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Spectator Editorial

What is conservatism for?

The right is willing to entertain a bewildering range of possibilities these days

By Spectator Editorial

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Diary

Return to Hollywood

I think I’ve cornered the market in being a national conservative who actually knows anything about the entertainment industry

By Amanda Milius

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Europe

Marine Le Pen’s last stand?

Crunch time for the darling and demon of the French right

By Kapil Komireddi

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Business

The United States of Uber

What a delight when a driver tells you not to mask up

By Chadwick Moore

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Politics

Joe Biden is winning

Biden is nothing if not spectacularly persistent in the one cause that has animated his entire career

By John R. MacArthur

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Politics

Fight for the right

A symposium on the future of American conservatism

By The Spectator

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Internet

A state of virtual war

Most of us can’t tell the difference between high-quality video games and actual war

By Bridget Phetasy

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Culture

Hollywood, fist-fights and getting canceled

Joan Collins and Taki in conversation

By Joan Collins and Taki

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Education

Was Penelope really a ‘silenced’ woman?

She stands up to her suitors and they admire her trick to delay her marriage

By Peter Jones

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Science & Tech

How science fiction novels read the future

Science fiction can prepare us for what happens next

By Niall Ferguson

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COVID

I’m done being a crazy Covid lady

We can’t sustain this extreme fear forever

By Daniella Greenbaum Davis

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Culture

Why David Mamet went right

The playwright has undergone a conversion. He’s an apostate now

By Oliver Wiseman

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Europe

The last American tourist

How does it feel to be an American tourist in such a tourist-free world?

By Christopher Caldwell

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Books + Arts

Books

Waugh in Hollywood

Seventy-five years ago, Evelyn Waugh headed to Hollywood to sell Brideshead Revisited

By Alexander Larman

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Book Review

Fit to print

Last Call at the Hotel Imperial: The Reporters Who Took On a World at War by Deborah Cohen reviewed

By Anne Sebba

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Book Review

Diversifying democracy

The Great Experiment: Why Diverse Democracies Fall Apart and How They Can Endure by Yascha Mounk reviewed

By Christopher J. Scalia

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Books

Femmes fatales in fiction and life

American literature is intensely preoccupied with the beautiful female psychopath

By Susan Jonusas

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Book Review

A private life

Private Notebooks: 1914-1916 by Ludwig Wittgenstein, edited and translated by Marjorie Perloff, reviewed

By Micah Mattix

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Book Review

Beautiful and damned

Astrid Sees All by Natalie Standiford reviewed

By Philip Womack

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Books

Dirty realists

The beauty of dirty realism is that it captures regular life in all its stupefying, and sometimes transcendent, malaise

By Alex Perez

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Exhibitions

Holbein at the Morgan

Holbein’s heroes have arrived in New York City

By James Panero

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Music

England’s cowpat modernist

Ralph Vaughan Williams is caricatured as a populist purveyor of ‘folky-wolky’ melodies

By Richard Bratby

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Music

Messenger service

First Flight to Tokyo by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers reviewed

By Jacob Heilbrunn

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Theater

Michael Jackson on Broadway

MJ: The Musical reviewed

By Robert S. Erickson

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Film

Troubles in paradise

Belfast reviewed

By Alex Perez

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Film

Buster’s land stand

Buster Keaton is again of the moment

By Peter Tonguette

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Podcasts

Power couple

Cover Story: Power Trip and Power Corrupts reviewed

By Jessa Crispin

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Life

High Life

The joylessness of Joan Didion

The author took herself extremely seriously

By Taki

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Low Life

The healing power of medieval austerity

After a morning at a 15th-century priory, and lunch at the Café de France, I rejoined the ranks of the alive and well

By Jeremy Clarke

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London Life

The rise of the Busy People

The world needs busy people to keep turning — and someone has to pick up the tab

By Cosmo Landesman

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American Life

A eulogy for the Democrats of yore

Remember the last invigorating spasm before the body of the party achieved corpsehood?

By Bill Kauffman

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Prejudices

The ultimate human futility of sports

Sports would not have survived Classical Greece and the Roman Empire

By Chilton Williamson, Jr.

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And Finally

Cricket in Buenos Aires

In the nineteenth century, the sport was played across Latin America

By Andreas Campomar

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And Finally

What does ice cream have to do with ‘late capitalism’?

I dislike postmodernist architecture and big business being beastly to workers, but late capitalism seems to me quite a feeble cliché

By Dot Wordsworth

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Place

Place

Who killed Dicky?

A cold case in a hot place

By Aidan Hartley

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Place

Souvlaki with graffiti

Even the graffiti can’t undo the light over Athens. It bathes the city in a serene glow

By James Jeffrey

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Food + Drink

Food

The real food of Venice

The Venetians still love black food pulled from the lagoon that saved them

By Tanya Gold

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Food

Table talk

Unknowingly, my parents were playing a part in a rapidly disappearing American scene: families conversing civilly around a table

By Calla Jones Corner

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Food

Spring’s perfect roast

For Easter, why not plan a crown roast of lamb?

By Jane Stannus

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Drink

Tastes of paradise

Blue skies, periodic showers that freshen the verdure and intelligent governance from Ron DeSantis: no wonder they call it paradise

By Roger Kimball

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