Steve Sailer

Steve Sailer

Steve Sailer is a journalist, columnist for VDARE.com, and founder of the Human Biodiversity Institute, which runs the invitation-only Human Biodiversity discussion group for top scientists and public intellectuals. Steve blogs regularly at isteve and has recently published his first book, America's Half-Blood Prince: Barack Obama's Story of Race and Inheritance.


Hollywood

Polanski’s Ghost Writer, and Americanising Britain

Polanski’s Ghost Writer, and Americanising Britain

Apr 20 2010

American culture has become so globally dominant that even the lamest U.S. customs, such as our soporific presidential debates, infect countries blessed with superior traditions.

Sports Politics

Tiger’s Republican Shaming

Tiger’s Republican Shaming

Apr 13 2010

In professional wrestling, the designated hero in a match is known as the "€œface"€ (short for "€œbabyface"€) and the villain is the "€œheel."€ At the

Nature vs. Nurture

Sheer Luck Is All It Takes To Be A Genius

Sheer Luck Is All It Takes To Be A Genius

Apr 06 2010

What does it take to be a genius? Europeans of the Romantic Era tended to ascribe the accomplishments of the great to an inborn spark.

Nature vs. Nurture

Practice Makes Perfect (Or How to Raise a Sports Genius)

Practice Makes Perfect (Or How to Raise a Sports Genius)

Mar 23 2010

In South-Central Los Angeles in 1940, a Mexican immigrant gave her son a 51-cent tennis racket for his 12th birthday. After wandering over to the

Commerce

Betting on The Hollywood Stock Exchange? Better Play Roulette

Betting on The Hollywood Stock Exchange? Better Play Roulette

Mar 16 2010

I certainly don"€™t know much about investing, but I can give you one solid tip: don"€™t bet in the movie box office futures market. Wall

Zeitgeist

Zachary Mason and the Legacy of Borges

Zachary Mason and the Legacy of Borges

Mar 09 2010

In synopsis, The Lost Books of the Odyssey, a lapidary first work of fiction by Silicon Valley computer scientist Zachary Mason, sounds like an overly

London 2012

The Death of Spectator Sports

The Death of Spectator Sports

Mar 01 2010

What's the long-term future of spectator sports? With the conclusion of the Winter Olympics, some new trends have come into focus. The Olympics, for instance,

London 2012

The Case of the Gay Figure Skater

The Case of the Gay Figure Skater

Feb 19 2010

Imagine that you are a young fellow who likes being the center of attention as you spin around in the air. How would you choose

Oscar Mania

Tarantino vs. The Coen Brothers

Tarantino vs. The Coen Brothers

Feb 11 2010

The inflation from five to ten in Best Picture Oscar nominees means that to have any hope of keeping them all straight in your head,

Oscar Mania

What Bigelow Learned From Cameron (And Vice-Versa)

What Bigelow Learned From Cameron (And Vice-Versa)

Feb 04 2010

As you"€™ve no doubt heard by now, leading Oscar nominees Avatar and The Hurt Locker are directed by ex-spouses: James Cameron and Kathryn Bigelow, who

Zeitgeist

Megalomaniac Filmmakers

Megalomaniac Filmmakers

Jan 28 2010

With James Cameron's Avatar shouldering aside George Lucas's original Star Wars and Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight for second place on the all time movie

In Vogue

In Defense of James Cameron

In Defense of James Cameron

Jan 19 2010

You might think that James Cameron, the man who wrote and directed the two biggest global box office blockbusters in history, Titanic and technologically groundbreaking

Zeitgeist

Up in the Air: Reitman, Clooney Disappoint

Up in the Air: Reitman, Clooney Disappoint

Jan 11 2010

Until the Underpants Bomber tried to blow up Flight 253 over Detroit, the frontrunner for the Best Picture Oscar was widely assumed to be Up

Zeitgeist

The Ballad of Jeff Bridges

The Ballad of Jeff Bridges

Dec 09 2009

After The Dark Knight failed to earn a Best Picture Oscar nomination, the Academy expanded the number of nominees for its top honor from five

Culture

Mad Man

Mad Man

Dec 03 2009

The sharply contrasting careers of two Slavic-American artists who both died in 1987, the droll commercial illustrator Andy Warhol and the titanic sculptor Stanislaw Szukalski,

Zeitgeist

Quibbling Rivalry

Quibbling Rivalry

Nov 18 2009

Last Sunday evening, while I was watching the final minutes of the now famous Indianapolis Colts - New England Patriots football game, I experienced a

Zeitgeist

Method in the Madness

Method in the Madness

Nov 11 2009

Can I milk another column out of Mad Men? Why not? Matthew Weiner's show about Madison Avenue in the early 1960s is so meticulously detailed

Zeitgeist

Man Men

Man Men

Nov 04 2009

Mad Men, the upscale drama about an early 1960s Madison Avenue advertising agency, is a sort of Brideshead Revisited for heterosexual American grown-ups. For Baby

Zeitgeist

Serial Killers

Serial Killers

Oct 28 2009

The cable period drama Mad Men attempts to answer the question: What would have Cary Grant's stylish advertising executive in Hitchcock's 1959 barnburner North by

Zeitgeist

Hollywood Chihuahuas

Hollywood Chihuahuas

Oct 21 2009

Everybody complains about how dumbed-down movies have gotten. Here, for example, are representative quotes from A.O. Scott of the New York Times in "€œSpoon-Fed Cinema"€

Sports

War Games

War Games

Oct 14 2009

October is the busiest month on the spectator sports calendar, when we finally get to the baseball games that do matter, and most football teams

The Obamaverse

Change Has Come to the Galaxy

Change Has Come to the Galaxy

Oct 10 2009

What follows is the text of former President Barack Obama’s farewell address, which he delivered before departing in the interstellar battlecruiser that had landed near

Sports

Blackballed?

Blackballed?

Oct 07 2009

Let's celebrate diversity! In Division 1-A college football, 19 of the top 20 players in rushing yards are"€”as sports fans expect"€”black. Yet, the #1 rusher

Diversity

Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness

Sep 30 2009

Based closely on the outstanding 1999 novel that won J.M. Coetzee the Nobel Prize in Literature, the new art house film Disgrace follows August's District

Zeitgeist

Spies Like Us

Spies Like Us

Sep 23 2009

Watching Steven Soderbergh's comedy The Informant! (with Matt Damon as that guy back in the 1990s who squealed to the feds about how he fixed

Zeitgeist

Songs of Our Soil

Songs of Our Soil

Sep 16 2009

Having listened to country music on and (mostly) off since Johnny Cash's "€œA Boy Named Sue"€ four decades ago, I checked in on Billboard's Top