James Jesus Angleton, head of the C.I.A. after the war, was nicknamed the Poet. He co-founded a literary journal at Yale, corresponded with famous poets, including the undisputed master of English departments for many decades, T. S. Eliot, and was a fan of William Empson’s Seven Types of Ambiguity. According to an article by Malcolm Gladwell, Angleton saw New Criticism, with its concepts of ambiguity and multiple meanings, as a model for spy work. Such is the far-reaching effect of literature and the perennial versatility of careful, faithful reading.
Minneapolis is a nice city no longer.
Democratic impeachment managers have a duty to explain how Officer Sicknick died.
Never mind how he voted.
Surprising briefs emerge in a First Amendment case before the Supreme Court.
How likely is it that this dangerous ideological agenda is about to get worse?
The policy was first instated by President Reagan to ensure that taxpayers would not be required to indirectly fund abortions in other countries.
Many of the new administration’s claims about coronavirus vaccines are, at best, politically convenient half-truths.
And the Left wants to kneecap the filibuster to pass it.
Faulconer hopes to replace Newsom by focusing on non-ideological, quality-of-life issues like school reopening.
The central bank is headed back to the Seventies — a rerun that no one should want.
Arizona’s reform bill offers a model for federal action.
Woke critics are trying to denigrate the eminent Brit, engaging in falsehoods along the way.