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October 2022

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Science & Tech

Nuclear power is the answer to our energy woes

Once the bête noire of energy, nuclear has been experiencing a renaissance of late

By Emmet Penney

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Spectator Editorial

The Biden ultimatum

Joe Biden launched into midterm campaigning with a strategy of demonization

By Spectator Editorial

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Diary

The last days of Liz Cheney

Everyone knew Liz Cheney was going to lose the primary

By James Pogue

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Campaign 2022

Will the GOP blow the midterms?

The Republican enthusiasm advantage has all but disappeared

By Amber Athey

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Campaign 2022

Here come the Hispanic Republicans

Latinos are voting exactly like an earlier wave of immigrants

By Patrick Ruffini

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Campaign 2022

Dobbs won’t save the Democrats

In a choice between abortion absolutism and a variety of approaches, variety will prevail

By Daniel McCarthy

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Politics

Joe Biden and the Sovietization of America

What does it mean that he’s demonized half the country?

By Roger Kimball

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Campaign 2022

Where the Tea Party went wrong

Can the right’s new populists avoid its mistakes?

By Ben Domenech

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Politics

Connecticut and the rise of blue-state MAGA Republicans

Caught between Trump and wanting conservatives who can win

By Matt Purple

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Culture

Inside Meghan Markle’s royal flop

The Duke and Duchess are being frozen out of Hollywood, one red-carpet event at a time

By Kara Kennedy

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Culture

So much for #MeToo

The movement was meant to change sexual politics forever. What happened?

By Phoebe Maltz Bovy

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China

America’s chip war with China

The US is working to limit China’s access to semiconductors — but is that a good idea?

By Francis Pike

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Media

What will the media look like after the #Resistance?

The journalistic backlash to Trump led to a backlash of its own

By Jesse Singal

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Education

How the ancients treated gout

Medical problems come and go in the media, and at the moment the flavor of the month appears to be gout

By Peter Jones

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Culture

I wanted to leave California before it was cool

We can’t pretend that the problems ravaging the state are new

By Bridget Phetasy

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Culture

Why is New York parenting so competitive?

‘Wait, your daughter isn’t enrolled in a single language class yet?’

By Josie Cox

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Business

Rupert Murdoch goes west

Succession meets Yellowstone in Dillon, Montana

By Hannah Moore

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Politics

Andrew Yang’s doomed revolution

The Forward Party wants to become the first successful political venture founded on etiquette

By Billy McMorris

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Books + Arts

Books

Free expression after the Rushdie attack

It was an assault on literary free speech itself

By Alexander Larman

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Book Review

Bob Dylan, the song and dance man

A new biography captures his entire world

By Anne Margaret Daniel

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Book Review

Exploring the decline of Britain’s birds

Patrick Galbraith’s latest goes searching for kittiwakes and grouses

By Andrew McKean

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Books

Has the American novel abandoned God?

Our literary life today speaks of a crisis of faith

By Fergus Butler-Gallie

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Book Review

The Soviets brought far from home

Kilometer 101 explores political undesirables who were exiled from Moscow

By Francesca Peacock

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Book Review

A haunting novel remembers 1990s Ukraine

Explored commonalities between Ukraine and Russia have since erupted into war

By Will Collins

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Exhibitions

John Singer Sargent comes to Spain

The artist created his own synthetic Spanish vision

By James Panero

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Exhibitions

Kimono Style is more than just East-meets-West fashion

It is also a glimpse into a mystifying period of Japanese history

By Jane Coombs

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Film

Bullet Train is an unabashedly manly palette cleanser

An action movie can be good or woke, but not both

By Peter Tonguette

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Film

Bodies Bodies Bodies cancels its characters to death

It’s a successful satire of cancel culture that never hectors or patronizes

By Nicky Otis Smith

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Music

A visit to Louis Armstrong’s old home

In any assessment of jazz’s founding fathers, he has to stand as the most influential figure

By Jacob Heilbrunn

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Theater

Weighing in on the unauthorized Hamilton

It was probably inevitable that the culture wars would come for the show

By Robert S. Erickson

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Television

The deeply human Walking Dead

The show made us feel we could find light in that which set us apart from savagery

By James McCain

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Life

And Finally

What do ‘catcalls’ have to do with cats?

It was not until the 1980s that the catcall escaped from the theater to the street

By Dot Wordsworth

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High Life

The thrill of sailing rough seas

The good thing is the discomfort, which separates the men from the girls

By Taki

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Low Life

My evening as a rapacious capitalist

We played Monopoly with focus and seriousness

By Jeremy Clarke

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London Life

How I learned to stop worrying and love self-promotion

Meet the new me: the shameless, self-promoting media slut that I’m trying to become

By Cosmo Landesman

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American Life

Keeping Syracuse time

This year, to celebrate my wife’s birthday, I showed her a traffic light

By Bill Kauffman

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Prejudices

The slumber of the Anglosphere

Can democracy in the West survive its attenuation in the US and UK?

By Chilton Williamson, Jr.

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And Finally

A visit to the Renaissance Faire

Who needs the metaverse when you can be transported to another time and place?

By Teresa Mull

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Place

Place

A seaplane out of Manhattan

In the awfulness of LaGuardia Airport, one terminal stands out as a reminder of better days

By James Panero

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Place

Trapping gators in the Everglades

You cast a ‘huge-ass hook’ into the water, snag the creature, then ‘pull like a bull’

By Teresa Mull

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Place

Spain’s caminos come calling

There is a haunting beauty to their desolate vistas, an intimidatingly brutal type of splendor

By James Jeffrey

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Food + Drink

Drink

Remembering Orsini’s

By the time I hit the ground running in 1956, Orsini’s was jumping

By Taki

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Food

Keto no-no

Perhaps the key to keto’s success is that it simply delays you from eating with prolonged meal prep

By Mary Kate Skehan

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Drink

Roger Scruton knew what wine was for

The English philosopher was an eloquent apologist for pleasure

By Roger Kimball

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Food

Are you man enough to eat raw offal?

A new wave of offal-lovers is reviving an interest in organs

By Gus Carter

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Food

Cake for a world turned upside down

When asked what was for dessert, I said, ‘Oh, it’s a topsy-turvy cake, just like this crazy world we live in now’

By Calla Jones Corner

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Food

The postmodern horror of zucchini ‘apple’ crumble

Nothing is sacred anymore — not even traditional apple crumble

By Jane Stannus

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