The Secret World of American Spies in the Middle East
January 06, 2014

This is what it's like to be an American spy in the Middle East.

A Book-Length Defense of Big Banks Goes Long on Straw Men and Conspiracy Theories
January 02, 2014

Richard Bove's alarmist, snarky defense of big banks.

Please, Liberals: Stop Abusing 'A Tale of Two Cities'
It was the best of lines, it was the worst of lines
January 02, 2014

It was the best of lines, it was the worst of lines—and now it's a cliche with no connection to a great book.

There Will Never Be a Unified Theory of JFK
What a year of retrospectives missed about the martyred president
December 27, 2013

What the JFK retrospectives all missed is that JFK was psychologically inconsistent. Only his context explains him.

Stop Hating Scrooge!
The 'Christmas Carol' curmudgeon is a forward-thinking liberal
December 27, 2013

Now that Christmas is safely behind us, and the mob atmosphere of virtue and piety has evaporated; now that, in the post-holiday doldrums, the stacks of wrapping paper have removed themselves to their ghastly translucent plastic bags and the dead tre

Ten Books Any Student of American History Must Read
December 26, 2013

The most important books in shaping my thinking.

There Are 500 Identified Fetishes Out There. How They All Became Normal.
December 22, 2013

The real secret about perversion? It doesn't exist.

Why Russell Brand is Banned in Guantanamo Bay
December 20, 2013

A Guantamo detainee says he's been allowed to read 1984, but not the actor's "Booky Wook 2"

"The Beautiful and Damned" Is A Timeless Tale
December 20, 2013

F. Scott Fitzgerald died 72 years ago today. Read this old review of The Beautiful and Damned.