The Dilettante

How Days of Thunder Changed Hollywood

For the better.

July 27 2012 6:15 AMNot HereIf we’re truly serious about stopping massacres like Aurora, we need to cure our addiction to evil.
June 24 2011 1:59 PMThe Liberty Scam, Part 2Responding to the critics of my essay on Robert Nozick, the philosophical father of libertarianism.
May 20 2010 11:22 AMThe Secret of Oprah's SuccessHer biography. But not the one in Kitty Kelley's book.
Dec. 31 2009 3:13 PMThe Secret of A Separate PeaceTurning 50, the classic still has something to tell us.
June 1 2009 6:56 AMThe Power of OomphJay McInerney's true claim to fame isn't what you think.
Feb. 2 2009 10:21 AMHe Should Have Played "The Wrestler"Bruce Springsteen misreads the national mood in his halftime performance.
Sept. 29 2008 11:00 AMThe Paul Newman Scene I Can't Get Out of My HeadIt's from The Verdict, but it's not the one you're thinking of.
Dec. 20 2007 7:46 AMBlade Runner: The Complete Ultimate Visionary Final Cut Collector's Edition Is Here!How will its fans defend it now?
Oct. 22 2007 10:42 AMSweden's Greatest Musical ExportNo, it's not ABBA. It's Jens Lekman.
Feb. 16 2007 7:23 AMSting, StungThe sensitive soul behind the Police.
Sept. 13 2006 1:00 PMElegies for ParenthoodThe literary legacy of the stifling 1950s family.
July 26 2006 3:52 PMMartyred by the MobWhat Giovanni Falcone died for, and why.
July 6 2006 12:37 PMThe Worst Best MovieWhy on earth did The Searchers get canonized?
June 9 2006 4:18 PMOn First Looking Into To Kill a MockingbirdHow sentimental and nostalgic is it?
May 18 2006 2:42 PMWhy Is Beloved Beloved?After all the plaudits, it's time to look at the novel's merits.
May 25 2012 2:05 PMMan of WarHow combat changed Paul Fussell, and how Fussell changed American letters.
June 20 2011 7:06 AMThe Liberty ScamWhy even Robert Nozick, the philosophical father of libertarianism, gave up on the movement he inspired.
Jan. 28 2010 5:18 PMSalinger's GeniusHe was the great poet of post-traumatic stress.
Dec. 17 2009 7:08 AMYoung BastardsThe Replacements were a lot better than they wanted you to think they were.
April 7 2009 6:40 AMBigmouth Strikes AgainMorrissey in middle age.
Dec. 22 2008 8:42 AMRisky Business IndeedWhy the Tom Cruise bubble burst.
Feb. 15 2008 3:51 PMBush LeaguerThe Clemens hearing as national symbol.
Dec. 3 2007 5:44 PMDissecting the IQ DebateA response to William Saletan's series on race and IQ.
April 13 2007 11:28 AMImus in the TwilightHow the DJ found his niche—and lost it.
Dec. 8 2006 6:07 AMWithin the Context of WASP ContextAssessing the legacy of George W. S. Trow.
Aug. 29 2006 7:34 AMFrench ClassThe casual, moral genius of Eric Rohmer.
July 14 2006 4:37 PMFriends Aren't What They Used To BeThe new ethos of intimacy.
June 29 2006 12:59 PMThe Devil Wears NikesLiking Isiah Thomas against my better judgment.
June 2 2006 3:38 PMBeyond Bugs BunnyThe quest to find the perfect children's cartoon.
May 11 2006 2:02 PMThe Giuliani Presidency?A new documentary makes the case against the outsized mayor.

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