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September 2022

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Spectator Editorial

Biden’s border blues

The administration has had plenty of time to end this crisis

By The Editors

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Diary

How to start a university

It’s awe-inspiring to watch the UATX taking shape

By Pano Kanelos

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Culture

A hazy afternoon with Bill Maher

‘The young people are the prudes and don’t find anything funny’

By James Kirchick

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Culture

Shane Gillis is going places

He’s perhaps the greatest rising comedian, a beer drinker who understands Trump’s appeal

By Ben Domenech

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Culture

Why I’ll never make it in stand-up

It’s the hardest, most unforgiving performance medium on the planet

By Bridget Phetasy

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Business

How Netflix saved comedy

It saturated the market with comics who are on opposite sides of the culture wars

By Art Tavana

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Politics

DeSantis is a Republican establishment win-win

The populist heart may want Trump, but many heads are for the Florida governor

By Daniel McCarthy

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Politics

Is the right about to backslide on gay rights?

It’s been dismaying to see anti-gay sentiment bubbling up

By Bruce Bawer

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Europe

Ukraine is the first streaming service war

It debuted to a burst of attention only for everyone to lose interest

By Matt Purple

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Crime

My New York nightmare

I’m back in a city where you can’t walk alone after dark. Thank you, Democrats!

By Ann Coulter

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Science & Tech

The strange effort to ‘decolonize’ global health

Some are unctuously eager to respect non-Western premises about medicine

By Peter W. Wood

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Education

The lost boys of Covid

School closures have set off a devastating domino effect

By Bethany Mandel

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Science & Tech

The trouble with Tavistock

Abuse is heaped on anyone who has questioned the trend toward carelessness in youth gender medicine

By Jesse Singal

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Business

The scissor sisters

I hate to break it to you, ladies, but no man wants a woman barber

By Chadwick Moore

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Internet

Taylor Lorenz is a crybully

She mines outrage and attention by crusading against the ethically unenlightened

By Ashley Rindsberg

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Politics

The real motivation for the FBI raid

It wasn’t to collect classified documents

By Roger Kimball

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Economics

The revenge of the analog economy

Digital fantasies have collided with analog reality

By Joel Kotkin

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Books + Arts

Book Review

No stone unturned

Jann Wenner, the founder of Rolling Stone, has written a very bad book

By Russ Smith

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Book Review

Porn again

There’s no reconciling the clash between the sex positivity movement and chastity

By Madeleine Kearns

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Books

T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land at 100

A century after its first publication, the poem still defies easy categorization

By Alexander Larman

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Book Review

Paul Theroux’s family values

He’s never been averse to writing about toxic family relationships

By Philip Womack

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Book Review

A.M. Homes’s state of paranoia

Her latest leaves us stranded between serious fiction and a particularly extreme Reddit forum

By Francesca Peacock

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Book Review

The faulty towers of higher education

The college system is broken — can it be fixed?

By Christopher J. Scalia

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Book Review

Frank Buckley’s right direction

Can a socially conservative, economically centrist GOP win elections?

By William Murchison

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Television

The time trap of Irma Vep

The HBO Max miniseries shows a rare interest in the present moment

By Nicky Otis Smith

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Music

Country music finds its independent streak

New singers are bucking bro-country and reconnecting with their roots

By Amber Athey

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Exhibitions

Chroma chameleon

The Met brings out its bread and butter: stunning galleries devoted to Greek and Roman art

By Mario Naves

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Exhibitions

Not your average Jo

Joanna Hiffernan is now at the center of The Woman in White, an exhibition at the NGA

By Jane Coombs

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Television

Closing the curtain on Norm Macdonald’s comedy

He was willing to pulverize all we hold dear in modern America

By Billy McMorris

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Film

Crimes of the Future is David Cronenberg at his best

Which scenes will cause you to walk out or flee in disgust? Caveat emptor

By Gavin Smith

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Life

High Life

How Monte Carlo went to hell

It’s overbuilt, overcrowded, and straight out of a Hieronymus Bosch painting

By Taki

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Low Life

The power of prayerful washing-up

I’ve failed to cheer myself with strong alcohol, CBD and speed, so I went to the local nuns

By Jeremy Clarke

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London Life

Getting in touch with my inner groupie

Wonder what sort of a sad sack asks for a selfie with someone famous? Answer: me

By Cosmo Landesman

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American Life

The downfall of Niagara Falls

The city, not the waterfall, which remains a source of utter befuddlement

By Bill Kauffman

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Prejudices

Politicians are not ‘just like us’

At least Trump won’t go down in the history books as ‘Don’ or ‘Donnie’

By Chilton Williamson, Jr.

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And Finally

Thinking about baby names

Why do Americans insist on using last names as first names?

By Matt McDonald

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And Finally

The etymological ingredients of ‘flageons’

It’s useful to have a name ready when the family asks at dinner: “What’s this?”

By Dot Wordsworth

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Place

Place

From Moscow to Kyiv and back again

War and revolution have trailed me like banshees

By Vijai Maheshwari

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Place

A Joycean odyssey

In search of the Irish author’s Swiss resting place

By David Marcus

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Food + Drink

Drink

In praise of liquor stores

Where else can one encounter such diversity?

By Teresa Mull

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Food

On constant gardening

Nature, in the firm hands of the gardener, is trained up to produce food for people

By Jane Stannus

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Food

Spending Labor Day on the Cape

This time of year always makes me nostalgic for the New England coast

By Calla Jones Corner

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Drink

The bucolic Beaujolais

There is a time for every wine

By Roger Kimball

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