Culture

Mark Steyn Speaks

Featured image As part of last night’s Virtual Gala, American Experiment staff prepared a video on the organization’s achievements over the past year. Unbeknownst to me, the two staffers who produced the gala (including my daughter Kathryn, who is our Event Coordinator), knowing that yesterday happened to be my birthday, reached out to a number of friends, relatives and notables to convey their birthday greetings. They added those birthday best wishes at »

2020: The Summer of Hate?

Featured image One of the legendary milestones of the 1960s was the so-called “summer of love” centered around the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood in San Francisco in 1967, when thousands of “hippies” descended on the town to start their new utopia. Daniel Patrick Moynihan thought the “summer of love” counterculture represented the first heresies of liberalism.  “Who are these outrageous young people?” Moynihan asked. “I suggest to you they are Christians arrived on the scene »

WWE does Antifa

Featured image When I was between the ages of 10 and 14, I used to watch professional wrestling regularly. It was always easy to spot the villains. Sometimes you could even tell them from their names. If a wrestler had a German name, a Japanese name, or a Russian name, he was a villain. If a wrestler wore a hood or mask, that was another reliable sign. Wrestling villainy must keep up »

Get Woke, Sometimes Go Broke [with comment by Paul]

Featured image “Get woke, go broke” is a refrain that I learned at InstaPundit. Unfortunately, it often isn’t true. See, e.g., Nike and Starbucks. Happily, though, broke does sometimes follow woke. A case in point is the Arts and Entertainment cable network. The only reason I know about the TV show “Live PD” is that my daughters watch it obsessively. Or used to, anyway: A&E canceled “Live PD” after the George Floyd »

More Evidence That We Live In a World Gone Mad

Featured image These are a few stories that are not particularly significant in themselves, but illustrate the depth of the madness to which our culture has sunk. First, the beer bottle that looks like a KKK member. A bar in Connecticut has pulled a beer from its lineup after customers complained that the bottle looked like a Ku Klux Klan hood. I assumed this was another instance of people seeing KKK hoods, »

Video Games Join the Propaganda Machine

Featured image I know virtually nothing about video games, but I got this chilling email today from a Power Line reader. First the email, then a brief comment. Long time Power Line reader. I thought I would bring something to your attention that wouldn’t otherwise be on your radar. One of the world’s most popular videogames is “Fortnite”. Played by tens of millions of (mostly) kids on a daily basis, the game »

Say It Ain’t So, Elmer!

Featured image I think “woke” capitalism may be a bigger threat than liberal rioters, looters and arsonists. Politics is, as we all know, downstream from culture, and our culture’s leftward drift has passed Danton and is heading for Robespierre. What prompts this pessimism is a report that a new series of Bugs Bunny cartoons is in production by Warner Brothers and HBO Max. The cartoons have been updated, however, for our “woke” »

The American Story: An introduction

Featured image The American Story podcast has been coming out once a week, every Tuesday, since Constitution Day last year. Each episode is a 6-8 minute story about what it is that makes America beautiful, heartbreaking, funny, inspiring, and endlessly interesting. They are written and recorded by Power Line friend Chris Flannery, a senior fellow at the Claremont Institute and contributing editor of The Claremont Review of Books. They are well-conceived, well-written, and »

The McDermott monologue

Featured image In the Wall Street Journal’s weekend Mansion section, Marc Myers interviewed the actor Dylan McDermott to construct the first-person narrative published under the headline “Sitcoms Taught Dylan McDermott Everything He Knew About Family.” McDermott had a stunted childhood. His father was an alcoholic; his mother was murdered when he was five. McDermott’s narrative account opens: My parents married young. My mom was 15 and my dad was 18 when I »

Gimme CRB shelter

Featured image Our friends at the Claremont Review of Books have an important announcement: “With so many here and around the world still confined to quarters, the CRB editors have decided to brighten your detention by making our new Spring issue available free to readers everywhere. No masks required.” No longer the middleman selecting highlights from the issue, I urge Power Line readers to check it out on their own here. As »

Terry Teachout recommends

Featured image With time on our hands, we are revisiting books and movies that may be seen in the light cast by the Wuhan virus or the lockdowns responding to it. Samuel Pepys’s Diaries, Daniel Defoe’s Journal of the Plague Year and Albert Camus’s The Plague come to mind. A stray reference to Anne Frank prompted me to pull down my copy of her diary along with Francine Prose’s excellent Anne Frank: »

When the going was good!

Featured image Locked up in our lockdown, we have reviewed and organized family photographs that have lain dormant for a long time. I wondered if readers might indulge a personal note on one photograph (below) that I don’t even remember seeing before. I must have retrieved it from my parents when I cleaned out their apartment after my mother’s death. It depicts me with my younger brother (Dan) on the steps of »

Howard Beale revisited

Featured image With time on our hands, we are revisiting books and movies that may be seen in the light cast by the Wuhan virus or the lockdowns responding to it. Daniel Defoe’s Journal of the Plague Year and Albert Camus’s The Plague come to mind. A stray reference to Anne Frank prompted me to pull down my copy of her diary along with Francine Prose’s excellent Anne Frank: The Book, The »

Kurosawa film festival starring Toshiro Mifune [with comment by Paul]

Featured image Today is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Toshiro Mifune. Mifune was, most famously, one of Akira Kurosawa’s favorite actors. TCM is paying tribute to Mifune today by showing 10 films that amount to a kind of Kurosawa film festival. Here is the lineup, beginning at 6:00 a.m. (Eastern) this morning: Drunken Angel (1948), the first of Mifune’s 16 films for Kurosawa, casts him as a small-time hoodlum who »

Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most

Featured image I’m taking the liberty of reposting this tribute to a great song with an unusual story behind it as a break from the news of the day. From Ella Fitzgerald to Fran Landesman to T.S. Eliot and Geoffrey Chaucer, here we go: There are a few torch songs that lament the coming of Spring. This time of year, if you’re tuned to one of the right stations, you may well »

When George Wallace stood in the schoolhouse door

Featured image Earlier this week TCM played the classic Robert Drew cinéma vérité documentary “Crisis: Behind a presidential commitment.” The documentary first aired on ABC in October 1963. My only purpose is to bring it to your attention in case you might find it of interest and to recommend it if you haven’t seen it before. The documentary takes us behind the scenes of the Kennedy administration’s efforts the previous June to »

Phoenix’s republic

Featured image Watching the video highlights of the Oscar winners serving up their deep political thoughts this past Sunday evening, I wondered how anyone could top the lady who recited the revolutionary slogan from the Communist Manifesto.: “Workers of the world, unite.” She omitted: “You have nothing to lose but your chains!” I wonder why. I can’t answer that question, but I can suggest that Joaquin Phoenix topped her. He brought to »