Rick McGinnis

Filling the God-shaped hole

Rick McGinnis: Interim writer, Rick McGinnis, Amusements The idea of a “God-shaped hole” that came into existence roughly during the Enlightenment and grew with the retreat of religion is mistakenly attributed to the French philosopher Blaise Pascal. The truth is that nobody really knows where the phrase came from, but it has taken on a life of its own, becoming [...]

2024-04-08T11:38:13-04:00April 8, 2024|Religion, Reviews, Rick McGinnis|

Bad art for bad times: hitting the creative dead end

Rick McGinnis: Interim writer, Rick McGinnis, Amusements Last fall, film critic Christian Toto wrote a column asking why conservative creators – authors, filmmakers, musicians and comedians – have a hard time getting their work promoted to the audiences they’re trying to reach because conservative news media is so unenthusiastic about covering and promoting their work. “The Left maintains a strong, [...]

2024-02-13T11:23:48-05:00February 13, 2024|Rick McGinnis, Society & Culture|

What men think about when they think of Rome

Rick McGinnis: Interim writer, Rick McGinnis, Amusements I knew something was up when my eldest daughter texted me: “Dad, how often do you think about the Roman Empire?” I replied quickly – and honestly. “At least every other day.” “That’s what I thought,” she wrote. “I know why you’re asking this,” I responded. It had begun just a few days [...]

2023-12-12T12:26:37-05:00December 12, 2023|Marriage and Family, Rick McGinnis, Society & Culture|

My generation: the decades that divide us

Interim writer, Rick McGinnis, Amusements Rick McGinnis: I have a theory that we only started thinking seriously about generations after World War II when – in Western countries at least – it became rarer for multiple generations to inhabit the same household. Instead of being divided roughly into “young” and “old” we became obsessed with the small differences between discrete [...]

2023-11-07T10:53:54-05:00November 7, 2023|Reviews, Rick McGinnis, Society & Culture|

Missed Manners: Rediscovering class again and again

Rick McGinnis: Interim writer, Rick McGinnis, Amusements In her new book On Class, Toronto writer and editor Deborah Dundas talks about showing up for a job interview at a television station overdressed. Brought up with a working-class background, she recalls that she “looked like I was pretending to be a banker,” while the people interviewing her dressed more casually, familiar [...]

2023-09-20T10:59:37-04:00September 20, 2023|Rick McGinnis, Society & Culture|

Tragic Flaw: Robert Kaplan’s mea culpa

Interim writer, Rick McGinnis, Amusements It might be easier to be optimistic about the future if we published more mea culpas – books like Robert D. Kaplan’s recent The Tragic Mind: Fear, Fate and the Burden of Power, in which the author confesses to a heavy conscience in the wake of what he considers two errors of judgment that ended [...]

2023-08-01T08:15:47-04:00August 1, 2023|Reviews, Rick McGinnis|

World’s end: enjoy the decline

Rick McGinnis: Interim writer, Rick McGinnis, Amusements There’s an evergreen appeal to books about the world going to hell. There might be better or worse times to tell a story about civilization falling apart – the ‘30s and ‘70s were ripe for it; the ‘60s and ‘90s not so much. We’re in one of those doomsaying boom times again. I [...]

2023-03-30T11:03:38-04:00March 30, 2023|Reviews, Rick McGinnis, Society & Culture|

Too much information and little lies

Interim writer, Rick McGinnis, Amusements Rick McGinnis: Ten years ago, journalist Leah McLaren wrote something that would come back to haunt her: “I have a secret to tell you: The best confessional writing isn’t the truth.” The first sentence of an article published in Chatelaine magazine, it was a reflection back on a career writing about herself and her experiences [...]

2023-02-14T14:08:56-05:00February 14, 2023|Rick McGinnis|

The curse of the mummy’s tomb is credulity

Rick McGinnis This year has been the half-century anniversary of a lot of things. I recently wrote about the 50th anniversary of The Godfather, but the significance of this cultural event wouldn’t become important to me until much later in life. More crucial to my world when I was eight years old was the Treasures of Tutankhamun exhibit, opened at the British [...]

2022-12-22T17:18:00-05:00December 22, 2022|Rick McGinnis|

Don Vito’s world

Rick McGinnis: We have been living with Francis Ford Coppola’s film The Godfather for 50 years. Even more than the Mario Puzo book on which it’s based, what book can hope to resonate in what has become an increasingly visual, post-literate society? Coppola’s film has had a profound effect not just on movies, but on how a first world society built on [...]

2022-10-12T10:38:58-04:00October 12, 2022|Reviews, Rick McGinnis|

Don’t worry, be unhappy

Rick McGinnis: Interim writer, Rick McGinnis, Amusements Nearly 15 years ago, Emory professor Mark Bauerlein wrote The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future, a warning that the cohort just making their way out of the educational system were going to wrack havoc on civic and cultural life. It joined a library of books [...]

2022-08-04T10:30:40-04:00August 4, 2022|Reviews, Rick McGinnis, Society & Culture|
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