Culture

The return of “Making It”

Featured image John Leland interviews and profiles former Commentary editor Norman Podhoretz in today’s New York Times. Leland’s article is “Norman Podhoretz still picks fights and drops names.” It’s an informative profile that looks back on a long career spent at or near the top of the New York intellectual and literary crowd. I would like to add this footnote to Leland’s profile. Podhoretz came of age in the Age of Criticism, »

A Day With Women

Featured image I know that today was International Women’s Day because it was all over my Instagram feed. (By the way, Instagram is the only social medium that I like, because it is almost completely nonpolitical. I use it only for personal stuff, but if you like, you can follow me at johnhinderaker.) However, the “Day Without Women” campaign that was promoted by left-wingers in the U.S. was a complete bust, as »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Taking the view from Sunset Boulevard, Ammo Grrrll has visions of CRAZY CHRISTIANS. She writes: Turn on a television crime drama. Here is a scenario that occurs with nauseating regularity: The investigators go to the house of a person of interest in the murder of a young girl. The timid woman who answers the door is wearing a cross. Uh-oh. That’s called a “clue.” I always turn to Mr. AG »

And the best picture is…

Featured image Like John and Steve, I will be doing something else during the Academy Awards broadcast tonight. Unlike them, however, I would like to put in a good word for a few of the movies that are up for the Best Picture award tonight. For personal reasons you would understand, I set out to see each of the nine Academy Award Best Picture nominees this year. I don’t think I have »

Another Reason Not to Watch the Oscars

Featured image Like Steve, I haven’t watched the Oscars in a long time, certainly not in this century. Actually, the last Best Picture nominee I am aware of seeing is Beauty and the Beast, so my connection with Hollywood is tenuous. I wouldn’t dream of watching what promises to be an anti-Trump smugfest, but here is one more reason to stay away: the New York Times is going to advertise its commitment »

Two worlds of a Soviet spy

Featured image The great Harvey Klehr is best known as a groundbreaking historian of the Cold War, having authored or co-authored over a dozen books on the subject of American Communism. He was one of the first researchers to get into the Venona Papers after the fall of the Soviet Union. His dive in the archives produced Venona: Decoding Soviet Espionage in America in 1999. (These were the Soviet documents that proved »

Thinkin’ about “Lincoln” again

Featured image Steven Spielberg’s 2012 film Lincoln seems to have dropped from our cultural consciousness. Perhaps the cognitive dissonance it induces on the left suppresses its memory. As we celebrate the anniversary of Lincoln’s birthday today, I want to take a look back at the film with the notes I offered at the time. I put just about everything important that I know about Lincoln into them. Until reading David Brooks’s obtuse »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll continues her post-election series in GET A GRIP! Part 3 – VIRTUE SIGNALING WITHOUT THE VIRTUE. She writes: One of the most unnerving aspects of the Great Democrat Freakout has been the astonishing level of nastiness unleashed. Like lynch mobs everywhere, the larger the audience, the more unhinged the behavior of individuals in the crowd. An aging, has-been singer shrieks her fantasy of blowing up the White House. »

SNL salutes Dear Leader [with comment by Paul]

Featured image Do you get the feeling that the left has lost its mind and gone brain dead at the same time? I do. I offer into evidence Exhibit DII of the Age of Trump. In the video below, “Cecily Strong and Sasheer Zamata pay tribute to President Obama” — that’s the way NBC put it — with their utterly creepy performance of “To Sir, With Love.” They played it straight, just »

Why America hates Hollywood, or should

Featured image John has already written about the Trump hate-fest at the Golden Globe awards last night. I want to focus on Meryl Streep’s attack on the president-elect. Streep hammered Trump for ridiculing a New York Times reporter [formerly with the Washington Post reporter] with a disability. She said: [T]here was one performance this year that stunned me. It sank its hooks in my heart. Not because it was good; there was »

Golden Globe Coda

Featured image I wrote about the Trump hate-fest at the Golden Globes last night while the show was in progress, based on a news account. (I would rather get a root canal than watch a Hollywood awards program.) Subsequent to my post, Meryl Streep went completely over the top with Trump Derangement Syndrome, for which she has been appropriately bashed non-stop for the last 20-odd hours. Still, crazy as Streep’s screed was, »

Hollywood Hates Trump, Broadway Loves Hillary [Updated]

Featured image About America’s left-wing celebrities, one can only wonder: when will they ever learn? Tonight’s Golden Globe awards were open season on President-Elect Donald Trump. The Associated Press reports: “Politics mentioned early and often at Golden Globes.” Only a few seconds into his monologue, host Jimmy Fallon noted that the Globes was “one of the few places left where America still honors the popular vote.” He was just getting started. Fallon »

Mother’s little helper

Featured image I wrote here about some worrying trends among whites in America. I noted: The out-of-wedlock birth rate for whites is higher now than the black rate was in the 1960s when illegitimate births among blacks so alarmed Daniel Patrick Moynihan. We also know that drug abuse plagues white communities as well as black ones. And whites reportedly are contributing more than blacks to the epidemic of disability claims which is »

Sunday morning coming down

Featured image Frank Loesser prospered writing songs for the movies, for the war and for Broadway. As John Bush writes in his Allmusic profile of Loesser, “it appears that Frank Loesser had several careers packed into his one life.” Loesser wrote “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition” in April 1942. It was only the second song for which he had written both the words and the music; the first had preceded »

When Shakespeare won’t do

Featured image Students at Penn removed the dominating portrait of Shakespeare from the wall of the Heyer Staircase in Fisher-Bennett Hall and replaced it with that of self-described “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet” Audre Lorde. The Weekly Standard’s Scrapbook tentatively describes Lord’s poetry as “agitprop,” which is about as good a one-word description as any. “Unreadable” is probably too generic. After removing Shakespeare’s portrait, the students deposited it in the office of »

Keith’s World

Featured image With the decline of satire in the hands of the left, one might view Keith Olbermann with new appreciation. An impossible man, he has long since burned out among his natural allies in the mainstream media. He now posts poorly produced videos via GQ from a bunker with the acoustics of a rainwater barrel. How the crazed have fallen. If Wayne’s World had a political bent, it might have gone »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll rubs it in with great dexterity as she wonders IF A CELEBRITY THREATENS TO LEAVE, AND NOBODY CARES, IS SHE STILL A CELEBRITY? She writes: One time, maybe 25 years ago, a male client whose workforce was mostly female was wearing a gag t-shirt at the holiday party where I entertained. He explained that it had been a gift from his wife and four daughters and his employees »