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February 2022

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Joe Biden in the metaverse

The Biden administration has taken up permanent residence in a metaverse of its own fantasies

By The Editors

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Diary

Late for the Post

Manhattan fêtes are rarely organized by people with newspaper deadlines

By Kelly Jane Torrance

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Politics

Can Matt Gaetz survive a real world scandal?

The Florida congressman promulgates govern-by-media tactics

By Jay Caruso

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Science & Tech

In the valley of the shadow of birth

Pregnancy revealed that I didn’t know anything.

By Bridget Phetasy

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Politics

Energy is the most important issue in the world

Gas prices are climbing, Russia is building pipelines, yet we’re focused instead on appeasing climate activists

By Ayaan Hirsi Ali

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Science & Tech

The tragic kingdom of Anthony Fauci

Fauci believes himself to be the spokesperson for ‘science itself’

By Stephen L. Miller

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Policy

Biden’s big energy bust

His policy errors have sunk his presidency

By Rupert Darwall

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Internet

Twitter has taken the place of the ancient curse-tablet

The mentality of the ancient curse-tablet lives on

By Peter Jones

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Politics

New Rome, new home

I wonder whether the moment hasn’t come to begin thinking of Washington the way the later emperors thought of Rome

By Roger Kimball

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Politics

Does the Orange Man have the juice?

Donald Trump is not just a problem for Republicans. He’s a problem for the Republic

By Charles Lipson

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Internet

Blackpill: inside the incel death cult

An online in-joke becomes real-world terrorism

By Ben Sixsmith

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China

How China meddles in American academia

Rather than facing up to the threat China poses on American college campuses, the White House seems to want us to get along happily with our friends across the Taiwan Strait

By Peter W. Wood

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Europe

The other Camus

The gay past of the alt-right’s French guru

By James Kirchick

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Culture

The moment I fell in love with music

Music is one of the hardest things to write about

By Bill Wyman

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Politics

The multinational that ate Virginia

For many activists, Glenn Youngkin is the face of a GOP that can win — with or without Trump

By Daniel McCarthy

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Politics

San Francisco is sick

How the Golden State can grow up and fix its crisis of disorder

By Michael Shellenberger

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Culture

Tweed is of the essence

A tweed confers, and expresses, the manly freedom of paying no mind to one’s appearance

By Christopher Caldwell

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Religion

Downloading God in the App Store

Is the concept of manna from Heaven really so different than ordering from Uber Eats or Postmates?

By Daniella Greenbaum Davis

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Education

Harvard’s diversity disgrace

Why should Asians take one for the team?

By Kenny Xu

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A tale of three cities

Like New York, London feels on the verge of anarchy already, only much livelier

By Dominic Green

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Books + Arts

Books

Getting the jokes in Proust

A dismaying number of Proust readers don’t realize it’s supposed to be funny

By Nicola Shulman

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Book Review

Reality bit

True Story: What Reality TV Says about Us by Danielle Lindemann reviewed

By Christopher J. Scalia

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Book Review

Reading gaol

Sentence: Ten Years and a Thousand Books in Prison by Daniel Genis reviewed

By Alexander Larman

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Book Review

Picking a fight

Why Argument Matters by Lee Siegel reviewed

By Micah Mattix

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Book Review

Sex and the city

Cleopatra and Frankenstein by Coco Mellors reviewed

By Philip Womack

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Books

Poor little rich girls

Heiresses: The Lives of the Million Dollar Babies by Laura Thompson reviewed

By Anne Sebba

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Exhibitions

Hogarth framed

Great artists like Hogarth are getting the trigger-warning treatment

By Michael Mosbacher

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Film

John Wayne behind the blue line

The Seventies weren’t John Wayne’s decade, and that was fine by him

By Nicky Smith

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Film

Serve and volley

King Richard reviewed

By Alex Perez

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Theater

Nanny bait

Mrs. Doubtfire reviewed

By Robert S. Erickson

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Music

Returning to live gigs

When Covid rampaged through the world like a Viking raid of death-cult realtors, the world was suddenly shorn of live music

By Luke Haines

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Music

Get with the program

Both in Pittsburgh and Miami, I was struck by the rousing enthusiasm that the symphony and soloists evoked with their temerarious playing

By Jacob Heilbrunn

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Podcasts

Digging it

Tunnel 29 reviewed

By Emily Ferguson

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Life

High Life

America is a nation divided

One cannot fail to be troubled by the growing cultural divisions within the country

By Taki

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Low Life

A hidden side of the Somme

We had the perfect guide who took us off the beaten track and knew when to keep quiet

By Jeremy Clarke

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London Life

Of human bondage

When did sexual deviancy — as it used to be called — become so dull?

By Cosmo Landesman

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American Life

Rum, Rome and rebellion

Men and women of the working class, Catholic or not, are arraigned by progressive yappers for being socially retrograde

By Bill Kauffman

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Prejudices

The death of literature

Literature in the West is dead for the simple reason that the West itself is virtually dead

By Chilton Williamson, Jr.

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And Finally

Cold water swimming

I rather enjoy the shocked faces of passersby who catch sight of us swimmers at the Serpentine Pond in Hyde Park

By Isabel Hardman

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And Finally

The French have made a hash of the hashtag

The hash has grown in importance since 2007 when Twitter introduced the hashtag

By Dot Wordsworth

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Place

Place

Blowing my mind in the Electric Forest

What happened to the all-embracing, welcoming spirit emanating from the Electric Forest?

By James Jeffrey

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Place

Return to Iraq

More than two millennia of Jewish history stalks the land that now encompasses the modern state of Iraq

By David Patrikarakos

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Food + Drink

Food

A load of old crêpes

Eat crêpes on Candlemas, enjoy a year of happiness, says a traditional French-Canadian proverb

By Jane Stannus

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Food

Marmite man

On a cold day in winter, there is nothing as cozy as buttered toast with a thick smear of Marmite and a cup of tea in front of afternoon TV

By Philip Hensher

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Food

The millennial kitchen

Millennial chefs are phoning it in

By Mary Kate Skehan

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Drink

Delicious wines from the Omicron Open

Fans of The Philadelphia Story will remember the starring role played by Miss Pommery 1926

By Roger Kimball

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