Ross Douthat

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

  • The Believer

    I'm late coming to it, but I think Andrew is wrong about this: I can still just about believe that Bush thought the WMD case was sound. I can't…

  • The Long Sneer

    I should say at the outset of this post that I am not a particularly great admirer of Russell Kirk. The Conservative Mind was an important book…

  • Not Necessarily Flimflam

    Of Karl Rove's Aspen talk, I wrote:Some of it was flimflam: For instance, he simultaneously argued that a rising number of apprehensions on the…

  • The Church in China

    Of Adam Minter's Atlantic profile of Shanghai's Bishop Jin Luxian and his tightrope walk between Rome and Beijing, Richard John Neuhaus writes: It is…

  • Jihadis As Movie Villains

    Here's Reihan's take, from the great Sum of All Fears controversy.

  • The 'Burbs

    Of Joel Kotkin's vision (and mine) of our suburban future, Matt writes: The urbanist proposal isn't "hey, jerks, why don't you all move to dense…

  • Even Paranoids Have Enemies

    Everyone's been making fun of this overheated Michael Fumento post, in which he gripes about Hollywood anti-anti-terrorism. And with good reason.…

  • Highlights From the Festival

    The Ideas Festival is over and I'm on my way back to D.C. (technically, I'm sitting in the Denver airport waiting for a delayed flight - along with…

  • Snape the Villain?

    More frenzied Potter speculation, via the redoubtable Jonathan Last.

  • Powell-Bloomberg '08

    This isn't Aspen-specific, so I thought I'd cross-post it from the Ideas Festival blog:One last point on Colin Powell: He may be self-serving and…

  • Self-Parody Alert

    Matt Frost, two days ago:I haven’t seen Ratatouille yet, but in service to The Scene, I’ll probably take my children and report back,…

  • The Atlantic in Aspen

    The blog is up and running; serious posting will begin Monday night, when the Ideas Festival starts in earnest. I'll probably check back in here with…

  • Crises of Faith

    America is becoming more secular; Europe is becoming more religious. Both trends could mean trouble.

  • Apologies ...

    ... for the light posting, which will continue through the weekend. On Monday, we kick off our second annual experiment in live-blogging the Aspen…

  • Knocked Up And Abortion, Uncut

    Draw your own conclusions. (And obviously, obviously, this is NSFW.) Knocked Up’s Thoughtful Abortion Debate.

  • Your Republican Party

    Tony Fabrizio polls; Marc Ambinder reports; Reihan analyzes.

  • Bringing It All Back Home

    Bill Kauffman makes the case for secession.

  • Waiting For Harry

    Alan Jacobs - an occasional contributor, I might note, to the new American Scene - gets his Potter on.

  • The Dismal Art

    I finally got around to reading - okay, skimming - Tom Junod's Esquire profile of Angelina Jolie, which Ron Rosenbaum famously called "the worst…

  • The New American Scene

    They're still working out some kinks in the site, I believe, but if you don't go check out the kick-ass design and crack team of bloggers Reihan has…


Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.


What Makes a Story Great?

The storytellers behind House of CardsandThis American Life reflect on the creative process.


Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.


Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.


Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.


The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air