Matt Labash

Matt Labash is the author of “Fly Fishing with Darth Vader” and numerous magazine articles and essays. He was formerly a senior writer at “The Weekly Standard,” where he worked since 1995. He lives in Owings, Maryland, with his wife and two children. Subscribe to his new Substack “Slack Tide” here.

Author Articles


Why We Stay Chained to Our Obsessions For the last decade and a half, like Sisyphus, I have rolled a rock uphill. When I reach the summit, I momentarily stop, see the rock teeter, and as with the accursed mythological symbol of futility, I watch the rock make its gravity-assisted descent, where I will join it at valley bottom, starting the uphill slog anew...

"Kind of Blue"

God and Man and Bluebirds Sometimes change happens to us so imperceptibly, that we become our new selves before ever registering that the old us is long gone. But I remember the precise date I became Tony Soprano. It was May 21, 2018. By this, I don’t mean that I started speaking with a New Jersey accent, or interviewing strippers at the Bada Bing, or...