September

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September 2021

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After Afghanistan

9/11 was the last time the country was truly united in its response to anything

By The Editors

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Internet

Why are young women writing homosexual erotica about men?

Slash is any fanfiction that’s anchored in a homosexual relationship

By Katherine Dee

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Science & Tech

The trans war on the body

Trans rights are changing what it is to be human

By Mary Harrington

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International

Central Asia’s geography after America’s defeat

Central Asia is going to matter substantially in terms of 21st-century geopolitics

By Robert D. Kaplan

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Politics

The long march to disaster

The US military spends money but cannot win wars

By Kelley Beaucar Vlahos

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Science & Tech

Hot vax summer

Despite the much-anticipated ‘shot girl summer’, life hasn’t snapped back to normal

By Mary Kate Skehan

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Business

Substack changed the business of journalism

Substack took off because people are increasingly distrustful of mainstream media outlets

By Jesse Singal

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Education

The future of liberal education

The war on liberal education is an assault on liberal democracy

By Roger Kimball

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Middle East

How America squandered its moral authority in Iraq

The true cost of the disaster in Iraq may still have to be paid

By Paul Wood

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International

The last war for democracy

Islamism has every reason to triumph in Afghanistan. But its triumph may be its undoing

By Daniel McCarthy

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Politics

What Biden learnt from Trump

Can the President survive without the global media?

By Freddy Gray

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Politics

I think Donald Trump’s email team is trying to murder me

I had been receiving Trump’s fundraising emails for years and certainly the language had always been insistent. But this was a new level of aggression

By Matt Purple

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International

Autopsy of a failed war

Our longest war ends in another abject failure

By Andrew Bacevich

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International

Who’d want to move to America now?

Average Europeans live much nicer lives than average Americans

By Sean Thomas

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Diary

Cuomo, Trump and the secret of eternal political life

The disappearance of working writers in the Hamptons mirrors the absence of writers in US public life

By Michael Wolff

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Books + Arts

Books

What Richard Scarry did all day

Dick loved a friendly contest with the woke and PC crowd of yore

By Calla J. Corner

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Podcasts

Dad’s the word

Podcasts are the perfect environment to create parasocial connections

By Jessa Crispin

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Book Review

The odd couple: John Keats and F. Scott Fitzgerald

Bright Star, Green Light: The Beautiful Works and Damned Lives of John Keats and F. Scott Fitzgerald by Jonathan Bate reviewed

By Anne Margaret Daniel

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To appreciate Finnegans Wake you must hear its sounds and rhythms

Even if many of the themes are elusive on first listening, the language explodes

By Rachel Redford

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Film

Fatty Arbuckle’s fall

Arbuckle was an accidental pioneer of cancel culture

By Christopher Sandford

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Art

The art of politics: what ministers hang on their walls

The people have a right to know what’s on Boris’s wall

By Laura Freeman

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Television

Perry Mason was America’s Sherlock Holmes

Perry Mason personified the country that won World War Two and was enjoying well-deserved prosperity

By Chilton Williamson, Jr.

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Film

Somebody’s watching me

All Light, Everywhere reviewed

By Nicky Smith

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Book Review

A fatal clash of civilizations

Conquistadores: A New History of Spanish Discovery and Conquest by Fernando Cervantes reviewed

By Daniel Rey

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Books

A letter to George Steiner

George Steiner was easier to admire than to love

By Frederic Raphael

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Life

Home

Rules for anarchists

American anarchism has always been a literary conceit more than a political (or anti-political) program

By Bill Kauffman

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Home

How ‘WhatsApp mums’ saved Kenya’s castaway children

While the diplomats did nothing, mothers negotiated the Lollipop Airlift that would bring their kids home

By Aidan Hartley

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High Life

How to have an affair

Never admit, never bore, and everything will be hunky-dory

By Taki

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Home

The importance of formality

Formality at each level of society and in every social venue is an indispensable source and preserver of morale

By Chilton Williamson, Jr.

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Low Life

Help! I’m restaurant-phobic

Eating out once a week I can cheerfully manage. Twice, I start complaining

By Jeremy Clarke

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Language

The language of lounging around

I was put in mind of lounging by video conferencing, which allows conferees to attend to their visible top half while wearing lounge pants below

By Dot Wordsworth

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Place

Place

Samurai nights in Aizu

Before its downfall, the Aizu domain was famous for its education system and strict samurai code

By Lesley Downer

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Place

Paying the ferryman in Greece

Greece may never be this empty again

By Benjamin Riley

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Food + Drink

Food

Bread is the staff of life

In times of scarcity and anxiety, it seems that we like to have proper bread back on our table again

By Jason Goodwin

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Food

In search of lost French restaurants

It was a sad day when La Petite Auberge passed from the scene a decade ago

By Timothy Jacobson

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Drink

Thoughts on dearly departed vintages

Most wines, like most people, lose suppleness, vivacity and lusciousness after a certain point

By Roger Kimball

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Food

The American dream has no time for offal

Why is the US taste in meat so blinkered and narrow?

By Felipe Fernández-Armesto

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