Post of the Week

R. J. Moeller’s post on C. S. Lewis’s double life as a Christian author and a complicated man.


There’s More to Life Than Being Successful

Listening to the Acculturated podcast with Rod Dreher, which we published yesterday, made me wonder about some of the cultural differences between the north and the south in this country. In an essay about the south for the New Criterion, the writer Barton Swaim notes that, unlike the south, the north is “more vulnerable to the cultural volatility and … Continued

Culture, Entertainment, Music

How Technology Is Killing Human Connections, Happy Hour Edition

Will everything one day be sacrificed on the altar of convenience and efficiency? When it comes to how we interact with each other, we certainly seem to be trending in that direction. E-mail, texting, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other innovations of the digital age have expanded our social networks in a breathtaking way while, at … Continued

Culture, Tech

Post of the Week

Mark Tapson’s excellent piece on cooking merits our Post of the Week award. Check out his thoughts on what he calls “the joylessness of cooking.”

Post of the Week

The Benefits of Optimism

Have you seen or read Silver Linings Playbook and/or Life of Pi? If you haven’t, I couldn’t recommend them more. My latest piece was actually inspired by these two phenomenal books/movies. In the piece, titled “The Benefits of Optimism Are Real,” I argue that a positive outlook on life is the most important predictor of resilience–or how … Continued

Books, Culture, Entertainment, Movies

Tupac Shakur & Helping Men Become Men

I recently came across an old song by Tupac Shakur, “Keep Ya Head Up.” It was another reminder of a phenomenon that has become part of our culture in the last forty years: the absence of men, which has forced women to try and teach men how to be men. Here are some lyrics from “Keep … Continued

Entertainment, Music

Why Have Kids? They Make Life Meaningful

by Mark Tapson No sooner had I cleaned my seven-week-old daughter’s poop off my lap the other day (don’t ask) than my two-year-old tried and failed to empty a jug of milk into a teacup she had perched atop a stack of art books (you have to understand what a book fetish I have to … Continued

Culture, Parenting

Could Today’s “American Girl” Be Any Blander?

Have you read any of the American Girl books? I just finished the 2013 Girl of the Year installment about a 4th-grader named Saige and, as my first introduction into the juggernaut that is the American Girl LLC universe, I have to admit I’m underwhelmed. The fact that there are books to accompany every American … Continued


Zero Recognition for Zero Dark Thirty

After Sunday’s broadcast of the Academy Awards, many noticed the Oscars’ silence in response to this year’s film directed by Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty. Jessica Chastain, whose performance was thought by many to be awarded Best Actress, lost to Jennifer Lawrence of Silver Linings Playbook. Some say the Academy overlooked Zero Dark Thirty, and some say for … Continued

Entertainment, Movies

Jennifer Lawrence: From Cute to Vulgar

by Ashley E. McGuire Jennifer Lawrence, Hollywood’s new “It girl,” appears to have charmed the world with her post-Oscar press conference, now going viral on Facebook. I can’t for the life of me understand why. Rather than present herself as a beautiful, elegantly-dressed 22-year old basking in her Academy Award glory, Lawrence comes off as a … Continued