A selection of favorites from the editors of Ordinary Times
As I watch the Trump Administration deteriorate into the political equivalent of the Fyre Festival, my thoughts naturally turn to Machiavelli.
Iron Fist may not be good, but it’s really not that bad.
Some modest suggestions to revive moribund symphonies and orchestras.
Pitch in for Science!
I’m not saying Le Pen is going to win. I am just saying that everything that needed to happen for her to win has been happening. (That said, I don’t think she’s going to win.)
The real argument against making abortion illegal is the conservative one.
A personal essay on Mystery Science Theater 3000 and its return.
Focus, people, focus.
Today in America. Just like yesterday in America.
Anecdotal evidence can often be treacherous. But that doesn’t mean it’s always wrong.
If you want a creature that repeats lines from a textbook, get a parrot.
If you’re a lady, Mike Pence won’t have lunch with you. (Alone.)
Mob Violence, Heckler’s Veto, and the Consent of the Governed
Four years ago, I worried that fringe conspiracy theory-driven media would destroy American conservatism. As it turns out, it’s actually much, much, much worse than that.
A scholarly look at how literature can help us to understand the hard work of being human.
Youtube is where intellectuals should be making community outreach.
American conservatives should consider the example of Robert Peel in trying to figure out the way forward.
“Skull Island” injects personality intro franchise filmmaking
Just because things have always been this way, doesn’t mean they always need to be this way.
Can a responsible citizen refuse to take a side?
Sciencing elections may be a dead end.
In which a fourteen-pound cat causes sleep-deprived Burt Likko a week’s worth of trouble.
Would a female Donald Trump still be Donald Trump?
Perhaps it’s not civic laziness after all
Cost disease in higher education