Phi Beta Cons

Resistible Norton

James Seaton exposes the pretensions of the huge, new, bloated Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism in the Weekly Standard. Studiously avoiding the substantial challenges to “Theory” in literature that have emerged in recent years, this ovepriced tome continues to promote resistance, subversion, and transgression in place of real literary values, as if these still represented some sort of brave intellectual venture. Rather, what the book inadvertently reveals is how much has gone wrong in English and humanities departments today.

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White House

What Is Hillary Clinton Thinking?

When Homer Simpson looks in the mirror, he sees ripped chest muscles and arms like the trunks of beech trees. When Hillary Clinton looks in the mirror, she sees America’s sweetheart. She thinks: America adores me. She thinks: America already chose me to be president once! She thinks: Everyone is comparing me ... Read More
Law & the Courts

Grassley’s Kangaroo Court

So now it looks like next Thursday. On Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s manifestly meritorious nomination to the Supreme Court, what was supposed to be the vote out of the Senate Judiciary Committee this past Thursday now appears to be sliding into a hearing to be held next Thursday. Or, who knows, maybe a Thursday ... Read More