Bruce Jenner is not the only person trading identities. Hillary Clinton’s recent march to the left is one of the more remarkable political transformations in...

To the Editor: Heather Wilhelm is on target when she writes that there is no “rape culture” [“The ‘Rape-Culture’ Lie,” March]. Rather, rape is a crime...

Most pop songs are about love. So are most classical art songs. So are most folk songs. What is more, most of us take all...

In September Barack Obama launched the “It’s on Us” campaign, designed to fight what he called the “nightmare” of campus sexual assault. “An estimated one...

I was a solitary child. I did a lot of reading. The books that kindled my ambition to be a writer were by W. Somerset...

True Wit is Nature to advantage dress’d, What oft was thought but ne’re so well express’d.—Alexander Pope, “An Essay on Criticism”

Prudence is an intellectual virtue, the moral theologians tell us, sometimes even called the “queen of the virtues.” Without its power to humble and restrain,...

The murky facts of the August 9 incident in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, where 18-year-old Michael Brown was left dead in the...

It is not yet clear if Twitter, the social-media site whose users send out 140-character mini-statements, is generally good or bad for public life, or...

The motives for humor are as manifold as those for murder. Among them are the raucous physical misfortunes of others (slapstick), grotesque incongruities (between reality...

The Price of Silence: The Duke Lacrosse Scandal, the Power of the Elite, and the Corruption of Our Great UniversitiesBy William D. CohanScribner’s, 653 pages On...

Sexplosion: From Andy Warhol to ‘A Clockwork Orange’—How a Generation of Pop Rebels Broke All the TaboosBy Robert HoflerHarperCollins, 387 pages On October 5, 1969, news...