Roger Kimball

About Roger Kimball

Roger Kimball is editor and publisher of The New Criterion and the president and publisher of Encounter Books. He is the author and editor of many books, including The Fortunes of Permanence: Culture and Anarchy in an Age of Amnesia (St. Augustine's Press), The Rape of the Masters (Encounter), Lives of the Mind: The Use and Abuse of Intelligence from Hegel to Wodehouse (Ivan R. Dee), and Art's Prospect: The Challenge of Tradition in an Age of Celebrity (Ivan R. Dee).

Let’s Call the Russian Collusion ‘Hoax’ What it Really Is

During the Japanese bombardment of Shanghai in 1932, the Austrian essayist Karl Kraus was anguishing over the placement of commas in a column. It might seem futile at such a moment, he told a friend, but “if those who are obliged to look after commas had always made sure they were in the right place,

By | 2019-08-23T15:29:25-07:00 May 25th, 2019|Tags: |

Restoring the Lost Consensus

Looking around the cultural landscape today, I conclude that we are in the midst of a sort of negative religious revival: let’s call it America’s First Great Awokening. Evidence of our society’s wokeness—a false awakening sparked by political grievance—is all around. I’d like to begin with what the philosopher Nicholas of Cusa called

By | 2019-05-23T09:58:41-07:00 May 23rd, 2019|

Notes on the Great Realignment

One of these days, I would like to cadge an invitation to a strategy meeting of #TheResistance. Not the pussy-behatted feminoid Hollywood chapter of #TheResistance. Nothing could be more boring, or more depressing, than that. But I would like to get a glimpse into the engine room of the more-moral-than-thou rancid-Right confraternity. How

By | 2019-06-08T09:55:07-07:00 May 18th, 2019|

Pursue Those Indictments!

Last month, Chris Buskirk wrote a column for the Spectator USA describing Representative Devin Nunes as “a hero of the Republic.” It was well-deserved praise. Nunes, a Republican Congressman from a rural district in California was, until January, chairman of the House Permanent Special Committee on Intelligence (he is now the ranking member). Nunes has

By | 2019-08-24T12:54:33-07:00 April 13th, 2019|Tags: |

Woke’s on You!

Those who doubt the operation of a beneficent, or at least an amusing, providence should consider the case of the British writer Titania McGrath. Margaret Ann Bulkley may have decided to move to South Africa and live her life as a man. But Titania McGrath, a Twitter sensation and the author of the

By | 2019-04-20T10:24:19-07:00 March 22nd, 2019|

A Tight and Tangled ‘Collusion’ Web

Most people reading this will know Sir Walter Scott’s famous couplet (from the narrative poem Marmion): Oh, what a tangled web we weave When first we practise to deceive! Less well known, but undeservedly so, is the excellent completing couplet by J. R. Pope, published under the sly title, “A Word of Encouragement”: But when

By | 2019-08-24T12:58:28-07:00 March 9th, 2019|Tags: |

A Better Guide than Elite Opinion Is Public Revulsion at It

Some expert in Bayesian probability ought to come up with an algorithm that would enable us to determine which of the multifarious daily outrages are going to catch on and, as the internet has taught us to say, “go viral.” Remember that hysterical (I do not mean “funny”) Yale student who was videoed

By | 2019-04-20T11:00:14-07:00 January 26th, 2019|

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