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Woman’s Purple Pistol Panics Pathetic Punk

The woman's Ruger LCP / Screengrab

An Idaho woman was able to defend herself by pulling her gun on a man who’d begun violently beating her during a robbery attempt on Monday.

The New Nationalism in America

Donald Trump

Decades of intellectual and political activity preceded the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980. William F. Buckley Jr. founded National Review in 1955. A little less than a decade later, National Review publisher William Rusher helped orchestrate Barry Goldwater’s presidential nomination. The following year, 1965, Buckley ran for mayor of New York City and Irving Kristol, then still a member of the anti-Communist left, founded The Public Interest. The year after that, Reagan was elected governor of California. The 1970s saw the proliferation of the single-issue interest groups that comprised the New Right. The first Conservative Political Action Conference was held in 1973. In 1977, a year after losing the Republican nomination to incumbent Gerald Ford, Reagan addressed the conference.

To Infinity and Beyond

"Love Forever" by Yayoi Kusama / Hirshhorn Museum

Yayoi Kusama’s “Infinity Mirrors” has been described as the most “selfie-worthy” art show touring North America. But Kusama’s work is not necessarily pitched at the Instagram hordes who line up by the hundreds to witness her famous mirror-lined rooms. A picture—however many likes and shares it gains—cannot convey the mental afflictions that provoked each piece.

The Unicorn Boy

'The Unicorn in Captivity' tapestry

In 1959, a 19-year-old undergraduate tried to write a novel, as 19-year-olds with ambitions to be writers are wont to do. The next year, the 20-year-old had his novel published by Viking, a major press—which happens to many fewer of those would-be writers. Reviewed in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Chicago Daily Tribune, the book was received fairly well. The consensus seemed to be that it was clever, charming, and slight. Still, given the author’s age, the novel promised great things. If a young man could write this at 19, what wonderful things would he write at 30?

The Horror

'Memento Mori' by Milan Nykodym

There must be a word—it’s probably German—for the sensation when you read something written in a voice so distinctive that it seeps into your brain, and you find yourself thinking in that voice after you put the book down. It is as if the prose is contagious. You read Hemingway and think in short sentences, Nabokov in tumbling long ones. When you catch the voice in Kea Wilson’s We Eat Our Own it feels like catching a fever.

Newly Installed NSA McMaster Reassures National Security Staff: No Witch Hunts Coming

H.R. McMaster

Incoming White House National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster sought to reassure senior Trump administration officials during his first “all hands” staff meeting Thursday, according to those who attended the get together and told the Washington Free Beacon that McMaster informed staffers he does not intend to pursue a major shakeup of President Donald Trump’s national security team.

The New Nationalism in America

Donald Trump

Decades of intellectual and political activity preceded the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980. William F. Buckley Jr. founded National Review in 1955. A little less than a decade later, National Review publisher William Rusher helped orchestrate Barry Goldwater’s presidential nomination. The following year, 1965, Buckley ran for mayor of New York City and Irving Kristol, then still a member of the anti-Communist left, founded The Public Interest. The year after that, Reagan was elected governor of California. The 1970s saw the proliferation of the single-issue interest groups that comprised the New Right. The first Conservative Political Action Conference was held in 1973. In 1977, a year after losing the Republican nomination to incumbent Gerald Ford, Reagan addressed the conference.

To Infinity and Beyond

"Love Forever" by Yayoi Kusama / Hirshhorn Museum

Yayoi Kusama’s “Infinity Mirrors” has been described as the most “selfie-worthy” art show touring North America. But Kusama’s work is not necessarily pitched at the Instagram hordes who line up by the hundreds to witness her famous mirror-lined rooms. A picture—however many likes and shares it gains—cannot convey the mental afflictions that provoked each piece.

The Unicorn Boy

'The Unicorn in Captivity' tapestry

In 1959, a 19-year-old undergraduate tried to write a novel, as 19-year-olds with ambitions to be writers are wont to do. The next year, the 20-year-old had his novel published by Viking, a major press—which happens to many fewer of those would-be writers. Reviewed in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Chicago Daily Tribune, the book was received fairly well. The consensus seemed to be that it was clever, charming, and slight. Still, given the author’s age, the novel promised great things. If a young man could write this at 19, what wonderful things would he write at 30?

The Horror

'Memento Mori' by Milan Nykodym

There must be a word—it’s probably German—for the sensation when you read something written in a voice so distinctive that it seeps into your brain, and you find yourself thinking in that voice after you put the book down. It is as if the prose is contagious. You read Hemingway and think in short sentences, Nabokov in tumbling long ones. When you catch the voice in Kea Wilson’s We Eat Our Own it feels like catching a fever.

Woman’s Purple Pistol Panics Pathetic Punk

The woman's Ruger LCP / Screengrab

An Idaho woman was able to defend herself by pulling her gun on a man who’d begun violently beating her during a robbery attempt on Monday.