Armin Rosen

Armin Rosen

Armin Rosen is a staff writer for Tablet magazine.

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Why conspiracy theories offer hope

There is only one recent work of art that captures the reality that conspiracism is both the final remaining mode of meaningful civic participation in America and a powerful spiritual balm for us. In......

Don’t sweat the technique, America

Bob James is a white man born in central Missouri in the late 1930s. He was discovered by Quincy Jones at the Notre Dame Jazz Festival in the early 1960s, and also played piano alongside the great......

The vanishing of Donald Trump

Legend has it that Donald Trump is running for president again in 2024. If so, I certainly haven’t heard much about it—a gap in basic topical knowledge that would have been unthinkable even a few......

Americans love America like Iranian rebels do

The condemned man wears a mask only over his eyes, but the guards wear masks that cover their entire faces. Shame might explain the ghoulish dress code enforced at the foot of the Islamic Republic’s......

Jay-Z, the cautionary tale of America’s reigning rap plutocrat

Guessing at the taste of future generations is usually a waste of time and emotion, but that’s never stopped anyone. Which artists will endure into eras we won’t be alive to see? Should we even care......

American fiction doesn’t matter anymore

Lack of imagination, breezy ignorance of the citizenry, plain old-fashioned fear—these are not characteristics one associates with a society that once produced William Faulkner, James Baldwin, and......

Not an earthquake, but an astonishment

No, Saudi Arabia’s shocking win against tournament favorite Argentina on Tuesday was not the greatest upset in the history of the World Cup. In 1950, tournament host Brazil took the field against......

Why Americans Don’t Care About Soccer, I Mean Football

I first met my girlfriend at a bar during the 2021 European championship final, when Italy eked out a victory against England on penalty kicks. We have not watched a single soccer—football, for most......