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Robert Lacy
Memento Mori
Tom Lea, “The Marines Call It That 2,000 Yard Stare” (Wikimedia Commons)
Notes from a Nightmare Century

Famous photographs become our collective memories.

Dark Matter
Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck in Double Indemnity (1944).
Back to Back

James M. Cain’s one-two punch—The Postman Always Rings Twice (1934) and Double Indemnity (1943)—gave us the film noir era, but was it art?

Tinseltown's Scribe
Nice Guy, Bad Driver

Remembering novelist Nathanael West, whose California dreams came true. Until he crashed into the car of a man whose didn’t.

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Walter Russell Mead & Staff
Asia's Game of Thrones

The Trump Administration is likely to comply.

demographic transformation

The millennial urban boom may be coming to a close. This could have major consequences for America’s politics and geography.

A Heavy Lift

No, probably not. But President Trump may have trouble lifting them in the first place.

Delivering on Promises

TPP, NAFTA, and a special deal with the UK: Trump’s first week will be a busy one.

WRM in the WSJ

Eliot Cohen’s new book presents a nuanced and compelling defense of hard power.

Infowar

Regular readers know the answer: not very effective at all.

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