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April 2021

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China

Is the Pope a Chinese asset?

The Pontiff has kowtowed to Beijing

By Damian Thompson

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Finance

Show us the money

Why society needs cash

By Ross Clark

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Business

The city that never dies

It’s too soon to write off New York

By Ed Zotti

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Internet

Thirst trap: how ‘vinfluencers’ took over the wine world

I work in wine, but my lip curls involuntarily at pouting influencers

By Lisse Garnett

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Business

Journalism is pure madness

The North American media is in a ‘purity spiral’

By Toby Young

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Middle East

The virus and Isis

What do jihadis think about the COVID-19 pandemic?

By Paul Wood

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Science & Tech

Shame won’t make you quit smoking. Love might

If you’re lucky, you stumble upon people who’d like you around for a long time

By Chadwick Moore

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Diary

After a week or two in New Hampshire, I worry that I’m regressing as an adult

I’m duly chastened when my brother suggests I stop sharing memes and let him get this grant written

By Bria Sandford

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Middle East

The dark Prince

A short history of a very modern mercenary

By Kelley Beaucar Vlahos

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Science & Tech

More drugs!

Just what America needs

By Mary Eberstadt

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Internet

Please cancel me

It would be good for business

By Matt Purple

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Science & Tech

Big Dope

A fog of madness, a stinky green cloud, is now descending on America

By Madeleine Kearns

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International

How to overcome the new fear of flying

With few exceptions, almost every single person tried to talk us out of going

By Bridget Phetasy

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China

How China targets Uighur expats in the US

Some prominent activists say they’ve been tracked down several times

By Hollie McKay

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Europe

That’s Zemmour: meet France’s Tucker Carlson

Could the controversial journalist unseat Emmanuel Macron?

By Jonathan Miller

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Science & Tech

The Great Acceleration: why I’m looking forward to the post-COVID age

What is starting today is a new age of technological wonder

By Bruno Maçães

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Middle East

Is the truth about burn pits too toxic?

My brother, his cancer and the political disregard for veterans

By Mary Kate Skehan

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Spectator Editorial

How the border crisis could define Biden’s presidency

The new administration is dangerously addicted to sentimentality

By The Editors

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Politics

Justice for Derek Chauvin

If you were a juror, would you dare to return a ‘not guilty’ verdict?

By Roger Kimball

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Books + Arts

Music

Dark knight of cool

Poor Chet Baker. He really was born to be blue

By Jacob Heilbrunn

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Music

What did Steve get?

The Buzzcocks guitarist on a weird 2020

By Graeme Thomson

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Art

Pictures at an exhibition

As he collects nearly two decades of essays and criticism, Marco Grassi recalls a life in the art world

By Marco Grassi

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Film

Sundance memories

Robert Redford’s film festival goes virtual

By Gavin Smith

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Books

Ever the Twain

For an artist to qualify as a genius, he only has to do create a single masterpiece once. Twain did it twice

By Chilton Williamson, Jr.

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Books

Radetzky marches on

From the sounds of Strauss to the stories of Joseph Roth

By David Pryce-Jones

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Podcasts

Comfortably numb: Sam Harris on meditation

Harris ignores the prerequisites for meditation that nearly all religions consider essential

By Emily Ferguson

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Television

Picking Apple

There probably is something here for everyone. But maybe only one thing

By Katrina Gulliver

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Book Review

Spells and bindings

The Madman’s Library: The Strangest Books, Manuscripts and Other Literary Curiosities from History by Edward Brooke-Hitching reviewed

By Dennis Duncan

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Book Review

Fear thy neighbor

The Twelve Lives of Alfred Hitchcock: An Anatomy of the Master of Suspense by Edward White reviewed

By Peter Tonguette

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Film

Here’s looking at you, Kid

One hundred years on from the seminal Chaplin flick

By Christopher Sandford

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Book Review

Missing the big picture

Francis Bacon: Revelations by Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan reviewed

By Martin Gayford

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Book Review

Loving the alien

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro reviewed

By Sameer Rahim

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Television

The third degree

ZeroZeroZero reviewed

By James Delingpole

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Book Review

Things go flying

The Haunting of Alma Fielding: A True Ghost Story by Kate Summerscale reviewed

By Susan Hill

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Life

Low Life

My French lessons with Lord Nelson

Wearing two masks struck me as being as absurd as wearing two hats and I laughed

By Jeremy Clarke

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Home

Whatever happened to the heroes?

Politicians as a class are almost without exception second- or third-rate people

By Chilton Williamson, Jr.

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High Life

An elegy on the end of elegance

People ached to have a good time — to splurge, to let go

By Taki

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Home

Books you shouldn’t read in public

To read is to invite derision, especially if you grew up in a working-class town

By Bill Kauffman

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Home

The art of mourning well

Following Mum’s death, I have been staying quietly at her home on the beach in a whirlpool of memories

By Aidan Hartley

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The church that’s hosted the Virgin Mary, Benjamin Franklin and Hugh Grant

St Bartholomew the Great will celebrate its 900th birthday in 2023

By Tom Holland

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The meaning of artichoke

Artichoke came into English in the 16th century from words already obscure in their derivation

By Dot Wordsworth

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Place

Place

Under the skin of Seville

Four hundred years have passed since Seville was the greatest and most glamorous city on earth

By Lesley Downer

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Food + Drink

Food

The need to knead

Loafing, the Swedish way

By Calla J. Corner

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Food

Dinner with Judy

A virtual party will have to do

By Timothy Jacobson

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Drink

Georgians on my mind

Amphora euphoria

By Roger Kimball

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