Ross Douthat

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

  • Knifed In the Ankle?

    Jonah chides me for lending legitimacy to the comparison, which he suggests is implied by the term "stabbed in the back," between American…

  • The Stab in the Back

    Two out of two Matts agree: If the U.S. pulls out of Iraq or fails to bomb Iran, the "stab in the back" narrative is going to become the centerpiece…

  • Cruisin' With The Right

    I know it's been a whole ten years since Eric Alterman unburdened himself of 5,000 words on the plutocratic excesses of the NR cruise for the Nation…

  • Heads A'Blogging

    Me and Jon Chait, hating on David Broder together.

  • Updike on Shlaes Revisited

    I just re-read my earlier post and I think I'd like to disassociate myself from my own snarkiness. Sure, Updike's essay wasn't very good at all, but…

  • God is Not Great Is Not Great

    You can find my contribution to the great Hitchens debate in the latest Claremont Review of Books.

  • Updike on Shlaes

    As a non-historian who aspires to review works of history here and there - and perhaps even write one, who knows? - I don't want to begrudge a…

  • The Bridge

    I saw two movies over the weekend, A Mighty Heart and The Bridge, a 2006 documentary about suicide and San Francisco's Golden Gate. Both were…

  • The Vice President in His Labyrinth

    Reading the first part of the Post's series on the vice-presidency of Dick Cheney - a man who “expresses indifference, in public and private, to…

  • Against Bipartisanship

    And Michael Bloomberg. Jonathan Chait says what needs to be said.(And speaking of Chait, this discussion promises to be entertaining.)Update: If only…

  • Good News For Republicans

    Americans still don't trust government.The liberal spin on these numbers is summed up by Stanley Greenberg: In their breathtaking incompetence and…

  • Lazy Friday Blogging (II)

    I've been meaning to work in some baseball blogging here and there on this site, in imitation of Matt's basketblogging, and a slow Friday seems like…

  • Lazy Friday Blogging (I)

    Okay, it's no Veiled Conceit (where have you gone, Veiled Conceit?), but this site has a certain potential.

  • Whistling Past Dixie

    I like Alex Massie and Daniel Larison's contributions to the whole "does the South hold American politics hostage" debate that Paul Waldman and Kevin…

  • Divided They Fall

    If there's any state where a semi-obscure social conservative ought to be able to make some noise, it's Iowa. And sure enough, if you add Sam…

  • Push It To The Limit

    Just a little something to get you through the afternoon.

  • In Defense of Circumcision

    Since Andrew is on one of his periodic anti-circumcision crusades, I thought I'd say a few words in the procedure's defense. Since this is a family…

  • The Art of the Possible

    Matt writes:“Destroying human life in the hopes of saving human life is not ethical,” US President George W. Bush said yesterday “a nation…

  • Obama-Bloomberg '08

    It's Paul Starr's idea, and it makes an awful lot of sense to me. Bloomberg isn't going to be President - no way, no how - and at some point he has…

  • Hef's Women

    As a frequent, albeit unwilling, viewer of The Girls Next Door, I found Daphne Merkin's meditation on the show for Elle at once maddening (since I…


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