100 Best American Drinks

Feature: One writer's quest to try every drink in the 'Drink Book'

cocktailsDo you remember what you wanted to be when you grew up? According to my mother, when I was three I wanted to be “the guy who makes the French fries at McDonald’s.”

A Visitor—From the Future

Review: James Gleick, 'Time Travel: A History'

When I started drafting this review of James Gleick's Time Travel: A History, I had a severe case of writer's block. I stared at my computer, at the keyboard, at the book itself. All in vain. No words came. So I walked away from my computer, hoping that doing something else would help. Suddenly, there was a brilliant flash of light. Shielding my eyes from the blinding beam, I saw a shadow emerge from a portal in front of me. When the portal disappeared, the light went with it, and I could make out the shadow. It was me. "What’s going on?" I asked myself, and... my self.

Blood on the Plains

Review: Peter Cozzens, 'The Earth Is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West'

At 467 pages of small-font writing, The Earth is Weeping is no quick read. Nor should it be. The author, historian and recently retired U.S. diplomat Peter Cozzens, has much ground to cover charting the decline of Native American tribes in the aftermath of the U.S. Civil War. Cover it he does, in great detail.

Season’s Readings

Christmas books for the Christmas season

ChristmasThink of Christmas books the way you think of Christmas carols. You know, that strange moment every year when something about some particular carol reaches out to seize you and drag you into the season.

Thomas De Quincey: Father of Addiction Lit

Review: Frances Wilson, 'Guilty Thing: A Life of Thomas De Quincey'

Frances Wilson ends her rife-with-scandals, name-droppy biography of Thomas De Quincey—the English opium eater from the celebrated "Confessions of an English Opium Eater"—by citing Borges, that author of fragmentary parables that presented culture as a hall of mirrors, with books echoing books and intellect lost in the labyrinth of literature. Borges wrote of De Quincey that “for years, I thought that the almost infinite world of literature was one man.” Wilson concludes: "We are all De Quinceyan now."

Keith Ellison Backs Out of Radical Muslim Conference

Ellison was scheduled to address Muslim Brotherhood-tied group's annual convention

Rep. Keith EllisonMinnesota congressman Keith Ellison cancelled his scheduled appearance the Muslim American Society's annual conference, where he was slated to deliver the keynote address.

Obama Joins the Jackals

Obama admin 'stabs Israel in the back' with UN vote on settlements

NY: With US Abstention, UN Security Council passes Resolution condemning Israeli settlementsMultiple sources from across the Jewish organizational world and in Congress are accusing the Obama administration of stabbing "Israel in the back" on Friday by choosing not to veto a United Nations resolution censuring the Jewish state, according to conversations with sources.

My Day With Some Nasty Women

Feature: Matthew Walther's New York Diary

NEW YORK—“Excuse me, are you a nasty woman?” I don’t actually say it because the lady walking her terrier looks very kind and pleasant. I’m also wary of the policeman standing next to the Taste of Home gingerbread house here in Madison Square Park, where I’ve been walking in circles up to my ankles in slush for half an hour wishing I had thought to bring boots and trying to decide whether I’m brave enough to Google “Nuva ring.” Ten minutes ago the officer took it upon himself to remind me that there is no smoking in city parks. I probably shouldn’t push my luck.

The Return of Street Corner Conservatism

Column: Donald Trump and the political philosophy of the Deplorables

Donald TrumpRichard Nixon was plotting his 1968 presidential campaign when he received a letter from a high school English teacher in Pennsylvania. The correspondent, a young man named William F. Gavin, wasn't certain Nixon would run. But he sure wanted him to. "You can win," Gavin wrote. "Nothing can happen to you, politically speaking, that is worse than what has happened to you."