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Mark Hemingway is a Senior Writer for The Weekly Standard. He has written for The Wall Street Journal, MTV.com, Reason and numerous other publications. Prior to joining The Weekly Standard, he worked at The Washington Examiner, National Review, Market News International, and USA Today. He has appeared on C-Span's "Washington Journal", CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and National Public Radio's "All Things Considered'. He was the recipient of a Gold Award journalism fellowship from the Phillips Foundation in 2003 and was a Global Prosperity Initiative fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in 2003 and 2004. Originally from Bend, Oregon, he now lives in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife Mollie Ziegler Hemingway and two daughters.



Pop Culture is No Substitute for Politics

Ebola, Solyndra, IRS hard drives, Benghazi, “If you like your health care plan… ,” Fast and Furious, spying on journalists, ISIS, droning American citizens, Joe Biden… it’s getting really tough to pinpoint the worst thing about the Obama presidency. While many of those developments are extremely consequential, let me humbly suggest that the following Vine … Continued

Culture

A Christian Movie That’s Actually Good

The Christian film industry is something to contend with. Critics may ravage films such as Fireproof, October Baby, and Soul Surfer, but they’ve been modest hits, and most importantly, quite profitable. All the major studios have created marketing departments to go after faith-based audiences. But while most of these films aren’t as bad as secular … Continued

Entertainment, Movies

The Best New Show on “TV”

For the first time since the heyday of the The Simpsons, I’m happy to report the best show on TV is an animated comedy. Technically, BoJack Horseman is available on Netflix so it’s not actually on TV, but it deserves all the eyeballs it can get in our fragmented media ecosystem. The set-up is intriguing, … Continued

Entertainment, Television

Face It: Solange is More Talented than Beyoncé

Everyone is obsessed with Beyoncé Knowles. Her appeal largely escapes me, and somehow I’ve yet to be captured and hauled off to the reeducation camp by The Beygency. Yes, I agree that she is an amazing performer, insofar as these things are scientifically provable. The website Deadspin actually did a spectrum analysis of her now … Continued

Entertainment, Music

Jennifer Lawrence: The Face That Launched 1,000 Hackers

I know I might as well stamp “tragically unhip” on my forehead by admitting this, but right now I’m rereading The Iliad. You know, Homer. They made a movie of it with Brad Pitt a few years back? I just can’t get enough of dactylic hexameter! (I’m not kidding—it’s 600-page poem.) Anyway, plowing through a … Continued

Culture


Horror Movies for the Rest of Us

For the last decade or so, we’ve been in the midst of a horror movie revival. It seems that every other week brings a new fright flick to the multiplex. Already this year we’ve had another Paranormal Activity sequel, Holy Ghost People, The Sacrament, Haunt, In Fear, Afflicted, The Borderlands, Oculus, Something Wicked, The Quiet … Continued

Entertainment, Movies

Louis CK and the Thought Police

There’s an old joke, and it’s offensive in certain circles, but I’m going to tell it anyway because, damn it ,this is America: How many feminists does it take to screw in a light bulb? That’s not funny. Like a lot of jokes that are funny, it’s funny because it’s recognizably true. At the moment, … Continued

Entertainment, Television

Let’s Kick Elitism Out of Rock and Roll

The intersection of pop culture and politics is a dangerous place for even the most seasoned artists, and it’s certainly no place for kids. And yet, the New York Daily News informs us that the progeny of some of D.C.’s biggest power players have formed their own rock band: The 12-year-olds in the rock ‘n’ … Continued

Entertainment, Music