smallness of Barack Obama: Diminishment, Drift, and Sighful Contemplation
January 29, 2014

Obama's defeatist State of the Union should have taken its cues from the words of an inspiring Chinese dissident.

Iran Is Not Our Friend
January 25, 2014

The post-American world is here: behold it and weep.

The Academic Boycott of Israel Is a Travesty
December 17, 2013

Who needs Abu Mazen to speak for the Palestinians when you can have an associate professor of ethnic studies at the University of California, San Diego? 

A Revelation on the Beach
December 12, 2013

Montecito is an impossibly lovely and privileged town between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the sea, just east of Santa Barbara. The place shows no signs of strain of any kind.

"By Doing Nothing in Syria, Obama Ensured That There Is Nothing We Can Do."
November 08, 2013

The grim morality of our realpolitik stance on Syria

Stanley Kauffmann, 1916-2013
November 08, 2013

For thirty years it was my custom at editorial meetings to begin my report on the next week’s issue with the words: “We have Kauffmann.” The last time I did so, I had a tear in my eye.

Dumbing Religion Down in the New York Times
October 24, 2013

Why We Talk in Tongues,” was the title of a recent column by T. M. Luhrmann. We? 

Science vs. the Humanities, Round III
September 26, 2013

Steven Pinker:In his commentary on my essay “Science is Not your Enemy,” Leon Wieseltier writes, “It is not for science to say whether science belongs in morality and politics and art.”  I reply: It is not for Leon Wieseltier to say where science bel

America Is Becoming Heartless in the Face of Evil
September 18, 2013

Comrades, we have lost. The only achievement of the Obama administration in the Syrian crisis so far has been to eliminate the humanitarian motive from American foreign policy. We have lost.

Crimes Against Humanities
September 03, 2013

Science goes where it doesn’t belong.