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I Was Waiting For That

A reader just sent me this: “Don’t you mean ‘Say what to Hum.’”

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World

Bernard Lewis, ‘the Imam’

More than once, after 9/11, I asked Bernard Lewis, “Did you ever think your expertise would be so useful? And so in demand?” “No!” he’d say, sometimes with a laugh. Bernard Lewis was an historian of the Middle East, and one of the great scholars of our time. His first name, by the way, is pronounced ... Read More
Film & TV

The Elephant Man: Neglected David Lynch Classic

Released in 1980, David Lynch’s The Elephant Man is the one Lynch film that found a mesmerizing middle ground between conventional Hollywood story structure and its director’s surreal dreamscapes. Yet today it seems on the verge of being forgotten, and that’s a shame. It’s an exceptionally unusual and ... Read More
Politics & Policy

Keeping Catholic Foster Care in Philly

Last week, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty filed a complaint in a Pennsylvania district court on behalf of foster parents working with Catholic Social Services at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Despite issuing a recent plea for more people to step up as candidates for foster parents, the city of ... Read More
Politics & Policy

De Blasio’s Delusions

In an interview with MSNBC, Bill de Blasio, the mayor of New York, offers himself as a lodestar for the Democratic party, touting his “progressive economic populism” as a winning formula for 2020 and beyond. One gets the impression that de Blasio, who has never been known for his humility, believes he has a ... Read More