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Happy Birthday, Pauline  

Pauline Kael was one of the great voices of American freedom. The road she opened for critics is simultaneously the most rewarding and the most difficult to follow.



The Problem with Film Criticism  

The debate about the state of film criticism has settled—or calcified—into two camps: traditional print critics claim the Internet has replaced expertise with amateurs, fanboys, and obscurantists. Web enthusiasts counter that we’re in a new golden age of film criticism …

















A World Consensus on Human Rights?  

What would it mean to come to a genuine, unforced international consensus on human rights? I suppose it would be something like what John Rawls describes in his Political Liberalism as an “overlapping consensus.” That is, different groups, countries, religious …



Responses  

A diaphanous screen seems to separate “liberals” from opponents, who are often grouped together (by “liberals”) in clumps called “communitarians,” or here “culturalists.” One of the things that doesn’t seem to get through the screen is the sense attributed to …