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Trump Still Wins the Personality Contest

At the end of September, Public Discourse published a series of columns about voting for Trump. Or not. Mostly not. Mostly ewww. Brandon McGinley argues the usual yadda-yadda that Christians have no home in either political party. I don’t know about you, but my home is where my family lives. I don’t look for a [...]

Shine On, Mendelssohn

I recently heard a charming quote from novelist Edith Wharton to the effect that there are two roles in life -- either that of a candle or of a mirror. I'm a mirror. Even when I thought I was a candle -- years ago as an actor -- I was really a mirror, trying my [...]

Isabella and Angelo

A very tangled situation arises in one of Shakespeare's lesser-known plays, Measure for Measure. This is to say nothing particularly arresting; after all, what do we come upon in any of his plays but tangled situations? We all know the agonies and cross-currents in Hamlet and Macbeth, of course. (To my own mind, King Lear [...]

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