Magazine March 19, 2018, Issue

Out of Africa

Chadwick Boseman in Black Panther ( (Disney/Marvel Studios)

Like Wonder Woman before it, Black Panther arrived in theaters as something more than just a movie. It is a vessel for liberal piety and multicultural hope, a blockbuster attempt to effectuate the union of our era’s defining Hollywood genre, the comic-book extravaganza, with the identity-politics concerns that dominate the Trump-era Left. The fact that it is not technically the first blockbuster featuring a black superhero, as Wonder Woman was not technically the first to feature a superheroine (let alone a female action hero), is irrelevant to the excitement: What matters is that they’re the firsts of this moment, the

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Books

Seizing the Future

Arthur Herman reviews The Wizard and the Prophet: Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow’s World, by Charles C. Mann.

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Letters

Letters

Rejecting Despair While admitting that William F. Buckley Jr. himself would probably have a more optimistic take, Richard Brookhiser writes: “The conservative movement is no more. Its destroyers are Donald Trump ...
The Week

The Week

• We don’t even want public-school teachers teaching our kids. • Historically, the National Rifle Association has derived its political power from two sources. The first is the broad popularity of ...
Poetry

Poetry

Sometimes the frost comes early when it might have held its crystallizing of the leaves.
Happy Warrior

Brushing Alone

Your views on Delta Airlines and Hertz rental cars now correspond to how compelling you found the cable-news appearances of a survivor of the Parkland school shooting.

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The Dossier Deceit

The Dossier Deceit

John Durham’s latest indictment reinforces that the Russian collusion conspiracy was built on a preposterous foundation.

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