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October 2020

The Spectator World

The Spectator would like to make one appeal in this tumultuous year: for America to keep faith in democracy.’

Why must we ‘live with’ coronavirus?

Living with is a phrasal verb first applied, in the 17th century, to spouses

By Dot Wordsworth

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Pimp’s paradise

Nevada’s legal brothels are a disaster for women

By Julie Bindel

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Politics

Bad Kshama: meet Seattle’s worst socialist

Kshama Sawant’s attitude to Amazon has come to reach the level of a personal hatred rarely seen outside marriage

By Christopher Sandford

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Politics

The Democratic art of magical thinking

It is not surprising that Democrats prefer pleasing fantasy to sobering reality

By Roger Kimball

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Politics

The hostages’ president

For all his faults, Trump cares about captive Americans

By Paul Wood

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Europe

Britain clambers aboard the BLM bandwagon

The public does not buy into the notion that there is ‘structural’ racism in the UK. There isn’t

By Rod Liddle

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Politics

Godforsaken: religion is vanishing from American politics

The country is undergoing a Great Unraveling

By Damian Thompson

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Politics

EDITORIAL: The danger this time

The promise to live and let live rather than treat every political battle as all-out war to the death is breaking down

By Spectator Editorial

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How many homes are at extreme risk of wildfire?

Texas has the second-highest number of any state

By The Spectator

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Politics

How democracy dies

Mail-in voting undermines elections

By Daniel McCarthy

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The 747 was the last moment of romance in air travel

From the ground, you almost sensed a 747 before you heard it

By Stephen Bayley

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Middle East

Pompeo’s principles

Talking policy, paradigms and turning Trump’s instincts into reality

By Dominic Green

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Books + Arts

Books

Monumental Mahler

The Eighth: Mahler and the World in 1910 by Stephen Johnson reviewed

By Philip Hensher

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Art

Morals and mortality

How will we remember the great musicians of the past?

By Emily Ferguson

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Art

Still painting after all these years

While others have postured, Paul Resika has kept on painting

By Andrew L. Shea

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Architecture

The perception of doors

Take hope, ye who enter here

By Benjamin Riley

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Books

French letters

Twentieth Century Paris: A Literary Guide for Travellers (1900-1950) by Marie-José Gransard reviewed

By Patrick Marnham

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Books

Modern English

The Blind Light by Stuart Evers reviewed

By Alex Preston

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Books

Small is beautiful

A Lover’s Discourse by Xiaolu Guo reviewed

By Mike Cormack

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Art

The art of the presidency

What are the major artworks of the Trump years?

By Will Lloyd

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Art

Out of Nam’s way

In country, Down Under

By James Delingpole

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Art

Old soul rebel

Kevin Rowland, decades after Dexys, is still running

By Michael Hann

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Books

Mart and marketing

Martin Amis has written another autobiography — sort of

By D.J. Taylor

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Books

The eyes have it

Renaissance and Baroque Art: Selected Essays by Leo Steinberg reviewed

By Eric Gibson

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Books

A river runs through it

Magdalena: River of Dreams by Wade Davis reviewed

By Hugh Thomson

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Life

Tech

Bring back robber barons

Why can’t Amazon and Facebook do what Carnegie and Rockefeller did?

By Mary Kate Skehan

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Home

Dickie and me

As older brothers separated by half a generation go, he has been a good one

By Digby Dent

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Education

The demise of American schooling

Taxpayers have no reason whatever to continue to support the US educational profession, such as it is

By Chilton Williamson, Jr.

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Home

The next so-called civil war

‘To-day the doctor says I must die — all is over with me — ah, so young to die’

By Bill Kauffman

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Diary

New York has turned ugly

I haven’t seen so many overflowing garbage cans or homeless people since the 1970s

By John R. MacArthur

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Internet

The coming stitch-up

The Tangled Web We Weave: Inside the Shadow System That Shapes the Internet by James Ball reviewed

By Cory Doctorow

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Faith

The new crusaders

Churches have become a target for the young and angry

By Luke Coppen

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Faith

Antifa made me Christian

If religion is opium, Marxism is crystal meth

By Chadwick Moore

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Home

Rotten apple: New Yorkers are fleeing to the suburbs

The tradesmen have never been busier, sprucing up houses to New York tastes. White everything, I’m told

By Philip Delves Broughton

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Home

A lament for the foreign correspondent’s house — and his hospitality

He claimed to love riots, and I have no trouble believing it

By Jeremy Clarke

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High Life

The art of being a mistress

Nobody ever wins when dealing with the Saudis, and Juan Carlos was no exception

By Taki

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Internet

Letters from the politically homeless

Almost every Democrat voting for Trump has a story about being ostracized, shamed or losing a friend

By Bridget Phetasy

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Place

Place

Salamis tactics

Piraeus was the point of entry for the notorious plague that afflicted Athens in 480 BC

By A.E. Stallings

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Place

My debt to Royaumont

A Spanish flag flew on the palace to protect it from the occupying Germans

By David Pryce-Jones

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Place

The most locked-down couple in Eastern Europe

My wife had broken her heel and I was stricken with sciatica

By John O'Sullivan

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Food + Drink

Drink

In the soup

An appreciation of cuisine’s kindest course

By Jane Stannus

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Drink

Ports for any storm

A winery is fortifying New York

By Roger Kimball

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Drink

Don’t listen to the health fascists — drink up

If alcohol can be part of a healthy lifestyle, it is difficult to demonize

By Christopher Snowdon

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Drink

Dearborn beloved

A pilgrimage to a people’s pantry

By Marlo Safi

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