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The Biden administration has taken up permanent residence in a metaverse of its own fantasies
From the Magazine
Manhattan fêtes are rarely organized by people with newspaper deadlines
Kelly Jane Torrance
The Florida congressman promulgates govern-by-media tactics
Science & Tech
Pregnancy revealed that I didn’t know anything.
Gas prices are climbing, Russia is building pipelines, yet we’re focused instead on appeasing climate activists
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Fauci believes himself to be the spokesperson for ‘science itself’
Stephen L. Miller
His policy errors have sunk his presidency
The mentality of the ancient curse-tablet lives on
I wonder whether the moment hasn’t come to begin thinking of Washington the way the later emperors thought of Rome
Donald Trump is not just a problem for Republicans. He’s a problem for the Republic
An online in-joke becomes real-world terrorism
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
Peter W. Wood
The gay past of the alt-right’s French guru
Music is one of the hardest things to write about
For many activists, Glenn Youngkin is the face of a GOP that can win — with or without Trump
How the Golden State can grow up and fix its crisis of disorder
A tweed confers, and expresses, the manly freedom of paying no mind to one’s appearance
Is the concept of manna from Heaven really so different than ordering from Uber Eats or Postmates?
Daniella Greenbaum Davis
Why should Asians take one for the team?
Like New York, London feels on the verge of anarchy already, only much livelier
Books + Arts
A dismaying number of Proust readers don’t realize it’s supposed to be funny
True Story: What Reality TV Says about Us by Danielle Lindemann reviewed
Christopher J. Scalia
Sentence: Ten Years and a Thousand Books in Prison by Daniel Genis reviewed
Why Argument Matters by Lee Siegel reviewed
Cleopatra and Frankenstein by Coco Mellors reviewed
Heiresses: The Lives of the Million Dollar Babies by Laura Thompson reviewed
Great artists like Hogarth are getting the trigger-warning treatment
The Seventies weren’t John Wayne’s decade, and that was fine by him
Nicky Otis Smith
King Richard reviewed
Mrs. Doubtfire reviewed
Robert S. Erickson
When Covid rampaged through the world like a Viking raid of death-cult realtors, the world was suddenly shorn of live music
Both in Pittsburgh and Miami, I was struck by the rousing enthusiasm that the symphony and soloists evoked with their temerarious playing
Tunnel 29 reviewed
One cannot fail to be troubled by the growing cultural divisions within the country
We had the perfect guide who took us off the beaten track and knew when to keep quiet
When did sexual deviancy — as it used to be called — become so dull?
Men and women of the working class, Catholic or not, are arraigned by progressive yappers for being socially retrograde
Literature in the West is dead for the simple reason that the West itself is virtually dead
Chilton Williamson, Jr.
I rather enjoy the shocked faces of passersby who catch sight of us swimmers at the Serpentine Pond in Hyde Park
The hash has grown in importance since 2007 when Twitter introduced the hashtag
What happened to the all-embracing, welcoming spirit emanating from the Electric Forest?
More than two millennia of Jewish history stalks the land that now encompasses the modern state of Iraq
Food + Drink
Eat crêpes on Candlemas, enjoy a year of happiness, says a traditional French-Canadian proverb
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
Millennial chefs are phoning it in
Mary Kate Skehan
Fans of The Philadelphia Story will remember the starring role played by Miss Pommery 1926
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