Mark Judge is a journalist and filmmaker. His books include A Tremor of Bliss: Sex, Catholicism, and Rock 'n' Roll and Damn Senators: My Grandfather and the Story of Washington's Only World Series Championship. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and the Daily Caller. He writes a weekly column for Real Clear Books and is the producer of Whittaker Chambers: A Documentary Film, which is now in production.

Is it Time for Conservatives to Reconsider the 1960s?

For several decades, conservatives have been tilting our lances at the 1960s. The decade of street protests, psychedelica, kooky environmentalism, Eastern religious experimentation and rock-and-roll is, in many conservatives’ view, the lodestar of all things bad. What did the sixties give us? Addiction, promiscuity, social justice warriors and New Age bunk. Many of these arguments … Continued


For Christmas, Give Books that Last a Lifetime

Some of the best presents you can give to people over the holidays, or give yourself, are lavish books. I’m not talking about normal books, even the nice hardbacks from the display rack at Barnes & Noble. I mean beautifully crafted, very expensive books that will last a lifetime. Such books, only offered by special … Continued


The Male Mentorship Crisis and ‘Call Me By Your Name’

The most buzzed-about film of the holiday season is Call Me By Your Name, directed by Luca Guadagnino and starring Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet. The reviews have been rapturous. Still, there is something problematic about Call Me By Your Name. It tells the story of a sexual affair between a seventeen-year-old boy named Elio … Continued


How ‘Poptimism’ Killed Intelligent Rock Music

The Smiths, a British band that was popular in the 1980s and by now has achieved iconic status, has just issued a deluxe edition of their 1986 masterpiece, The Queen is Dead. I saw the Smiths in Washington, D.C. when they were on tour for the album when it first came out, and listening to … Continued


Why Professional Culture Warriors Should Get a Real Job

As someone who has spent most of his life in the volatile field of journalism, I’ve often had to take part-time work between jobs or when things are slow, which has been frequent since the digital revolution. These gigs have ranged from the rewarding (substitute teacher), to the luxurious (housesitting and pool maintenance for summer … Continued


Hugh Hefner and the ‘Playboy’ Philosophy

Many of the eulogies for Playboy founder Hugh Hefner seem small and inadequate, like a play-by-play sportscaster remembering a great athlete. Most commentators are focusing on Hefner’s later life, after Playboy was established and he became something of a pajama-clad joke. “The only lesson of Hef is contained in the arc from his ‘jazz and … Continued


Why Are Some Journalists Acting Like Snowflakes?

While covering the Spanish Civil War, George Orwell got shot through the neck by a sniper. After his book on motorcycle gangs was published, Hunter S. Thompson was viciously beaten by the Hell’s Angels. In 2011, Lara Logan of CBS was sexually assaulted and nearly scalped while reporting in Egypt. And NBC’s Katy Tur got … Continued