“The Party of Prison Reform”: The Weekly Standard

Michael Hough—a second-term Republican state legislator from Frederick County, Md.—is about as conservative as blue-state legislators come. He played a prominent role in opposing the state’s new gay marriage law, holds an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association, and received a 100 percent score from the state’s business lobby.The major focus of his legislative agenda, however, crushes any stereotypes that might come to mind, given his résumé. Hough wants to reform America’s prisons and … [Read more...]

“Prison and the Poverty Trap”: John Tierney

in the NYT: ...The shift to tougher penal policies three decades ago was originally credited with helping people in poor neighborhoods by reducing crime. But now that America’s incarceration rate has risen to be the world’s highest, many social scientists find the social benefits to be far outweighed by the costs to those communities.“Prison has become the new poverty trap,” said Bruce Western, a Harvard sociologist. “It has become a routine event for poor African-American men and their fami … [Read more...]

“Of Woe That Is in Marriage”

was my original and IMO more accurate title for this article, on the dearth of good books about painful marriages. … [Read more...]

“The Arts & Faith Top 25 Marriage Films”

for Valentine's Day. My review of The Face of Another btw. … [Read more...]

“The End of Premarital Sex”

The next installment in my marriage-and-family books series for Acculturated. … [Read more...]

From “Some Prefer Nettles”

Kaname had seen the Bunraku puppets once ten years before. He had not been impressed--he could in fact remember only that he had been intensely bored. Today he had come solely out of a sense of duty, expecting to be bored again, and he was somewhat astonished that he should almost against his will be drawn so completely into the play. He had grown older, he had to admit. ... A pair of conflicting emotions pressed themselves on him: old age brought its own pleasures and was not really to be … [Read more...]

“Sex in the Meritocracy”: Helen Rittelmeyer

w/a really good piece: I rather think Yale is plagued by an excess of moral purpose—that purpose being the pursuit of perfection, however perversely defined. Its students are not relativists; they are not even radicals. They are ordinary modern liberals, with all the earnestness and all the moral blind spots the term implies. Concepts like social responsibility and public service animate them greatly (not many Gordon Gekkos in this generation), honor and loyalty less so. Their code of sexual e … [Read more...]


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