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If you believe that politics is downstream of culture, then check out my new podcast, The Great Books. These are weekly, 30-minute conversations with scholars and experts about the books they love. We’ve posted three so far, on Macbeth, Pride and Prejudice, and Xenophon’s Expedition of Cyrus (aka Anabasis). Next week we’ll cover Walt Whitman and future episodes will include Paradise Lost and Beowulf. Subscribe today!

John J. Miller — John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

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Jussie Smollett’s story has always sounded a little . . . extraordinary. Smollett, who appears on the television series Empire, says he was attacked on the streets of Chicago at 2 a.m. by two men who shouted racial and homophobic abuses at him, beat him, doused him with bleach, and fastened a noose around ... Read More
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Let’s Chill about Hate Crimes

‘Jussie Smollett, one of the stars of the television show ‘Empire,’ was attacked in Chicago by 2 assailants who yelled racial and homophobic slurs,” tweeted the New York Times on January 29. Mark the tone of absolute certainty about an unconfirmed claim. Many other news outlets took the same tack. ... Read More