Ross Douthat

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

  • The Fanboy As Critic

    Do you know what I really dislike? Extremely long critical essays that describe their subject, often in painstaking and florid detail, without…

  • Potterdamerung

    I've finished the book, but my thoughts will take a little while to sort themselves into proper criticism; for now, if you don't mind spoilers, start…

  • Should Vitter Resign?

    Jonah leans that way, but with caveats; Jason Zengerle looks at Congress's recent anti-prostitution gestures; Ramesh writes that "maybe one reason…

  • Political Fictions

    It's not the Harry Potter reaction you all (okay, maybe just a few of you) are waiting for, but you can find my review of Sammy's House, by Kristin…

  • Your Potter Roundup

    Jonathan Last has all the predictions you'll need. Megan McArdle and Kieran Healy, meanwhile, remind me why Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix…

  • Dangerous Nation (II)

    I am, however, in agreement with Robert Kagan when he argues that American predominance will persist long after the Iraq War:... foreign policy…

  • Dangerous Nation (I)

    Robert Kagan:Historians will long debate the decision to go to war in Iraq, but what they are least likely to conclude is that the intervention was…

  • Jon Lovitz, Andy Dick, and Phil Hartman

    As celebrity altercations go, this one - and the backstory - is pretty remarkable.

  • A Modest Proposal

    Via Larison, here's Jim Pinkerton:... with all due respect to former Vice President Al Gore, we might as well just say it bluntly: Muslims with…

  • Resign, Senator

    Ruth Marcus is right about David Vitter, and E.J. Dionne and David Ignatius are flat wrong: Making use of a prostitution ring isn't a private matter,…

  • Richard Milhouse Giuliani

    John Podhoretz and Peter Robinson both dismiss Michael Gerson's case for a Rudy-Nixon analogy. Here's JPod:... unlike Nixon in 1968, Giuliani…

  • Our Blogging Future, Ctd.

    Against my blog semi-triumphalism, Reihan offers a a qualified defense of non-blog forms of web journalism: ... to the extent the Slates and NROs and…

  • God's Comeback?

    This WSJ piece, on the revival of religion in Europe, dovetails perfectly with my argument in the last Atlantic that European life - and particularly…

  • From Academy Award Winner Paul Haggis

    Words to choke on. Anyway, here's your 2007 Best Picture Winner.

  • The First Potter Review ...

    ... is up, courtesy of the Baltimore Sun. And perhaps for fear of various legal repercussions, it says very little in very few words. But I detect a…

  • The Case Against Knocked Up, Continued

    I'm reminded that John Podhoretz shared the thinking woman's take on Knocked Up:Alison decides to keep the baby and to try and see whether she and…

  • Heresy and Democracy

    Just a quick response to Ramesh's characteristically thoughtful post on the question of Bush's heresies, or lack thereof. I agree that neither…

  • None of the Above '08!

    It has a certain ring to it ...

  • Men At Work

    As fellow laborers in the thankless but necessary task of convincing readers everywhere to pay no further attention to Alan Wolfe, I commend the…

  • Market-Friendly Versus Family-Friendly

    Dana Goldstein: By “argue big,” Obama meant expanding the terms of the pro-choice debate beyond access to abortion, contraception, and…


How to Cook Spaghetti Squash (and Why)

Cooking for yourself is one of the surest ways to eat well.


Before Tinder, a Tree

Looking for your soulmate? Write a letter to the "Bridegroom's Oak" in Germany.


The Health Benefits of Going Outside

People spend too much time indoors. One solution: ecotherapy.


Where High Tech Meets the 1950s

Why did Green Bank, West Virginia, ban wireless signals? For science.


Yes, Quidditch Is Real

How J.K. Rowling's magical sport spread from Hogwarts to college campuses


Would You Live in a Treehouse?

A treehouse can be an ideal office space, vacation rental, and way of reconnecting with your youth.



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