Science fiction and midwestern regionalism?: Bill Kauffman on Ray Bradbury. I haven’t read Bradbury for a long time but what I remember fits with what Kauffman says: that he uses sci-fi and fantasy to make some very earthy points.
Ross Douthat on the American heresy. Douthat is Catholic and a bit of a prodigy in that he is a “senior” editor of The Atlantic while still (I think) in his 20s; I find it a very hopeful sign that someone with his views is in such a position.