June

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June 2021

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Science & Tech

America’s race to the bottom

The nation has an anal fixation

By Dominic Green

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Business

Son of a gun

The family gun club

By James Panero

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Internet

Why are young men so scared of sex?

Sexting has taken the place of sex

By Zoe Strimpel

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Business

Playboy of the western world

We aren’t living in Hef’s cultured Playboy world anymore; if anything, we are living in Hustler’s nightmare

By Bridget Phetasy

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Internet

Do women really like porn?

Porn exposes the difference between men and women

By Cosmo Landesman

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Education

Help yourself to self-help

I’m hopeful about the current self-help trends

By Mary Kate Skehan

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Science & Tech

The mad world of David Icke

The global pandemic is David Icke’s moment

By Paul Wood

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Education

Paying the price of free speech

The union of fragility and intolerance has given us that curious and malevolent hybrid I have called the crybully

By Roger Kimball

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Internet

The sexual counterrevolution is coming

America’s young elite is turning against free love

By Mary Harrington

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Politics

Sunflowers and sleepwalkers during the pandemic

Being home more is a blessing for my family, but I really miss being with my entire DC team

By Laura Ingraham

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Business

Why the media is melting down

I’m here to tell you that the American media is a disaster

By Jesse Singal

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Internet

My ongoing war with the ‘vinfluencers’

I stand by the article I wrote in the April issue of The Spectator about ‘vinfluencers’ and the social-media celebrities who use their looks to sell wine

By Lisse Garnett

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Spectator Editorial

EDITORIAL: Joe Biden and the magic money nightmare

It’s unfashionable to worry about inflation. It’s also right

By Spectator Editorial

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Science & Tech

Tim Dillon is seriously funny

The worldview from which Dillon derives much of his comedy is apocalyptic: civilization on the brink

By Damian Reilly

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International

How Canada will conquer the US

Canada is on the march

By Ed Zotti

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Politics

How Jon Stewart killed comedy

Stewart became a prominent progressive voice, a pundit screaming into the void

By Matt Purple

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Politics

Is there such a thing as ‘after Trump’?

It is impossible to get any Congressional Republican to say publicly that Biden won fairly

By Andrew Sullivan

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Science & Tech

Michael Lewis on the CDC’s great COVID failing

‘This has been a horrible pandemic, but it is not the big one’

By Mary Wakefield

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China

The China model: why is the West imitating Beijing?

It is one thing to compete with China. But the minute we start copying them, we are on the path to perdition

By Niall Ferguson

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Books + Arts

Podcasts

So many stories are boring

Adam McKay’s podcast offers an antidote

By Jessa Crispin

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Film

The last American video store

Video killed the video store

By Nicky Smith

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Book Review

Nature is healing

Islands of Abandonment: Nature Rebounding in the Post-Human Landscape by Cal Flyn reviewed

By Thomas W. Hodgkinson

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Book Review

Bright and beautiful

Double Blind by Edward St Aubyn reviewed

By Alex Preston

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Music

Along came Bill Evans

No matter his personal woes, Evans almost always vouchsafed his listeners something not merely to dig but to cherish

By Jacob Heilbrunn

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Book Review

Five intrepid women

Undreamed Shores: The Hidden Heroines of British Anthropology by Frances Larson reviewed

By Caroline Moore

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Book Review

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, quite contrary

The Pioneering Life of Mary Wortley Montagu by Jo Willett reviewed

By Ian Thomson

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Books

The soul of Flannery O’Connor

Was Flannery O’Connor a racist, or was she not?

By Chilton Williamson, Jr.

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Art

Meet the Medici at the Met

Bad politics often make good art. That’s especially true when the art is tasked with making sense of political senselessness

By James Panero

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Books

Best of the Old West

Larry McMurtry (1936-2021)

By Taki

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Book Review

The trouble with defining Englishness

Englishness: The Political Force Transforming Britain by Ailsa Henderson and Richard Wyn Jones reviewed

By Simon Heffer

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Music

Take a trip with Hawkwind

Hawkwind played notes from underground, but they had a global influence

By D.J. Taylor

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Book Review

Approximately Bob Dylan

The Double Life of Bob Dylan: A Restless, Hungry Feeling, 1941-1966 by Clinton Heylin reviewed

By Andrew Motion

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Life

Home

Thelonious Monk deserves the last note

The mural painted on my envisioned Thelonious Monk Alley would feature images of little Thelonious in his fireman’s cap, surrounded by firemen, and the adult Thelonious at the piano

By Bill Kauffman

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High Life

The lost magic of Palm Beach

Its beautiful Hispanic architectural marvels are gradually being torn down

By Taki

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Home

Why I’m investing in sheep

As we emerge from the pandemic, I’m going long on Dorpers

By Aidan Hartley

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Home

The problem with progressives

Progressives claim to abhor the concept of class, yet no group in this country is as conscious of it as they are

By Chilton Williamson, Jr.

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The Latin ‘ictus’

Ictus can as easily be applied to the stress on a syllable in poetry

By Dot Wordsworth

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Style

Basket case

My tangled web of basket weavers

By Calla J. Corner

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Low Life

The beauty of French nurses

Whereas the older nurse was effortlessly capable of subjectivity, objectivity, sympathy and imagination, the younger woman was limited to the first category only

By Jeremy Clarke

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Virgil understood the great power of nature

It rapidly becomes clear that farming is no joyride

By Peter Jones

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Place

Place

The romantic return of Florence’s wine windows

Italians, normally so keen to hug and kiss each other, have been forced into social distancing, and it has given the wine windows a new lease of life

By Henry Jeffreys

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Place

Keem Bay, Ireland: the best beach in the world

Beware: Keem Bay is beguiling

By Dea Birkett

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Food + Drink

Food

I’ve come to love the onion

You name it, you can — and for some reason people always do — put onion in it

By Jane Stannus

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Food

I miss America’s sandwiches

If the British public are not introduced to good sandwiches, they will not know what’s possible

By Hannah Moore

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Drink

In defense of decaf

It’s the question every decaf critic asks: why drink coffee with no kick?

By Kate Andrews

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