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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.


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

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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

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‘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

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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

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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

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Guess What? Men Can’t ‘Have it All’ Either

Sorry, guys. We can’t have it all any more than women can. That’s according to a well-researched article in the new edition of 1843 magazine. Emily Bobrow reports that between 1977 and 2008, “the percentage of American fathers in dual-earner couples who suffered from work-family conflicts jumped from 35% to 60%.” During the same period, … Continued

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‘Cultural Appropriation’ at the Movies? Not in ‘Norman’

Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer, a new movie starring Richard Gere, is intelligent, funny, captivating and ultimately profound. It’s also a perfect response to liberal cries about stereotypes and “cultural appropriation” in movies. Norman argues for giving acting roles to the best actors, regardless of ethnicity. It also … Continued

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Why Teenagers without Summer Jobs Risk Social Failure

One of the most fascinating aspects of the new documentary Becoming Bond is how a summer job led to George Lazenby landing the role of James Bond. In the early 1950s, Lazenby, an Australian teenager, got a job as a used car salesman. Lazenby would go on to become a model and eventually play James … Continued

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