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.

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


Melania Trump’s High Heels Are Good for America.

The latest outrage in the media is the fact that first lady Melania Trump was photographed wearing high-heeled shoes while leaving the White House to visit flood-ravaged Texas. Social media is lighting up about what will no doubt be called “stilettogate.” Liberals are pouncing, denouncing the first lady as an out of touch Marie Antoinette … Continued


Is Generation X America’s Last Hope?

Rich Cohen has written a funny and penetrating essay in the new issue of Vanity Fair. The piece argues that Generation X, those born between the mid-1960s and the early 1980s, have the kind of sensibility that can provide sanity in our hysterical post-modern age. Cohen is on to something. Generation X, he writes, was … Continued


Instead of ‘Confederate’, HBO Should Make a Miniseries about Communism

HBO is planning a series, Confederate, whose premise is a dystopian America in which the South won the Civil War. Despite having not yet begun production, Confederate has been widely criticized, with critics such as Roxanne Gray calling the show “slavery fan fiction.” The problem isn’t the show’s premise, however, it’s the historical period the … Continued