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I’m pleased to announce that our webzine is now further expanding its coverage by adding an Arts & Culture selection, initially focused on film reviews. Towards this goal, we’ve now taken on Trevor Lynch who has long covered that area for Counter Currents as a regular columnist and have also incorporated more than one hundred of his past reviews, totaling almost 200,000 words. Here’s his Archive link:

http://www.unz.com/author/trevor-lynch/

Unsurprisingly, roughly half of those reviewed films fall into the Science Fiction/Fantasy category, which for much of history has been on the cutting-edge of exploring controversial themes, often in a highly metaphorical manner.

At present, this collection of film reviews constitutes a large fraction of our Arts & Culture archives, but we hope to gradually extend it in other directions as well, and eventually have it become a category equal with our previous ones.

http://www.unz.com/tcategory/arts-culture/

Also, Gilad Atzmon, the noted critic of Israeli foreign policy and Israel Lobby activism, has now also been provided a regular columnist-slot on our Home page and Sidebar:

http://www.unz.com/author/gilad-atzmon/

On the technical side, we have recently made a small modification to our commenting system, automatically saving the Commenter Handle and Email by default, thereby making it easier for commenters to maintain their existing identities and also allowing them to more readily use the Agree/Disagree/LOL/Troll response-options.

I’ve also now added quite a number of additional websites, both alternative and more mainstream, to the comparison list provided to evaluate the relative progress of our own webzine over the last couple of years according to the Alexa.com traffic-rankings, and these provide further evidence of our considerable success:

http://www.unz.com/announcement/major-progress-amid-media-purges/

For example, at the beginning of 2016, we had little more than one-sixth of the readership of Foreign Policy, for over half a century a prestigious mainstay of the foreign affairs community, but since then our relative ranking has improved by over 200%, now placing us at well over half its readership.

Even more remarkable has been our growth against the website of Commentary, the long-time flagship organ of the powerful Neoconservative movement. At the beginning of 2016, it was well ahead, but now we are getting four times the traffic, representing a relative improvement of well over 300%.

Finally, for those interested in supporting our small webzine and assisting its expansion, you can easily set up a modest recurring donation via Patreon. We’ll also soon be adding a direct one-time donation option:

https://www.patreon.com/UnzReview

 
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  1. Anon[340] • Disclaimer says:

    Kevin Michael Grace would be ideal. He is erudite and insightful.

    Far more interesting than Lynch are the guys at Soiled Sinema. Lynch is too PC from the other side. He praises JURASSIC WORLD because it is ‘pro-white’. That isn’t sufficient reason for recommending any movie.

    http://www.soiledsinema.com/

    • Replies: @Tusk
    , @peterike
  2. Tusk says:
    @Anon

    Senna brings back memories, the film (and that review) are great.

  3. Anon[425] • Disclaimer says:

    Andy Nowicki is a very interesting critic of culture and society.

    https://www.thornwalker.com/ditch/nowicki_shyamalan.htm

    I think he’s losing his mind for lack of proper venue. He needs a worthy platform.

    • Agree: mark green
    • Replies: @SporadicMyrmidon
  4. This makes Unz great again, thanks, but at some point, can we include painting, sculpture, architecture and the applied arts—the static arts?

  5. Anon[425] • Disclaimer says:
    @Endgame Napoleon

    This makes Unz great again, thanks, but at some point, can we include painting, sculpture, architecture and the applied arts—the static arts?

    Just use Bing Images and search for ‘art’.

  6. Anonymous[674] • Disclaimer says:
    @Endgame Napoleon

    This site has interesting art posts and occasional commentary:
    https://gab.ai/groups/a216872b-671a-4436-9547-49989452c256

  7. @Endgame Napoleon

    Static arts are great…. but I side with Nietzsche: “I would only believe in a god who could dance.”

    (I think the good static arts prompt a dance of the eye and mind…)

  8. Interesting expansion. I wonder if we couldn’t use a daily ‘news digest’ feature which (along with UNZ.COM’s other material) could make this site almost one-stop shopping for all good men and women. Granted it would take someone to administer it, and that would be labor-intensive. But where do we now go for news? Most sources are seriously ‘compromised’ to put it kindly.

    • Replies: @SporadicMyrmidon
  9. I wish you growth and I hope this site continues for many more years to come. I have learnt a lot from it. Thank you for the great education.

  10. Anon[214] • Disclaimer says:

    It would nice to have a literary critic promoting the same kind of literature Harold Bloom put in his Canon (which gets lambasted all the time by the Cool and Progressive, bearing testimony to its worth), and the same as for classical music.

    Shouldn’t there be also a Commentary-type columnist? They are a legitimate part of what’s voiced in the cultural scene, one of such voices would add to the site’s completeness.
    I am aware, on the other hand, that the site purposes on being a collection of censored views.

    • Replies: @Anon
  11. Anon[307] • Disclaimer says:

    You need a fundraising option other than Patreon. You WILL get banned. It’s only a question of when.

    • Agree: Bill Jones
  12. dearieme says:

    What would be wonderful would be to a carry a monthly column on America’s great contribution to the arts – minor arts to be sure, but ragtime and early jazz were at their best wonderful stuff. Moreover, they came from an era when nobody appeared interested in lying about the role and calibre of blacks. Scott Joplin was black and wrote some lovely stuff – no need to lie about him; all you have to do is listen. Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, …; the real McCoy. No need to pass off a dud as a genius when you have these fellows to listen to.

    Nor would anyone sane try to make a case that these chaps were Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart rolled into one. But someone who knew his onions writing about their music; writing sympathetically, critically, enthusiastically,… I’d enjoy that.

  13. Mr. Unz, PLEASE consider contacting Dr. E. Michael Jones of Culture Wars magazine to see if he would like to contribute in some way to this webzine. He is especially great with arts and culture.

    Unz.com could really use a columnist, or occasional contributor, from the perspective of traditional Catholicism.

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @Intelligent Dasein
  14. peterike says:
    @Anon

    He praises JURASSIC WORLD because it is ‘pro-white’. That isn’t sufficient reason for recommending any movie.

    What? Given the media climate and it’s rabid anti-white bias, being “pro-white” is perhaps the MOST sufficient reason for recommending a movie.

    • Replies: @Svigor
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    “Ignore” feature = useful.

    Vast majority of anons are useless eaters.

  16. Jesus, Ron! You already have the best website on the internet. Do you really want me to spend my every waking hour here? When will I find time to eat and bathe? 😉

    Seriously, keep up the good work …

    • Agree: Dan Hayes, geokat62
  17. Anon[397] • Disclaimer says:
    @John Burns, Gettysburg Partisan

    All EM Jones ever does is yammer about logos. He is bogus.

  18. Anon[397] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    San Fran Review of Book leans right.

    http://www.sanfranciscoreviewofbooks.com/

  19. jim jones says:

    Unz is well on the way to becoming “The front page of the internet”. One thing I would like to see is the end of anonymous commenting, it may be only a screen name but I prefer to see who has made a post.

    • Agree: NoseytheDuke
    • Replies: @Anon
  20. Anon[425] • Disclaimer says:
    @jim jones

    If this site can get Margot Darby(far more interesting than Trevor Lynch), Kevin Michael Grace, and Andy Nowicki for discussion of cultural matters, it’d be a big win. Soiled Sinema is interesting but a bit too edgy. Robert Stark is a so-so interviewer, but he does talk to a lot of interesting people.

  21. songbird says:

    Arts is a good edition. Purely entertainment sites usually don’t respect free speech when it comes to comments, so there is an obvious benefit to hosting arts here.

    • Replies: @dfordoom
  22. I’d like to suggest adding this journal if possible:
    Praesidium: A Common-Sense Journal of Literary and Cultural Analysis

    It seems to have folded up. Here is a summary:
    http://literatefreedom.org/literate-values-failed/

    Home page:
    http://literatefreedom.org/praesidium-home-page/

    Archive:
    http://literatefreedom.org/287-2/

    It seems that the website literatefreedom.org has some pretty good content outside the “journal” itself. If there were a way to wrap these additional articles into a presence here that would be great. I’m thinking mainly of the reading, art, film and music recommendations, but maybe I missed something.

    OK, I’ll link those:
    http://literatefreedom.org/recommended-reading/
    http://literatefreedom.org/art-gallery/
    http://literatefreedom.org/fine-music/
    http://literatefreedom.org/classic-films/

    I only discovered this site after it was already moribund, but many of the articles here are great, and certainly against the grain of contemporary culture, and I think that they would be a good fit here, especially if there will now be an expanded culture focus.

    Seriously, this would be great. I have never seen any other “online” presence pushing the ideas discussed there, and it is ultimately unsurprising that they didn’t “make it” online, but this strikes me as stuff that at least some of readers here could run with.

  23. @Anon

    He has repeatedly struck me as one of the personalities on the broader online “alt right” spectrum as one who could deservedly have a much broader audience. He strikes me as more thoughtful and astute than many others with wider name recognition.

  24. @Mr McKenna

    I feel the pull of this suggestion, but I end up disagreeing.
    I think that one of the good things about unz.com is that many of the featured “channels” etc are genuinely not in alignment with each other. I think that any sort of “official” curatorship of “news” would undermine that. Indeed, I am fairly confident that many fans of this site have widely divergent opinions on current issues. Take Trump for instance: I think there are readers here who are MAGA fans, readers who think he is not at all right wing enough and is a tool, readers who are moral conservatives and think he is a buffoon, and readers who have some sort of libertarian or leftist stance and think he is utterly ridiculous but find good stuff here, as well as less easily categorized readers.
    One option for a “one stop shop”is the “Video Channel” which I think is underused. Most of the video channels focus on more “urgent” stuff than the written features, and there really is a wide diversity there, from “Democracy Now” to “Red Ice”, along with multiple state supported propaganda outlets, like RT, Aljazeera English, etc. Add this to Google News, which gives the MSM view, and you probably won’t miss much “news”. I am going to try this myself.

    • Replies: @dfordoom
  25. Anon[463] • Disclaimer says:

    People love to talk about pop music.

    It might be a good idea to have someone discuss 2oth century music.

    • Replies: @Anon
  26. @John Burns, Gettysburg Partisan

    Unz.com could really use a columnist, or occasional contributor, from the perspective of traditional Catholicism.

    I would be happy to volunteer for that job.

    • Replies: @Anon
  27. dfordoom says: • Website
    @songbird

    Purely entertainment sites usually don’t respect free speech when it comes to comments, so there is an obvious benefit to hosting arts here.

    Agreed. If you look at most arts/entertainment sites (and blogs) they’re stiflingly PC. Even the ones devoted to arts/entertainment of the past (like classic movies or even pulp fiction) go out of their way to apologise for the wicked political incorrectness of the works they discuss.

    That’s actually an often overlooked minor battlefield of the Culture War – the attempt to denigrate the popular culture of the past as racist, sexist, homophobic etc.

    We’re in the mess we’re in because we’ve lost every battle in the Culture War and a lot of the battles were over apparently trivial cultural matters, but SJWs understand that there are no trivial cultural matters.

    • Agree: songbird
  28. dfordoom says: • Website
    @SporadicMyrmidon

    I feel the pull of this suggestion, but I end up disagreeing.
    I think that one of the good things about unz.com is that many of the featured “channels” etc are genuinely not in alignment with each other. I think that any sort of “official” curatorship of “news” would undermine that. Indeed, I am fairly confident that many fans of this site have widely divergent opinions on current issues.

    Agreed. My impression is that Ron does not want Unz Review to have any actual political stance. It’s more of a “let a thousand flowers bloom” approach. It’s an approach I like.

  29. Anon[121] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    A weekly or monthly discussion of one of the key Rock Albums would be interesting: Rubber Soul, Revolver, Beggars Banquet, Are You Experienced, and etc.

    Even if we limit the discussion from 50s to 2000, that’s a lot of material to discuss.
    Not everyone is interested in books or paintings, but everyone has an opinion on pop music, esp Rock.

    • Replies: @dfordoom
  30. Anon[121] • Disclaimer says:
    @Intelligent Dasein

    I would be happy to volunteer for that job.

    Too many Catholic opinions. How about from a neo-Christian outlook?

    Another idea for A&C section would be ask each of Unz writers to offer a monthly piece on something related to arts, culture, entertainment.

    So, if Saker saw some interesting Russian movie lately, he can write about it. Derb can write about his favorite novels. Gottfried can discuss cultural history.

    This way, the A&C can be a group effort.

    Arts and Culture is one area where one doesn’t have to be a specialist to have opinions. It’s like everyone is a movie or rock critic. John Simon didn’t study music and doesn’t know how to read music, but he had lots to say about opera and classical music and etc.

    https://www.amazon.com/John-Simon-Music-Criticism-1979-2005/dp/1557835063

    • Replies: @dfordoom
  31. Anon[309] • Disclaimer says:

    I wish comments were allowed for every blogger and columnist. I clearly remember the substance-barren offensive handful of comments that led Craig Roberts to disable the feature, but I think this ezine’s policy should not provide wirters with such a right.
    To censor boorish comments especially if barren of meaningful remarks would more than suffice to ensure a climate of decency.

  32. Anonymous[403] • Disclaimer says:

    Unz.org is, from what I understand, a vastly under-utilized resource. One reason may be the unfamiliarity of contemporary readers with the authors it contains. If a person has never heard of, for example, I.F. Stone or Murray Rothbard, even if he or she glances at their names on the Unz.org landing page, they mean nothing. The same with the publications — what was Collier’s Weekly or Scribners and why should anyone read them today?
    Perhaps you could offer an occasional guide for readers, directing them to particular articles, author or publications. Maybe some of your older writers could review a good piece they remember by Joseph Wood Krutch or Christopher Morley, etc.

    • Agree: SporadicMyrmidon
  33. dfordoom says: • Website
    @Anon

    Not everyone is interested in books or paintings, but everyone has an opinion on pop music, esp Rock.

    Steve Sailer talks about rock music from time to time and it seems to generate quite a bit of interest. Sailer is smart enough to know that if you’re going to talk about serious depressing subjects you have to throw in some fun stuff as well.

    • Replies: @Anon
  34. dfordoom says: • Website
    @Anon

    How about from a neo-Christian outlook?

    Pardon my ignorance but what is a neo-Christian?

  35. Anon[300] • Disclaimer says:
    @dfordoom

    If you aim to run a mass-market blog, that is.

  36. I see a new blogger and the introduction of Barrett as columnist, when do they get announced?

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