November

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November 2021

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The sleepwalkers

The Biden presidency has donned Jimmy Carter’s cardigan of shame in only nine months

By The Editors

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Diary

Brian Kilmeade on Fox News at 25

Everyone’s more engaged. That’s going to help in the long run

By Brian Kilmeade

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Politics

What’s on Biden’s mind?

The President’s health is a matter of national interest

By Harry Shukman

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Politics

The age of entropy

Our direction is not toward liberalism, but away from order of any kind

By Daniel McCarthy

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Economics

The numbers game

The slower the workforce grows, the faster wages will rise

By C.A.E. Goodhart

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Politics

America needs a 12-step program

As I hit my eighth sober birthday, I’m reflecting on exactly how much getting sober played a part in where I am today

By Bridget Phetasy

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Economics

The return of inflation

Inflation seldom explodes overnight: it builds up gradually

By Kenneth Rogoff

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Europe

As COP26 looms, Glasgow is facing a waste crisis

The Scottish National party is ruining Glasgow

By Stephen Daisley

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Politics

Feminism has failed us

Has demonstrating our alleged progress replaced progress itself?

By Daniella Greenbaum Davis

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Politics

Here come the Nineties

The Nineties were the first decade of the 21st century

By Matt Purple

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Education

Trigger happy

There are, to date, no studies that indicate trigger warnings work to their intended purpose

By Chadwick Moore

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Middle East

Goodbye, Lebanon

Farewell to a failed state

By Paul Wood

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Business

Whipping up a crisis

The wall between journalism and activism is badly corroded

By Jesse Singal

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China

Evergrande illusions

Expect more Evergrandes from China’s command economy

By Allison Schrager

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Science & Tech

Social media is nothing like heroin

My addiction turned out to be an entirely correctable habit

By Karol Markowicz

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Business

Sign of the Times

When the media’s credibility collapsed, the New York Times led the way

By Batya Ungar-Sargon

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Science & Tech

How we can keep innovating

The prophets of stagnation are wrong

By Michael Bhaskar

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Europe

Scotland by sleeper

Wanting to avoid the airport, I took a late-evening, six-and-a-half-hour train from Edinburgh to Bristol

By Benjamin Riley

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Education

The problem with Ovid

Ovid clearly was not an enlightened modern

By Roger Kimball

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Books + Arts

Book Review

All Greek to us

The Greeks by Roderick Beaton and The Greek Revolution by Mark Mazower reviewed

By John Psaropoulos

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Book Review

The elusive adventures of Catherine Dior

Miss Dior: A Study of Courage and Couture by Justine Picardie reviewed

By Anne de Courcy

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Book Review

The great gig in the sky

Leaving the Building: The Lucrative Afterlife of Music Estates by Eamonn Forde reviewed

By Max Décharné

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Book Review

Why should art have ever been considered a male preserve?

The Mirror and the Palette by Jennifer Higgie and Women in the Picture by Catherine McCormack reviewed

By Laura Freeman

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Books

Why we should venerate Evelyn Waugh

Waugh was unquestionably among the greatest novelists of the 20th century

By Chilton Williamson, Jr.

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Books

Turning the page on James Bond

James Bond was first a literary hero

By Alexander Larman

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Art

The art world is cashing in on anti-capitalism

Anti-capitalist artists like Barbara Kruger and Santiago Sierra are very skilled at making money from the capitalist machine

By Stuart Jeffries

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Music

Vital Morgan

Lee Morgan was searching for a new musical path forward, following but not retreading the bebop era

By Jacob Heilbrunn

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Podcasts

Delivery woes

The exorbitant transaction fees Grubhub and DoorDash and Uber Eats charge mean restaurants often lose money

By Jessa Crispin

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Film

Eternal Eastwood

Cry Macho reviewed

By Alex Perez

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Film

The spy’s the limit

No Time to Die reviewed

By Will Lloyd

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Life

High Life

I loved prison

Yes, prison is unremittingly bleak, but I recall only how physically well I felt during my time inside

By Taki

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Low Life

I rather enjoy my chemotherapy sessions

I don’t exactly look forward to them but it’s not so bad once I’m there

By Jeremy Clarke

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Home

Personal grooming on date night

You never appreciate how little your friends know you till they fix you up with a date

By Cosmo Landesman

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Home

I was on the floor in ’74

It’s hard to believe, but New York was a competitive state then

By Bill Kauffman

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Home

The peculiarly American attitude toward change

Until quite recently, the preponderance of the country viewed suspicion of change, let alone resistance to it, as un-American

By Chilton Williamson, Jr.

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Style

The daring young man who gave his name to the leotard

The leotard was always a happily ambiguous garment

By Laura Freeman

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Language

The rational meaning of ‘surd’

A surd number or quantity is irrational, such as the square root of two

By Dot Wordsworth

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Place

Place

Perudo in Utah

Dicing in the desert

By Orson Fry

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Place

Tough times for tenacious Tigray

I wouldn’t envy anyone fighting in that terrain against a tenacious, vigorous people defending their beloved homeland

By James Jeffrey

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Food + Drink

Drink

Drinking with James Bond

Where to soak up the 007 mystique

By Joe Rogers

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Food

In defense of the English original sandwich

Yank yearns for ye olde English sandwich

By Timothy Jacobson

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Food

Mums the word

Chrysanthemums signal the beginning of fall and the harvest

By Calla J. Corner

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Drink

Two modest but delightful wines

Uncork them for Thanksgiving

By Roger Kimball

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