“I think we are losing beauty, and there’s a danger that with it, we will lose the meaning of life.” These were the introductory remarks of British philosopher and writer, Sir Roger Scruton, during the 2009 BBC program, "Why Beauty Matters." Scruton, who died Sunday after a short battle with cancer, was certainly a defender of
It is no secret that our mainstream culture no longer seems to understand or value religion. Most depictions or attempts to explain it are reduced to mere sentimentality, and this is particularly true whenever there is a liberal treatment of Christianity, especially Roman Catholicism. It isn’t only the simplistic emotionalism of the artists grappling with
Martin Scorsese’s new feature film, now showing on Netflix, came highly anticipated by critics and audience alike. The anticipation shouldn’t come as a surprise because Scorsese is a director of high stature, who has been making films for over 50 years. The newest film, “The Irishman” has drawn some negative criticism, mainly from the critics.
For the past few years, the ideological American Left has used the Thanksgiving holiday as an opportunity to lash out and give us the same old and boring rant about how bad America is. An American leftist is generally characterized as someone who cannot help but bring ideology into every aspect of his life. I
“You’re really not that bright, are you, Emina?” said Mira M., my elementary school math teacher. She looked at me with contempt, the kind even a 7-year-old could understand. I understood, but had not yet experienced, adult rejection on that scale. In the days of Yugoslavian Communism, we used to address individual teachers as “comrade
Like most overused expressions, “War is Hell” is now easily dismissed as a cliché. But like most clichés, the truth in the point is what caused it to be overused in the first place and we’d do well not to dismiss it. What is it about any particular war that makes it hell? For most
In an article at The American Mind, David Bahr asks, “What Good is Bill Buckley Anymore?” He concludes that William F. Buckley, Jr. (among other conservatives of the past) “may be past their sell-by date.” Setting aside a rather dismissive title, Bahr does address some important issues and questions that have plagued the conservative movement
“We read to find ourselves,” Harold Bloom once wrote, “more fully and more strange than otherwise we could hope to find.” Bloom, who died Monday, was a man of letters—a literary critic, lover of literature, and a long-time professor at Yale University. He was born in 1930 in New York City, and grew up in
Ever since she burst onto the intellectual scene with the publication of Sexual Personae (1990), Camille Paglia has been challenging the norms of what it means to be a public intellectual. Her critiques of culture, art, and society have garnered a lot of attention from friends and foes alike. Love her or hate her, when
The death in July of Dutch actor Rutger Hauer brought out reflections on his career. Hauer made his film debut as a wild sculptor in Paul Verhoeven’s “Turkish Delight” (1973), and since then has starred in numerous films, but he is known primarily for his role as Roy Batty in Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner” (1982).