Jon Baskin

  • On Left Straussianism

    Nobody shares all their private complaints with an audience, but how do we know how much to share and with whom? Certainly, in the name of various kinds of shared commitments, it seems best…

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  • On the End

    Paul Schrader’s First Reformed tells the story of Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke), a middle-aged minister at a thinly populated Dutch Reformed church in upstate New York. The film begins when a pregnant parishioner…

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  • Letter on Denialism

    In  November, Politico published a profile of Claire Lehmann, the founder of the web magazine Quillette, which it hailed as the “unofficial digest” of the intellectual dark web. While acknowledging that many of the…

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  • Restoring Justice

    Jobi Cates is the director of Restore Justice, a Chicago-based nonprofit devoted to promoting “fairness, humanity and compassion” in the Illinois criminal justice system. Cates first became involved in issues related to criminal justice…

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  • Tired of Winning: D.C. think tanks, NYC magazines & the search for public intellect

    This essay appears in a special symposium on intellectuals, which is entirely composed of essays by the editors of The Point. Click here to read all of the essays from the symposium. My first full-time job after…

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  • Letter on The Point

    Every issue of The Point contains a “symposium” section organized around a question that takes the form: What is x for? Since the magazine’s inception in 2009, we’ve asked what sport is for, what…

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  • Out of Good Reasons

    Elena Ferrante, a pseudonymous Italian author about whom little is known personally, has in the past two years become a household name in American literary circles. The first of her seven novels, published in…

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  • Adult Conversation

    God, listen to me! Or don’t. –A. O. Scott As you may have heard by now, A. O. Scott wrote an article earlier this month for the New York Times Magazine entitled “The Death of…

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  • Doubters

    In the New Republic yesterday, Isaac Chotiner expressed relief that Sunday night’s episode of True Detective had returned to its roots as a “police procedural,” praising one scene in Episode 7 by comparing it…

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  • Enlightened

    The naïve viewer of HBO’s remarkable and now-defunct tragicomedy, Enlightened, may be forgiven for assuming, having gone through the first four or five episodes, that the show’s title is meant as a joke at the…

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