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October 2021

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Diary

Who wrote the book of rock?

One of the reasons I wanted to write my book was that I was hoping it would explain my life to me

By Steven Van Zandt

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Politics

Worse than porn

I am a ‘media personality’ who occasionally opens my pie-hole on conservative media outlets. I’ve even appeared on Fox

By Bridget Phetasy

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Middle East

History returns for Putin and Erdogan

The era of good feelings between Russia and Turkey seems to be over

By Sean McMeekin

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Science & Tech

The United States of Fear

The reasons why international travel is off-limits and shameful have nothing to do with medical facts

By Karol Markowicz

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Politics

Joe Biden’s Swamp

The Biden family is in deep

By Matthew Continetti

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Politics

The great unraveling

The Biden administration is an unmitigated disaster unfolding in real time

By Roger Kimball

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Internet

If the Croc fits

The most unflattering shoe to come to market in generations is now ubiquitous among disaffected youth

By Chadwick Moore

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Politics

Jeopardy! is in trouble

Have enough cleft-toed demisexual non-binary POCs been contestants on Jeopardy!?

By Matt Purple

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Business

Crypto casino

The entrepreneurial spirit of Generation Z has become notorious

By Mary Kate Skehan

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International

The myth of the good Afghan war

Nothing we did in Afghanistan really worked

By Jesse Singal

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Politics

The vanishing presidency

Without ‘competence’ as its rationale, what does the Biden administration have to fall back on?

By Daniel McCarthy

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China

China’s #MeToo moment

China’s feminists are fighting back

By Ian Williams

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Politics

Hunter Biden, artist of modern life

Without vision, training or talent, Hunter Biden deigns to glue his crippling jewels onto the back of our society

By James Panero

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Miami state of mind

Miami is more spiritually American — in the Platonic, pre-woke sense — than any other city

By Alex Perez

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Politics

Life in LA is murder

There is no law in California

By John Meroney

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International

Return to Kabul

Have the Taliban changed or is it just a facade to get foreign aid?

By Christina Lamb

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Education

How Harvard went woke

Harvard University claims to be America’s finest — but it has become a hotbed of timidity and bigotry

By Ruth Wisse

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Politics

Trump’s second wave

Is Trump surfing to another Republican nomination?

By Jay Caruso

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Spectator Editorial

The disconnect

We are not yet a year into this presidency, but it is already in trouble

By The Editors

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Books + Arts

Book Review

An orange or an egg? Determining the shape of the world

Latitude: The True Story of the World’s First Scientific Expedition by Nicholas Crane reviewed

By Simon Winchester

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Book Review

Dracula’s children

Children of the Night: The Strange and Epic Tale of Modern Romania by Paul Kenyon reviewed

By Tessa Dunlop

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Theater

Shakespeare is getting trigger warnings

Shakespeare, after decades of being found to be Problematic, is now being reclaimed as the wokemeister-in-chief

By Alexander Larman

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Book Review

The AI future looks positively rosy

12 Bytes: How We Got Here, Where We Might Go Next by Jeanette Winterson reviewed

By Steven Poole

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Music

The triumph of bedroom pop

From Joe Meek to Taylor Swift: a short history of lo-fi

By Robert Barry

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Exhibitions

Flagging energy

Jasper Johns, an art-world darling for decades, is getting a massive museum retrospective

By Andrew L. Shea

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Book Review

How Hitler’s great gamble nearly paid off

The Hitler Years: Disaster, 1940-1945 by Frank McDonough reviewed

By Nigel Jones

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Film

Time for Another Round

Another Round reviewed

By Nicky Smith

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Exhibitions

Titian meets Isabella Stewart Gardner

The masterpieces of Titian’s old age have come to Boston

By Martin Gayford

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Book Review

W.G. Sebald’s borrowed truths and barefaced lies

Speak, Silence: In Search of W.G. Sebald by Carole Angier reviewed

By Lucasta Miller

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Book Review

Lucy Ellmann is angry about everything, especially men

Things Are Against Us by Lucy Ellmann reviewed

By Sarah Ditum

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Book Review

Oliver Cromwell: ruthless in battle — but nice to his men

The Making of Oliver Cromwell by Ronald Hutton reviewed

By Marcus Nevitt

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Life

Home

I’m back for the Almanac

Benjamin Franklin’s masterpiece goes on forever

By Calla J. Corner

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Language

The link between spick and span, spanking and spoon

Whatever spick and span reminds us of, it is as an idiom with a cheery meaning of its own

By Dot Wordsworth

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Home

Americans, London needs you

I wonder if London — or any of the great cities — will ever be the same again?

By Cosmo Landesman

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Low Life

A tale of many swimming pools

Oscar and Klynton are visiting us in Provence and a 100-degree heatwave has hit. There’s only one place to be

By Jeremy Clarke

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Home

Modern English

The English language as written today is often nearly incomprehensible on first reading

By Chilton Williamson, Jr.

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Sports

What’s in a name?

I pour myself a tumbler of rotgut and settle in with the names, these glorious names

By Bill Kauffman

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High Life

The Swiss are united by a common cause — making money

They’re funny, the Swiss, known as dullards because they lack Italian fire and Spanish passion, but what would we do without them?

By Taki

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The Romans would not have made the same mistakes in Afghanistan

Tacitus made the Caledonian leader Calgacus remark that Romans ‘make a desert and call it peace’

By Peter Jones

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Place

Place

Bog bodies: mysteries of the Iron Age

There is a theory in Ireland that the country’s bog bodies may be the remains of failed kings, ritually killed on Samhain

By Gus Carter

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Place

Say yes to Yerevan

Yerevan is a living palimpsest of history and fable

By Kapil Komireddi

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Place

In search of the Iliad

Few places can conjure up such stories of love and loss, homesickness and heroism, gallantry and grief as Troy

By Dea Birkett

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Food + Drink

Drink

Condiments and conservatives

Give the People what we want

By Roger Kimball

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Food

Burrata inamorata

A thrifty Italian is to thank for burrata

By Jane Stannus

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Food

The hell of London’s ‘American’ candy stores

Real Americans don’t go to these candy stores

By Hannah Moore

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