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Podcasts from Spectator writers
From the magazine
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Does meditation make us kinder people?
From the Magazine
Am I your type?
Mary Kate Skehan
The advent of Joe Biden is another step on the road to the destruction (or ‘fundamental transformation’) of America
A city with too many problems
Any time someone points out their faults, they start naming all the segments of humanity that the Sixties supposedly liberated
The Vice President and the politics of solipsism
As long as demand holds up, the debt will only deepen
What should the US do about the Tigray crisis?
Are Bridget’s meme stonks going to the moon?
Ask where Harris stands and the footwork begins
In its desire to reverse the days of Trump, the Biden administration may mistake sentimentality for foreign policy
A future history
Michael R. Auslin
Is this Trump’s biggest con yet?
Biden needs another Asian pivot
Plus: what’s in the internal social justice portal for Northrop Grumman employees?
On the 500th anniversary of the Field of the Cloth of Gold
Books + Arts
Paradise: Dante’s Divine Trilogy Part Three. Englished in Prosaic Verse by Alasdair Gray reviewed
There’s No Such Thing as an Easy Job by Kikuko Tsumura reviewed
‘People choose the advice that suits them, including the politicians’
The Humboldt brothers inspired Berlin’s museums — and London’s too
Frederic Raphael wrote the script for Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut. Now he writes a personal letter to the director’s shade
We Are Bellingcat: Global Crime, Online Sleuths, and the Bold Future of News by Eliot Higgins reviewed
Raised by Wolves reviewed
Tom Stoppard: A Life by Hermione Lee reviewed
Brendel’s writing, unlike his nobly self-effacing recordings, hints at a slightly scary personality
Whatever happened to the heroes?
Dostoevsky in Love: An Intimate Life by Alex Christofi reviewed
Was there one Enlightenment or many?
Invisible Ink by Patrick Modiano reviewed
Wollstonecraft: Philosophy, Passion and Politics by Sylvana Tomaselli reviewed
The Volga: A History by Janet M. Hartley reviewed
Should the state of New York be divided into two states?
Words and phrases we could do without
Chilton Williamson, Jr.
When the nuns begin to sing, their soaring, piercing voices make you look for a microphone
Ovid and Lucan used decumanus, he found, of a wave, but not absolutely, as a noun
One more of the good guys is now gone
She would live on mushrooms for a month, then put us up in the finest Parisian hotel
Tudor architecture marked the first instance of Anglo domesticity recognizable today
Food + Drink
If I was ever unsure what to ask for, anywhere in Europe, I was not to panic
Marrying meatballs with plantains and curry
Putting California on the map
Breaking the maple syrup monopoly
Thought-provoking commentary and opinion on politics, books and the arts.