Should You Make New Year’s Resolutions?

Like many adult Americans, I have mixed feelings about New Year’s resolutions. On the one hand, as a type-A “go-getter,” I’m drawn to the idea of jotting down a list of nearly-impossible tasks like “Lose 30 pounds,” “Never lose my temper,” or “Learn Mandarin,” and at least, you know, giving it the ol’ college try … Continued


‘Chef’s Table’ and the Virtues of Limits

“When he considers a turnip, it’s like he’s falling in love.” That passion for turnips sets Chef Alain Passard apart from his peers in the world of haute cuisine. Fine French cooking revolves around meat, and the produce-forward menu at Passard’s Arpège in Paris seems to be its own storming of the Bastille. The first … Continued


Parenting and Prudence

Among the many controversies to emerge from the recent incident at the Cincinnati Zoo, the responsibilities of parenting is perhaps chief among them. I’m only a few years into parenthood, but I can say this with absolute confidence: Parenthood is the ultimate teacher and tester of the virtue of prudence. Let’s get this out of … Continued


Pop Culture Matters — Editor’s Note

Pop culture is ephemeral. Celebrities rise and fall (and then land reality TV shows exploring their feelings about their fall); television shows and movies come and go (and come back again in rebooted form). The “song of summer” this year will have faded from people’s memories long before fall arrives. But some aspects of popular … Continued


Are You Guilty of “Virtue-Signaling?”

British author James Bartholomew has secured his place in history. Recently, he invented the perfect phrase for our times: “virtue signaling.” Virtue signaling is the popular modern habit of indicating that one has virtue merely by expressing disgust or favor for certain political ideas, cultural happenings, or even the weather. When a liberal goes on … Continued


Hollywood’s Moving Tribute to Vets

On the night of Veterans Day, hundreds of thousands of people attended “The Concert for Valor” on Washington, D.C.’s National Mall (also available on HBO and Ustream), a three-hour concert that included a dozen musical acts, comedians, and gracious hosts, interspersed with emotional video vignettes about exceptional servicemen and women. Only a week after an … Continued