Ross Douthat
A cultural notebook
Created 15 Feb 2021
  • The Deep Places: A Preview
    26 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 9 0
    My new book, The Deep Places: A Memoir of Illness and Discovery, comes out today. It’s a story about chronic illness, real estate disaster, scientific controversy, religious faith, fringe medical trea...
  • Tony Soprano's Decadent Society
    07 Oct 2021 • 6 min read • 23 0
    What’s on the menu at Holsten’s: More decadence, or something worse? The Sopranos, the best show in television history and the last great work of popular art produced in the American imperium (I exagg...
  • Love and Death in Occupied France
    30 Sep 2021 • 11 min read • 11 0
    Sometime early next week, if current trends in our TV-watching continue, my household will finally finish Un Village Français, a series set in a fictional French town near the Swiss border, Villeneuve...
  • Is The Matrix Good?
    17 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 39 0
    Neo as a newspaper columnist. Since my notes on pop culture in this space tend to be world-weary and critically dismissive (you’re decadent and you’re decadent and yes, Stephen King, you’re decadent t...
  • Playing Those End of History Hits Again
    15 Sep 2021 • 10 min read • 26 0
    When you write a book like The Decadent Society whose core thesis is that a lot of our present crises are overblown, that stagnation and repetition rather than world-historical drama rule our times, y...
  • Reading Stephen King in Maine
    07 Sep 2021 • 8 min read • 15 0
    Pennywise is just around the corner (Photo by Zachary Edmundson on Unsplash) My family spent two weeks in mid-coast Maine last month and I managed to accomplish something that was routine in my teenag...
  • My Correct Views on The Last Jedi
    03 Aug 2021 • 7 min read • 31 0
    There was another around of arguments on Twitter last weekend about the quality, or lack thereof, of The Last Jedi, the Star Wars sequel that divided fans and critics and found itself swept up in the ...
  • The Latin Mass in the Zero Sum Church
    30 Jul 2021 • 7 min read • 16 0
    Photo by Sean Ang on Unsplash I published two essays about the Roman Catholic Church in the last few weeks: One an adaptation of the talk I gave at the University of Dallas linking American debates ab...
  • Everything That Rises Must Converge
    16 Jul 2021 • 10 min read • 13 0
    Amy Adams encounters an alien consciousness. So far as I noticed, not that many reviews of The Decadent Society engaged with the book’s deliberately weird ending, in which I left behind merely human a...
  • Reflections on the Revolution in North America
    13 Jul 2021 • 7 min read • 15 0
    I wrote my Times column for today, as a kind of quirky supplement to a series of pieces I’ve been about the debates over teaching American history, on the pressing subject of my childhood self’s favor...
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