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“While stands the Coliseum, Rome shall stand;
When falls the Coliseum, Rome shall fall;
And when Rome falls—the world.”

                                 —Lord Byron

 

Welcome to When Falls the Coliseum: a journal of American culture (or lack thereof).

When Falls the Coliseum is full of humor and satire, vigorous discussion, serious reflection, reviews, occasional strangeness, and more loudmouthed opinions than you can shake a big stick at, if you are the sort who shakes sticks (we gave up the practice ourselves several years ago, along with talking softly). Some of our writers might be defined as liberal, conservative, or libertarian, some as Christian, Jewish, or atheist. Others don’t own dictionaries and can’t say for sure what they are. Some are writers by trade; some actually work for a living. Some are motivated by high political and philosophical ideals; some just hate bad service at restaurants and think you need to hear about it. They come from all corners of the fruited plains, and all of them are, like everyone else in this country, sure they’re right. Except for the ones who aren’t.

What are you waiting for? Give yourself a tour and make yourself at home. All of the newest content can be found on the front page. You can also subscribe to rss feeds and e-mail announcements and browse by category. Read about our contributors and history and policies (which includes our terms of use) and other basic information by using the links near the top of the page. And get in on the action and comment on blog posts. A few arguments might ensue, but at least no punches will be thrown.