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Seán Keating, “Men of the South” (Crawford Art Gallery)
An Irish Homecoming
Your Roots Shall Make Ye Free

In his new memoir, Michael Brendan Dougherty rages against the atomizing effects of modern liberalism—and finds comfort in the binding ties of family, nation, and Church.

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Film still via Wikimedia Commons
Silver Screen Reflections
The Magnificent Ambersons and the Age of Disruption

More than 75 years after its release, Orson Welles’s classic holds up as a visionary social prophecy.

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Jean-Baptiste-Camille-Corot, “Orpheus Leading Eurydice from the Underworld” (Wikimedia Commons)
Hadestown on Broadway
Orpheus and the Wall

Broadway’s latest smash is a vivid reimagining of the Orpheus myth for our own troubled times.

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(Julio de Diego, Art Institute of Chicago)
Mossad Mythology
Israel’s Multiple Identities

Matti Friedman’s Spies of No Country is a compelling tale of Israeli espionage. But more than that, it is a meditation on Israel’s national origin story.

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Liberalism vs. Feminism
#MeToo Eats Itself

The pre-emptive strike on Joe Biden has failed. Will the movement fail with it?

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(Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Lone Star Literature
A Texas Tale: Billy Lee Brammer and The Gay Place

In 1961, a young LBJ aide wrote the greatest political novel you’ve never heard of—and then vanished into drug-fueled obscurity. A new biography tells his story.

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Class Coalition
The Return of William McKinley’s Republican Party

Republicans are struggling with the question: What kind of party do we want to be? They might look to William McKinley for guidance.

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Norman Rockwell, “Freedom of Worship” (Wikimedia Commons)
Secular Religion
Finding Faith and Losing Religion in Flyover Country

Meghan O’Gieblyn’s new essay collection cuts to the heart of America’s cultural divide—and reveals the ties that bind secular progressives and fundamentalist Christians alike.

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“The Doctor,” Sir Luke Fildes (1891) via Wikimedia Commons
What’s Really Wrong with U.S. Health Care
When “Profit” Is Just Another Word for “Waste”

Robert M. Kaplan’s More Than Medicine offers a genteel, scholarly presentation of the dumpster fire that is the American health care system, but he fails to place blame for it squarely where it belongs: the U.S. health care business model.

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The Bosses of the Senate by Joseph Keppler (Wikimedia Commons)
Congressional Oversight
Getting a Bead on Greed

One of the lesser-known tragedies of the past decade is the decline of bipartisan Congressional investigations. A new book by Elise Bean illuminates the history.

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