Patrick Foy

Patrick Foy

Patrick Foy is a writer and photographer and the author of The Unauthorized World Situation Report. You can read more at

Cultural Caviar

Jack Kerouac

When Kerouac Cracked

Dec 04 2013

With publication of On The Road in 1957, Jack Kerouac became an overnight celebrity"€”not just famous, but a phenomenon. The experience brought him to another

Cultural Caviar

Across the River and Into the Past

Oct 16 2013

Ernest Hemingway’s Across the River and Into the Trees was published in 1950 to terrible reviews, but I recall that at some point in the


Mia Farrow and Robert Redford in The Great Gatsby, 1974

The Great Great Gatsby

Jul 02 2012

A recent Financial Times arts podcast predicts that we are headed for another outburst of Great Gatsby mania. A new movie version of F. Scott


Same Election, Different Year

Apr 17 2012

We are facing another US presidential election. The two candidates have been picked, most likely by hand. It is depressing how fast these contests come


Wag the Turban

Jan 30 2012

Our Peace Prize president lobbed some harsh words toward Iran in his long-winded pep rally last Tuesday night: Ending the Iraq war has allowed us


The New Trickle-Down Theory

Jan 18 2012

Should we seek the deeper meaning in the video of US Marines urinating on Taliban combatants’ dead bodies in the wilds of Afghanistan? What does

Cultural Caviar

Elle and Blair Fowler

Ideology: A Waste of Time

Oct 27 2011

My executive editor at a Florida magazine, Hardy Burt, informed me at lunch one day, “God is a girl!” This was after his first vodka


Adel al-Jubeir

Terror Plot or Drug Sting?

Oct 19 2011

Last week brought news of a purported Iranian plot to assassinate Saudi Ambassador to the US Adel al-Jubeir, but the whole murder-for-hire story may have

Middle East

Mahmoud Abbas

Mr. Abbas Goes to the UN

Sep 23 2011

The protracted Mideast “peace process” has finally hit the Iron Wall. The Palestinian Authority’s president, Mahmoud Abbas, has wandered off the reservation and is taking

Foreign Policy

9/11: Blowback for US Foreign Policy

Sep 10 2011

With the 9/11 anniversary upon us once again, Middle East expert Robert Fisk in Beirut has written an instructive article about our predicament. He says


Bedtime for Bibi

Jun 01 2011

The only good thing which could result from Bibi Netanyahu’s May 24 speech to a joint session of the US Congress is that it may


President George W. Bush and President George H.W. Bush

How We Squandered the Peace Dividend

May 06 2011

When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989 and effectively ended the Cold War, there was tremendous relief and a sense of hope for the future.


Obama’s Imperial Presidency

Apr 07 2011

It looks as if Washington has fallen into another trap with Obama’s move on Libya. Yes, the Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi is a nutcase and


The Post-Tsunami Forecast

Mar 22 2011

The massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami in northern Japan will be a game-changer. Both negatively and positively, the reverberations will be felt across all

Cultural Caviar

Mr Donald Trump

Donald Trump, You’re Hired!

Feb 28 2011

Would you vote for The Donald for president? Compared to Obama, anyone with sense would vote for him. Obama is a disaster, like Bush II

Cultural Caviar

Churchill: More Myth Than Legend

Feb 02 2011

Last week a country-club Republican friend in Palm Beach gave me a copy of The Weekly Standard and urged me to read “A World in

Cultural Caviar

Tennis Legend Gardnar Mulloy: Still Serving at 97

Jan 06 2011

I do not have many friends who are 97, but tennis legend Gardnar Mulloy is one of them. It is not clear why I should

Afternoon Delight

The Best Christmas Movie You Never Heard Of

Dec 23 2010

Did anyone catch that movie last Sunday morning at ten on the TCM channel? If you did, you are probably still thinking about it like

Cultural Caviar

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Did FDR Engineer Pearl Harbor?

Dec 06 2010

As a history buff, I have tried to come to terms with the “surprise” Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor. That lugubrious anniversary"€”December 7th"€”is fast approaching.


Ignoring What Caused the TSA Pat-Down Controversy

Nov 30 2010

I can vaguely remember a time when there were no security checks whatever before getting on a commercial jet. You showed your ticket and walked


David Broder, Obama, and War With Iran

Nov 08 2010

David Broder’s recent observations about our Peace Prize President have created a stir. In his controversial October 31 Washington Post op-ed “How Obama might recover”,

International Affairs

Germany Makes its Final WWI Reparations Payment

Oct 19 2010

Taki’s praise of F. Scott Fitzgerald and the The Great Gatsby is much deserved. If Gatsby is not quite the best American novel, its opening


On Bill Clinton’s Global Initiative

Sep 30 2010

Something called the Clinton Global Initiative has been brought to my attention by an AP dispatch dated September 21st entitled “Bill Clinton: Economy, disasters imperil

High Life

Arrigo Cipriani

With Love From Harry’s Bar

Sep 16 2010

It is quite possible that my favorite restaurant in the world is Harry’s Bar in Venice. For one thing, it is the home of the


The Frank Rich Syndrome

Sep 12 2010

Thank God for air conditioning. A scorching Labor Day weekend found me home-bound, doing research on New York Times columnist Mr. Frank Rich. Unlike most

International Affairs

Playing the China Card

Aug 25 2010

Recently, China overtook Germany as the world’s largest exporter. And just the other day, China was calculated to have overtaken Japan as the second largest