Jack Butler, National Review

Jack Butler

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Past articles by Jack:

Some Ray Bradbury B Sides

Don’t sleep on the lesser-known works produced by his wondrous imagination. → Read More

Ketanji Brown Jackson Is Wrong about It’s a Wonderful Life

The Supreme Court justice appears to have totally missed the point of the movie. → Read More

The State of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati

Jack Butler's essay for the ‘Lamp’ provides background on the context that made Beacons of Light necessary, assesses its logistical implications, and more. → Read More

Indiana Jones Is Back (Again)

We’ll get to see next summer whether Harrison Ford’s last go-round as one of his most famous characters will have been worth another sequel. → Read More

Blake Masters Is What Went Wrong for Republicans in the Midterms

The only thing the losing Arizona Senate candidate can offer the RNC is guidance on how not to run a campaign. → Read More

Obi-Wan Kenobi, from a Certain Point of View

The Star Wars parody you didn’t know you needed, from YouTube account Auralnauts, asks: What if Obi-Wan were a deadbeat degenerate? → Read More

Was The Rings of Power Worth Forging?

The first season ends as a mixed bag, with a frustrating incompleteness that means the show cannot yet be judged fully. → Read More

Joe Biden Is Wrong about Catholic Teaching on Abortion

America’s second Catholic president is not the only one who needs guidance about what the Church teaches. Fortunately, such guidance is available. → Read More

Mark Zuckerberg’s Net Wealth Has Dropped by $71 Billion

He has even renamed his company ‘Meta.’ How is that working out? → Read More

Joe Scarborough Is Full of It on Abortion and Christianity

The Morning Joe host simply doesn’t know what he’s talking about. → Read More

Tom Bombadil: Mystery Solved?

Understanding the meaning of the enigmatic Lord of the Rings character. → Read More

Arcade Fire’s Latest Album: Not as Memorable, but Certainly Admirable

We doesn’t stick with you as the band’s prior work did, but its spirit of defiance against the modern world is genuine. → Read More

2012: What Might Have Been

An America without an Obama second term could have been a much saner and more stable place. → Read More

Black Panther without Black Panther?

Will whoever takes on the mantle be a sufficiently engaging presence around which to anchor a Chadwick Boseman–less sequel? → Read More

New Lord of the Rings Show Trailer: Lavish Production, Uncertain Overall Quality

It looks good, but will it capture the essence of Tolkien? There are some early warning signs. → Read More

Who Is Tom Bombadil?

Notes on by far the most mysterious character in J. R. R. Tolkien’s ‘The Lord of the Rings.’ → Read More

‘The Boys of Pointe du Hoc’

We would do well to recall the sacrifices of our forebears, through tribute, memory, instruction, and perpetuation of what they fought for, as D-Day itself fades from living recollection. → Read More

‘A Pig in a Cage on Antibiotics’

There are a lot of machines and a lot of sounds on "OK Computer," released 25 years ago this month, on which the band attempted to use the best production techniques and technology available in 1997 to capture a mood of intense, technology-driven unease. → Read More

China Censors Its Own National Anthem as Lockdown-Enforcement Measure

Let these dual myths of China’s government as a model of technocratic efficiency and as a paragon of patriotic sentiment perish amid its oppressive Covid response. → Read More

There’s Nothing Quite Like Everything Everywhere All at Once

The new multidimensional action comedy is unique — and uniquely enjoyable. → Read More