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.

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


Football Changed My Life. Now I Can’t Watch It.

It’s August, which means the National Football League begins readying for a new season of play. When I was in high school, football changed my life. Now, I can’t bring myself to watch the game. It’s sad watching huge and very fast men giving each other concussions. A study just published in the Journal of … Continued


Why Lindy West Wants Men to Stick Up for Her

Lindy West wants white men to stick up for her. In her debut column for the New York Times, feminist West answers the question she gets asked a lot by well-meaning dudes: How can we support people like you? West’s response is eloquent: “Just stick up for us.” She writes: “[Guys] want to know what … Continued


‘Spider-Man’ and ‘Baby Driver’ Explore the Dangerous Freedom of Being an Orphan – and Becoming a Man

Spider-Man: Homecoming and Baby Driver are two new films with a similar premise: a teenage orphan is transformed and given extraordinary abilities, and as a result is ushered into the adult world. In Spidey’s case, as everyone knows, a radioactive spider gives Peter Parker (Tom Holland), orphaned shortly after his birth, amazing strength and the … Continued


Selective Editing Sinks Press Freedom Documentary ‘Nobody Speak’

The new Netflix documentary, Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press, sets out to defend the media. However, its deceptive editing undermines any sympathy that a careful viewer might have had for the film or its subject. Directed by Brian Knappenberger, Nobody Speak’s thesis is that the First Amendment and press freedom are being threatened … Continued


Is the Era of Violent Video Games Ending?

Rime, one of the gentlest, most emotionally moving and philosophically profound video games of 2017, is the result of a near-death experience. It happened when Raúl Rubio Munárriz, the creator of Rime, was drowning. On vacation in the Mediterranean, Munárriz swam a mile out into the sea to a buoy, which he discovered was too … Continued