The Audacity of Breitbart The last time I saw Andrew Breitbart, who died this morning at the age of 43, he showed me a photograph of Anthony Weiner’s genitals.

The Happy Warrior My memories of Christopher Hitchens In February 2009, I attended a Hezbollah rally in Beirut with Christopher Hitchens. You could not have had better company with whom to witness the martial pieties of Lebanon’s “Party of God.” The “Shiite Muslim mega-Church,” as Christopher would later describe it, had been divided in two, men separate from...

The Con Man and His Pet Columnist Why does Nicholas Kristof continue to defend the charlatan Greg Mortenson? When Greg Mortenson—the Montana nurse who earned worldwide fame with his campaign to build schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan and then recounted the tale in his mammoth international bestseller Three Cups of Tea—was exposed as a fraud in April, there was one prominent media figure he...

Tom Stoppard On Belarus’s Lukashenka: ‘He’s Made Monkeys Out Of Us’ Born in Zlin, in the former Czechoslovakia, in 1937, Tom Stoppard is one of the world’s most celebrated playwrights. The winner of an Academy Award for best original screenplay (“Shakespeare in Love”) and four Tony Awards, he is the author of such acclaimed works as “Rosencrantz...

Frank Kameny: The Accidental Activist Taking on the federal government, gay life in the 1950s, the truth about Marion Barry, and more In 1957, Frank Kameny lost his job with the Army Map Service because he was gay. In being fired, the World War II veteran and Harvard PhD joined the ranks of men and women who, due to their...

On Chaps and their Cocks In his memoir, Christopher Hitchens comes clean on gay love affairs past. In his vivid and deeply felt 1952 essay, ‘Such, Such Were the Joys,’ the great English essayist George Orwell recalled the ritual bullying of the young boys at his prep school at the hands of the headmaster. It’s one of the most sobering...

Turf Warrior Can Dennis Blair save U.S. intelligence? In the shadow of the intelligence failure that culminated with Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab lighting an explosive aboard a Detroit-bound flight, the titular head of the U.S. intelligence community was busy fighting another war. For months, in fact, Admiral Dennis C. Blair, the director of national intelligence (DNI), had been waging an...

Darkness Falls Understanding Robert Novak’s controversial relationship with Israel and Judaism Alongside a zeal for supply-side economics, one of the defining passions of the political columnist Robert Novak, who died Tuesday at 78, was his unrelenting criticism of Israel. Some chalked it up to his disillusionment with the secular Judaism into which he was born. Others attribute...