Two years ago I walked into a café in Florence and said “Can I get an espresso?” The waitress replied “No, no, here we say buongiorno first, we smile, and only then we order. Try it, it is nice.” That is a civil place. It was not America. …

America is facing a crisis. Families are going to have Thanksgiving together this year.

Nobody wants to admit “We may die of Covid” was a better excuse for not getting together last year than “I’m stuck in O’Hara.” Nobody wants to admit chicken tenders from the microwave and a Friends

I’m looking at a knife my grandfather gave me when I was in 6th grade. I’m about to use it on a new project, some 50 years after. The question it brings up is when does something change from being just old to being important?

A lot of stuff just…

It’s bad enough when someone actually thinks reposting a “I Stand With…” meme is an act of woke resistance. But when the problem is enlarged to societal-scale, it hurts us all. Nothing actually broken actually gets fixed, and a deep sense of cynicism is injected into once-believers when they realize…

When Democratic strategists look back on how Woke Theology cost them key races in 2021, never mind the coming flood of the midterms, they will discover the #MSWL. Hidden away on Twitter, this is one of the actual headwaters of all things blindly woke, the way the mighty Mississippi begins…

Peter Van Buren

Author of Hooper’s War: A Novel of WWII Japan and WE MEANT WELL: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts + Minds of the Iraqi People

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