Ross Douthat

Ross Douthat is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic.

  • Does Rush Matter?

    Jay Cost, responding this column from Reihan among other things, doesn't think any of the sturm und drang over Limbaugh makes a difference:When…

  • Rush and Olbermann

    I basically agree with Jonah Goldberg's point about the limits of the Limbaugh-Oprah comparison, which is one reason my original post circled around…

  • Darwin and Christ

    From a provocative list of propositions (via John Schwenkler) about the great evolutionist and religion:From the beginning, it was moral panic more…

  • Rush and Oprah

    Hugh Hewitt writes that Limbaugh's speech at CPAC "will be talked about for years and even decades." I hope he's wrong about that, but he's…

  • Fooled By Randomness?

    Even Warren Buffet is allowed to have an awful year from time to time. But reading about Berkshire Hathaway's losses over the weekend, all I could…

  • God and Man in Big Love

    In my last post on Big Love, I described the show as "arguably - arguably! - one of the most sympathetic portraits of conservative religious belief…

  • The Limbaugh Speech

    My reaction to the thing is too predictable to be worth going over, but if you're interested in the state of American conservatism I'd certainly…

  • Plantinga v. Dennett

    Now this a discussion I wish we could have seen on YouTube.Update: There seems to be an audio version here.

  • Layer Cake

    I liked Patrick Ruffini's attack on the Right's Joe the Plumber Wurzelbacher (enough with the nonsense, right?) fixation. But I also liked Daniel…

  • If Obama Fails ...

    ... and the Republicans are still floundering, what happens? Yglesias says the GOP comes back anyway:[A] hard-right agenda ... certainly isn't where…

  • The Tent Shrinks

    At this rate, pretty soon it'll just be Rush and his microphone.

  • Abortion, Contraception and the States

    To Reihan's objections (and those of some readers), I should say that I didn't mean to oversimplify the state-by-state picture on abortion, which is…

  • The Convention Speech That Wasn't

    Larison's take on Jindal's tone-deaf address seems spot-on to me.

  • The Other Jindal

    From Michael Gerson's (pre-speech) column on Bobby Jindal: At a recent meeting of conservative activists, Jindal had little to say about his…

  • Snap Judgments

    Obama was fantastic - worlds better than his inaugural. He laid out the most ambitious and expensive domestic agenda of any Democratic President…

  • Re-Running McCain

    Like I said, I'm trying to be patient with the Obama-era GOP: It's a leaderless party in an awfully tough spot. But that doesn't mean that Fairbanks,…

  • How Do You Solve a Problem Like Abortion?

    I admire the persistence with which Will Saletan argues for common ground in the abortion debate, and attempts to sell his fellow liberals on the…

  • The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism?

    Matt Continetti's essay on the crisis of American authority called to mind this passage from a perceptive analysis of neoconservatism that Tod…

  • The Lives They Lived

    I wouldn't say that it was a good a night for Oscar, overall. (Penn over Rourke? Alas ...) But I was glad to see the mad Frenchman from Man on Wire…

  • Oscar Counterprogramming

    Hard to do better than a lengthy conversation about Mulholland Drive, I'd say. Or, alternatively, an appreciation of The Devil's Advocate.


A Stop-Motion Tour of New York City

A filmmaker animated hundreds of still photographs to create this Big Apple flip book


The Absurd Psychology of Restaurant Menus

Would people eat healthier if celery was called "cool celery?"


This Japanese Inn Has Been Open For 1,300 Years

It's one of the oldest family businesses in the world.


What Happens Inside a Dying Mind?

Science cannot fully explain near-death experiences.



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