Young Intellectuals Making Movies  

When I think about intellectuals and movies, I think of Susan Sontag. For Sontag, movies were the most promising form of modernist expression, in part, because they elided the domineering and interpretative hubris of the intelligentsia. “In good films, there …





Revisiting The Vital Center  

Sometimes where and when you first read a book matters. In graduate school while I was studying American intellectual history, my adviser, Christopher Lasch, suggested I crack open Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.’s The Vital Center. As a young leftist, it …



More on Moore  

“People like me have to save liberals from themselves.” – Michael Moore Strange things happen when the world of entertainment crashes into politics. Remember those “Rock the Vote” scandals a few years back? Big celebrities like Madonna and Jewel sermonized …





American Culture Since 9/11  

These are heroes then-among the plain people-Heroes did you say? And why not? They give all they’ve got and ask no questions and take what comes and what more do you want? – Carl Sandburg, The People, Yes September 11, …