Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. His latest book is Reforming Journalism. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

Crying out in despair

Books | Christ is the antidote to depressing diagnoses
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 2/27/20, 03:51 pm

Beware the Ides of March, ancient Romans used to say, but Catherine Wilson’s How to Be an Epicurean (Basic, 2019) would have us, as we become ancient, beware every day. That’s because one of her heroes is Lucretius, the ancient Roman materialist who considered the absence of pain and fear to be the greatest pleasure—and the old, facing both, would have “hearts ranked with anxiety.”  

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Real unreality

Television | Some critics may be looking too closely at The Man in the High Castle
by Shayla Ashmore, Mark Closson & Marvin Olasky
Posted 2/13/20, 04:02 pm

The Man in the High Castle’s opening show in 2015 was Amazon’s most-watched ever. Viewers and critics relished the premise—an alternative reality where Germany and Japan won World War II—but after 10 episodes of Season 4, it’s now over. All 40 episodes are available for streaming via Amazon Prime.

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Executive branch insight

Books | Walking Washington’s political tightrope
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 2/13/20, 03:27 pm

Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley walks a political tightrope in With All Due Respect (St. Martin’s, 2019). She writes of her relationship with Trump, “We didn’t always see eye-to-eye. Sometimes I called to privately express my disagreement with a policy. But he always took the call and he always listened. Usually, as in the case of the Iran deal, we agreed.”

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