Farm-to-Fable: The Limits of Foodie Pilgrims
October 11, 2012

Food has become a tendentious theater in America’s ever-morphing culture wars.

Race to the Flop—The Problem with Affirmative Action
October 10, 2012

Fisher v. University of Texas “might become the biggest case ever on racial preferences in university admissions.”

The Backscratcher: Bob Woodward’s Anti-Obama Bias
October 09, 2012

The problem with Woodward's latest isn't its tediousness, it's the unabashed bias against President Obama.

Portishead: The Literary Genius of Charles Portis
October 08, 2012

Despite the intense devotion Portis inspires, he has remained a very shadowy literary figure.

How the GOP Destroyed its Moderates
October 05, 2012

Moderate Republicanism is not intellectually dead. So where is it?

Gangsta’s Paradise: Dennis Lehane Goes One Noir Too Far
October 05, 2012

Unfortunately, Live by Night is not a prickly, tight Lehanean crime-thriller.

Search Me: Fourth Amendment Rights in Jeopardy
October 04, 2012

More Essential Than Ever, a survey of Fourth Amendment law, has warnings about the Amendment’s demise that are hotter than they need to be.

The Chamber of Secrets: J.K. Rowling's Second Act
October 03, 2012

The Casual Vacancy is a loose, baggy novel, but once a central narrative starts to emerge, the result is penetrating and pleasantly acerbic.

Katherine Mansfield
October 02, 2012

As an artist, it is clear that Mansfield was the forerunner, in English prose, of a new kind of sensibility.

Overruled: How Conservative Was Chief Justice Rehnquist?
October 02, 2012

That Rehnquist was a conservative who tended to vote against parties whom liberals favor is true. The question is what to make of this observation.