Ross Douthat

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

  • The Politics of '80s Comedy Revisited

    I missed Matt’s snarky comment about right-wing populism and ‘80s comedy:Mass market comedy, as seen in Hollywood films, strikes me as a pretty…

  • Memento Mori

    What better day than Memorial Day to take some time and digest Jody Bottum's thought-provoking essay on "Death and Politics", in the latest First…

  • The Politics of '80s Comedy

    Fletch as smug liberal crap, Ghostbusters as right-wing populist genius - Reihan explains it all.

  • The Democrats and the War

    Matt writes:To me, the only real explanation for Democratic behavior is this. The party's leadership and political thinkers simply can't conceive of…

  • Et Tu, Minerva?

    We may not have Lost to kick around for the next nine months, but we do have the last Harry Potter novel coming up - and via the indispensible…

  • Two Faces of Libertarianism

    It's interesting that the most compelling moment of the Presidential campaign so far involved a face-off between Rudy Giuliani and Ron Paul, because…

  • "A Clinton Who Hadn't Read the Books"

    Sure, Bob Shrum's book is doubtless tendentious and self-serving, but Michael Crowley's excerpts only confirm my abiding distaste for John Edwards,…

  • Lost in Lost

    Difficult as it may be to believe, I was less enthusiastic about last night's Lost finale than JPod. (Spoilers below the jump.)

  • Monumental Banality

    Read Jonathan Last's account of how the Flight 93 Memorial is shaping up, and weep.The photo above, incidentally, is of D.C.'s World War I Memorial,…

  • Leadership

    Rod Dreher's friend the immigration lawyer writes: Real comprehensive immigration reform – seal the borders, amnesty those here – is never…

  • Apocalypse Now

    I hope I am not being unkind to our sister publication when I say that I find National Journal's cover story on American decline almost entirely…

  • Jedi Blog Tricks

    I may be a prequel hater, but that doesn't mean I can't enjoy a good Star Wars blogathon as much as the next dork. This entry, from one Ryland Walker…

  • Melancholy Elephants

    Via a coworker, the case against copyright extension, in the form of a Spider Robinson short story.

  • The Conservative Mind, Circa 2007

    Kathryn Jean Lopez writes: I just did a quick flip through a Simon & Schuster catalog for the fall. Mary Matalin’s Threshold imprint looks to…

  • Free Culture

    I would almost be sympathetic to Mark Helprin's argument that copyrights should last forever, and that his great-great grandchildren, rather than the…

  • Know Thy Majority

    Daniel Larison writes: Despite the best efforts of the Mehlmans and Martinezes to make the GOP ”relevant” to constituencies that don’t…

  • The Hinges of Fate

    Speaking of military history, the latest Nation includes a review of what sounds like a fascinating Ian Kershaw book on ten "fateful choices," in…

  • Arms and the Student

    I agree with the general point of Fred Thompson's defense of teaching military history, and the old Victor Davis Hanson column that he draws on,…

  • Immigration and the GOP II

    I've been waiting to read something smart that contradicts this analysis, but I haven't found it.

  • Flip-Floppery

    Matt has an interesting post comparing Romney's rightward flip-flops to John Edwards' journey to the left over the last few years. He notes that…


Photos of New York City, in Motion

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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