Roger Kimball

The changing season brings a change in politics

21 October 2023 6:50 am

If you are paying attention, you know that nature is full of inklings and adumbrations. I am writing in New…

What hath Matt Gaetz wrought by tipping over the House apple cart?

5 October 2023 12:23 am

What’s worse than chaos? How about a power vacuum? All the beautiful people are bewailing the ouster of Kevin McCarthy as speaker…

Why dry Sauternes are the next big thing

22 September 2023 8:54 pm

It is my sense that the popularity of sweet wines like Sauternes, Port, Tokaji and all the German Auslese wines…

Joe Biden has become a global embarrassment

12 September 2023 4:39 pm

What time is it? A bit like the emperor Domitian, Joe Biden seems confused about the time. Warned by an omen…

It’s always Chablis weather

1 September 2023 6:25 am

It is very hot here in New England at the end of July. It was hot a week or two…

Has America lapsed into a gerontocracy?

31 August 2023 4:04 am

Although I write at high summer, by the time you read this another school year will be upon us. I…

Trump’s interview blows the Republican debate away

24 August 2023 5:49 pm

One of the reasons that Donald Trump is so despised by the beautiful people of America – the people that…

David Bruce, a doctor in the vines

29 July 2023 2:24 am

Every good vintner deserves a good origin story. David Bruce, the founder of the eponymous winery in the Santa Cruz…

Operation Get Trump

25 July 2023 4:09 am

Humankind, said T.S. Eliot, cannot bear very much reality. A case in point was the chyron that Fox News posted…

Will Chuck Grassley’s Burisma bombshell finally get the Bidens fired?

22 July 2023 5:06 am

A famous clip from recent history: “I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor’s not fired, you’re not getting the…

The known unknowns of 2024

23 June 2023 6:00 pm

I think it was the once-renowned critic Clement Greenberg who gratefully acknowledged that his job as a cultural commentator allowed…

There’s malarkey aplenty in the Bidens’ shell game

14 June 2023 9:29 am

“Because that’s where the money is.” That was the answer that Willie Sutton, an expert in his chosen field, gave when…

What to do when you only have modest wine on hand for a decorous guest

30 May 2023 10:59 pm

So, I’ve have been rooting around in Horace’s Epistles, which are full of amusing things. They really are not “epistles” in…

Is America a republic in name only?

26 May 2023 12:30 pm

Is the United States a one-party state? Surely not. Just look at the ballots the next time you vote. There…

A disastrous DeSantis 2024 ‘launch’ on Twitter Spaces

25 May 2023 9:08 am

Free tickets to Disney World: maybe that’s what Ron the aspiring Don should give to the clever staffer who thought of…

John Durham exposes the whole anti-Trump caper

17 May 2023 12:20 am

Well, well, well. That is to say, I told you so. Finally, at last, it was about time, scary-looking special counsel John…

Is it too late to save America?

28 April 2023 5:19 am

Regular readers may recall how fond I am of a mot from the British diplomat, author and art collector Edgar Vincent, the…

Could the Blinken revelations lead to Biden’s impeachment?

23 April 2023 1:53 am

What’s that flapping sound? Could it be the sound of chickens coming home to roost? Or maybe it’s just the grating…

The Democrats will come to rue this Trump indictment

6 April 2023 12:26 am

So, everyone was even more right than they thought: Alvin Bragg’s breathlessly awaited arraignment of former president Donald Trump really…

A history lesson for Joe Biden

31 March 2023 3:05 pm

Some moderately clever people, reflecting on the confusing morass of current events, knowingly quote George Santayana’s most famous observation: that…

Even Biden knows Kamala is useless

28 March 2023 5:32 am

As the song in “Li’l Abner” said, “The Country’s in the Very Best of Hands.” I wonder if Joe Biden…

How to wine and dine

20 March 2023 8:34 am

If you dare to host a dinner party, said Brillat-Savarin, you must be prepared to be responsible for your guests’…

The unraveling of Joe Biden: a retrospective

2 March 2023 2:26 pm

Looking back on the classified docudrama that brought down the Biden administration, it is still not easy to identify the exact…

How will the GOP survive without Paul Ryan?!

27 February 2023 3:10 am

Psychologists and self-help gurus agree: it’s the little things that bring a smile to one’s lips and impart savor to…

Stepping out into freedom

27 January 2023 2:21 pm

Given the fire-hose disgorgement of revelations about the behavior of the FBI, the CIA and their infiltration of the mainstream media,…