I know I am not alone today in my sorrow upon learning of the death of Denis Dutton, philosopher, author, and founder and editor of Arts & Letters Daily, perhaps the most literate site on the web. Arts & Letters culls the best and most iconoclastic literary, political, and philosophical articles from all over, and is always surprising, even to those of us who read it daily. I have always felt Arts & Letters almost unique in having no discernible political bias. The obituary in the Los Angeles Times’ blog gives no cause of death, but it does provide a typical quote from a Dutton review of The Return of the Ring: “ Toward the end, I found myself desperately cheering on the giant spider in hope of getting home early. Eat Frodo! Eat him!” Dutton was 66.
The current progressive effort to demonize attorney general William Barr is creepy, but then again not so strange. He came into the office with singular experience and an excellent reputation from past service. As attorney general, he has followed the law to the letter in handling the release, redactions, and ... Read More
The release of the Mueller report this week was a revelatory moment for me. I realized that, some time ago apparently, I crossed a political Mendoza line, where I am now more disgusted by Donald Trump’s opponents than I am by Trump himself. This is no insignificant development for me. Regular readers of mine ... Read More
The U.S. Attorney General is ending asylum seekers’ opportunity to ask for bond in front of an immigration judge. Read More
The Mueller report is of course about Russian interference in the 2016 election and about the White House's interference in the resulting investigation. But I couldn’t help also reading the report as a window into the manner of administration that characterizes the Trump era, and therefore as another warning ... Read More
Washington -- The oral arguments the Supreme Court will hear on Tuesday will be more decorous than the gusts of judicial testiness that blew the case up to the nation’s highest tribunal. The case, which raises arcane questions of administrative law but could have widely radiating political and policy ... Read More
Every year, the William F. Buckley Jr. Society at Yale, founded by Lauren Noble, honors a public figure who was “disinvited” from a college campus. The speaker might have been shouted down at the podium, or his invitation might have been rescinded before carnage could ensue. Past honorees include George ... Read More