Books and Culture

Rushdie's Triumph Review of KNIFE: MEDITATIONS AFTER AN ATTEMPTED MURDER by Salman Rushdie

"Bipartisan Karaoke Night" There is one thing that can still bring a divided Washington together: the music of Elton John

All That is Solid Melts Into Theory     How did a once obscure academic notion called “gender identity” triumph over material reality? Credit—or blame—Judith Butler

Character Studies

Bayard Rustin Challenged Progressive Orthodoxies Bayard Rustin has been extolled as an avatar of intersectionality, yet throughout his career he repeatedly challenged progressive orthodoxies.

Armie Hammer Breaks His Silence Two years after some of the most shocking allegations of the #MeToo era lit up the Internet and destroyed his career, the actor has finally decided to tell his side of the story

Calling Out an Anti-Semite When I learned that Alice Walker and I would both be speaking at the same literary festival, I seized the chance to expose her views.

Dispatches

California Dreaming If fame determines status in Los Angeles, power is the social currency in Washington

Have We Finally Reached Peak Pride? Gay pride has been very much on my mind lately

Who Burned Down the Sculpture of Xi Jinping at a California Park? Federal prosecutors say Weiming Chen’s ‘CCP Virus’ was destroyed by men working for China.

Essays

Censorship is not a Jewish Value Nix the blacklists. A reasonable response to antisemitism in cultural figures is a component of Jewish chosen-ness

From Queer to Gay to Queer On the evolution of gay identity

Did the Cold War Ever End? Seventy-six years after Churchill’s warning, Garry Kasparov castigates a complacent West

Reporting

What Happens Where Free Speech Is Unprotected The case of a maverick polemicist who will go on trial in Germany for using a Nazi symbol is a timely reminder of the liberty we should cherish.

Origin Story How a self-published investigation into the possibility of a “lab leak” upended groupthink about the coronavirus

Conservative Conference Avoids Trump as They Rebrand Nationalism and Economic Policy On the first National Conservatism Conference in Washington, DC