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The right is willing to entertain a bewildering range of possibilities these days
From the Magazine
I think I’ve cornered the market in being a national conservative who actually knows anything about the entertainment industry
Crunch time for the darling and demon of the French right
What a delight when a driver tells you not to mask up
Biden is nothing if not spectacularly persistent in the one cause that has animated his entire career
John R. MacArthur
A symposium on the future of American conservatism
Most of us can’t tell the difference between high-quality video games and actual war
Joan Collins and Taki in conversation
Joan Collins and Taki
She stands up to her suitors and they admire her trick to delay her marriage
Science & Tech
Science fiction can prepare us for what happens next
We can’t sustain this extreme fear forever
Daniella Greenbaum Davis
The playwright has undergone a conversion. He’s an apostate now
How does it feel to be an American tourist in such a tourist-free world?
Books + Arts
Seventy-five years ago, Evelyn Waugh headed to Hollywood to sell Brideshead Revisited
Last Call at the Hotel Imperial: The Reporters Who Took On a World at War by Deborah Cohen reviewed
The Great Experiment: Why Diverse Democracies Fall Apart and How They Can Endure by Yascha Mounk reviewed
Christopher J. Scalia
American literature is intensely preoccupied with the beautiful female psychopath
Private Notebooks: 1914-1916 by Ludwig Wittgenstein, edited and translated by Marjorie Perloff, reviewed
Astrid Sees All by Natalie Standiford reviewed
The beauty of dirty realism is that it captures regular life in all its stupefying, and sometimes transcendent, malaise
Holbein’s heroes have arrived in New York City
Ralph Vaughan Williams is caricatured as a populist purveyor of ‘folky-wolky’ melodies
First Flight to Tokyo by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers reviewed
MJ: The Musical reviewed
Robert S. Erickson
Buster Keaton is again of the moment
Cover Story: Power Trip and Power Corrupts reviewed
The author took herself extremely seriously
After a morning at a 15th-century priory, and lunch at the Café de France, I rejoined the ranks of the alive and well
The world needs busy people to keep turning — and someone has to pick up the tab
Remember the last invigorating spasm before the body of the party achieved corpsehood?
Sports would not have survived Classical Greece and the Roman Empire
Chilton Williamson, Jr.
In the nineteenth century, the sport was played across Latin America
I dislike postmodernist architecture and big business being beastly to workers, but late capitalism seems to me quite a feeble cliché
A cold case in a hot place
Even the graffiti can’t undo the light over Athens. It bathes the city in a serene glow
Food + Drink
The Venetians still love black food pulled from the lagoon that saved them
Unknowingly, my parents were playing a part in a rapidly disappearing American scene: families conversing civilly around a table
Calla J. Corner
For Easter, why not plan a crown roast of lamb?
Blue skies, periodic showers that freshen the verdure and intelligent governance from Ron DeSantis: no wonder they call it paradise
Thought-provoking commentary and opinion on politics, books and the arts.