The Hero’s Journey

What trials unite Katniss Everdeen, Harry Potter, Frodo Baggins and many of literature’s most interesting heroes — and you? Matthew Winkler takes you through the crucial events that make or break a hero as based on the works of Joseph Campbell’s A...
Movie Review: Fences

Movie Review: Fences

Playwright August Wilson adapts his Pittsburgh-based play of the same name, Fences, which won a Pulitzer Prize in the late 1980s, as a movie for Paramount. The result, directed by actor Denzel Washington (Book of Eli, Philadelphia, Taking of Pelham 1,2,3, Malcolm X),...
Racism and the Oscars

Racism and the Oscars

The latest self-conscious controversy orchestrated by preening, posing leftist “progressives” broke out after last week’s Oscar nominations — the second year in a row in which all 20 acting nominees are white. Charlotte Rampling is the latest actress to weigh in on...
Interview: Richard Zoglin on Bob Hope

Interview: Richard Zoglin on Bob Hope

Having previously written a book about stand-up comics in the 1970s, Time magazine contributing editor and theater critic Richard Zoglin turned to one of the 20th century’s multimedia masters in his new biography, HOPE: Entertainer of the Century (Simon &...
Keeping It Real: A Review of Killing Cool

Keeping It Real: A Review of Killing Cool

Ambitious in scope and practical in spirit, Kurt Keefner’s Killing Cool: Fantasy vs. Reality in American Life (Wallkill Trail Books, 2014) could be seen as his personal answer to the title question of Ayn Rand’s essay “What Can One Do?”[1]  Appreciating Rand’s insight...