Ross Douthat

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

  • The Implications of Christmas

    I admit that there's something a bit dissonant about quoting Christopher Hitchens on Christmas, but I've been meaning to say something about a…

  • New York, Swing State?

    Defending Caroline Kennedy, Michael Kinsley claims that it "is precisely the fear that she would be a formidable candidate, likely to be elected…

  • Doubt, On Stage and Screen

    As a follow-up to the previous post, I should note that when I saw Doubt on stage, with Cherry Jones in the lead, I thought it was much more…

  • How To Make Political Movies

    From A.O. Scott's Year in Film roundup:"Doubt," "The Reader," "Frost/Nixon," "Revolutionary Road" -- all of these transplants from stage or page are…

  • The "Insights" of Paul Ehrlich

    Yuval Levin flags this footnote from a 2006 speech by Barack Obama's new science adviser, John Holdren; it's attached to a line in which Holdren…

  • The Man in the Rubber Mask

    Jim Carrey's Yes Man opens today. It's almost certainly lousy. But it's also an excellent opportunity to reflect - with James Parker, the Atlantic's…

  • Caroline On My Mind

    While Noam Scheiber does yeoman's work on the subject, Michelle Cottle questions the anti-Caroline backlash:Of course America does political…

  • What Would Gore Have Done?

    Responding to my reference to Truman and the atomic bomb in my rambling torture post, Ta-Nehisi asks an important question:[Ross argues] that…

  • Caroline 2016!

    Ben Smith floats the balloon ...If Caroline Kennedy is appointed to the Senate and wins reelection, and Barack Obama serves two successful terms,…

  • Thinking About Torture (III)

    Naturally, the day that I suggested that conservatives have intermixed evasion and silence on the interrogation issue was the day that National…

  • Bernie Madoff, Stimulus Czar?

    One of Tyler Cowen's alter egos gives Ben Bernanke some advice:What about that guy who set up the phony investment company? Can the Treasury make a…

  • Thinking About Torture (II)

    Since I quoted extensively from Mark Bowden's 2003 "Dark Art of Interrogation" essay in my last post, I should note that even as the essay suggested…

  • Thinking About Torture

    I haven't written anything substantial, ever, about America's treatment of detainees in the War on Terror. There are good reasons for this, and bad…

  • The Princess and the Senate

    Chris Smith finds a novel way of expressing skepticism about Caroline Kennedy's decision to pursue her birthright an appointment to the U.S.…

  • The "Campaign" Begins

    America's Princess has decided to claim her inheritance:Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of an American political dynasty, has decided to pursue the…

  • Is Planned Parenthood Pro-Life?

    If you want a reason why an abortion compromise isn't possible, try this contrast: My idea of a plausible middle ground on the issue requires the…

  • My Tax Dollars At Work

    Inquiring liberal minds want to know why pro-lifers are eager to have the government stop giving Planned Parenthood hundreds of millions of dollars…

  • Petraeus 2012 (But Not How You Think)

    Rod Dreher:... the other day I was part of a conversation in which people were talking about the Blagojevich mess, and I overheard an elderly…

  • Pragmatism They Can Believe In?

    Chris Hayes critiques the Obama-as-pragmatist meme from the left ... The chief failure of Bushism, according to Sunstein, is not its content but its…

  • Gods and Monsters

    John Derbyshire takes note of a study showing that large percentages of Americans believe in ghosts, angels, demons, and so forth, and writes:Nothing…

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CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity

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Is Technology Making Us Better Storytellers?

The minds behind House of Cards and The Moth weigh in.

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A Short Film That Skewers Hollywood

A studio executive concocts an animated blockbuster. Who cares about the story?

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In Online Dating, Everyone's a Little Bit Racist

The co-founder of OKCupid shares findings from his analysis of millions of users' data.

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What Is a Sandwich?

We're overthinking sandwiches, so you don't have to.

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Let's Talk About Not Smoking

Why does smoking maintain its allure? James Hamblin seeks the wisdom of a cool person.

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