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Valor Is Wasted on the Old

Jul 22 2019

Here’s what a wise man recently said: “Our youth love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders, and

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Athens, Greece

Greece, Then and Now

Jul 20 2019

ATHENS—Standing right below the Acropolis, where pure democracy began because public officials were elected by lot, I try to imagine if random political selection today

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Summer Love

Jul 15 2019

The only true love is summer love, as the saying by Giacomo Casanova goes. Actually it’s mine, as the Venetian was too slick to differentiate

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Coco Gauff

Tennis Jerks and ‘Speccie’ Perks

Jul 13 2019

Martina Navratilova has never been shy telling it like it is. She came out when other athletes were hiding in their lockers, and recently spoke

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Kerkyra, Corfu

Electoral Chitchat

Jul 06 2019

Now it can be told! A Boris ex I sat next to last week gave me the scoop: He is absentminded, he’s disorganized, and he

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Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, Portrait by François Gérard (1808)

Leonidas Said It Best

Jun 29 2019

The Duke of Marlborough gave a toast last week that brought the house down during a Turning Point dinner for those of us resolved to

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King Leopold II

Royal Treatment

Jun 23 2019

I remember it well. My friend and neighbor Baron Lambert had my wife and me to dinner at his Gstaad chalet, and the talk turned

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Tusmore Park

What a Week

Jun 22 2019

Bellamy’s and Oswald’s are the two best restaurants in London. Owned by two friends of mine, both gents, both English, the service and the food

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Boris Johnson

Tories and Tennis

Jun 15 2019

A lady once offered to go to bed with me if I could ensure her landing The Spectator’s diary. This was some time ago, but

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Il Duce

Baptism by Flier

Jun 08 2019

They were putting the finishing touches on the giant tent as I drove up to the Schloss Wolfsegg after an hour’s plane ride from Gstaad

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Ernest Hemingway

The Papa Connection

Jun 01 2019

I didn’t like it, and then I liked it. But a writer’s job is to tell the truth, as Papa said back in 1942. Hemingway

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Conrad Black

Black’s Life Matters

May 25 2019

Goody, goody gumdrops! The Donald has pardoned Lord Black and I couldn’t be happier. Conrad got a bum deal and spent three and a half

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Grand Central Station

Adios, Manhattan

May 18 2019

This is my last week in the Bagel and I’m going to give it the old college try. Two weeks without booze, ciggies, or ladies

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Richard Rodgers, Irving Berlin, Oscar Hammerstein II, and Helen Tamiris

Actually Great Theater

May 11 2019

Here’s a question for you: If your wife, husband, girlfriend, boyfriend, even toy boy lied repeatedly to you about a serious matter such as fidelity,

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Big Man on Campus

May 04 2019

Charlottesville is an enchanting Virginia college town graced by the neoclassical architecture of the university’s founder, Thomas Jefferson. I flew there with two friends, the

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Maya Angelou Street Art, Montreal

Just Say No to Saying Sorry

May 01 2019

Woke is the concept that everything must be inclusive and inoffensive. Oh dear! Being hyperaware of everyone’s sensitivities must make one a hell of a

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Feel Free Again

Apr 27 2019

NEW YORK—David Niven’s younger son Jamie, now an old man like yours truly and a bit overweight, approached my table and announced he had seen

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What’s the Next Fake News?

Apr 20 2019

NEW YORK—On April 21, 1980, Rosie Ruiz won the fabled Boston Marathon in record time and looked fresh as a daisy when the media descended

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National Reckoning, My Eye

Apr 15 2019

Okay, sports fans, get your wallets out and start giving. That’s the latest brainstorm from a New York Times columnist who makes however unconvincing a

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We’re All Harvey Weinsteins Now

Apr 13 2019

Okay, chaps, keep your hands where people can see them, and don’t touch. And try not to look. Soon that too will be a crime,

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A Tale of Extravagant Greed

Apr 06 2019

I first met the man whose opioid products have supposedly killed 200,000 Americans 51 years ago, at the Hotel du Cap-d’Antibes. Mortimer Sackler looked old

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All News Is Bad News

Mar 01 2019

Hold the presses! More Germans trust Vladimir Putin’s Russia than Trump’s United States. This is earth-shattering news, a scoop like no other. If this were

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The Power of the Pen

Feb 25 2019

The troubles with the modern world are too numerous to list, technology being among the worst offenders. Just imagine how much better off we’d be

Bitch, Please!

Analyze This

Feb 01 2019

Everyone’s rather angry nowadays. Women, gays, lesbians, bisexuals, blacks, Hispanics, American Indians, people with special needs, college students, college professors, Hollywood stars, Democratic politicians—you name

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Ava Gardner

Legends Have It

Jan 25 2019

It is normal in the hyperbolic times we’re living in to call people iconic or legendary. Both “hyperbole” and “iconic” are Greek words, and they

Media Death

William Kristol

Farewell to the Poisoned Dwarf and Four Pizzas

Jan 04 2019

The demise of The Weekly Standard was a pleasure, not because I like to see print magazines go down the drain—to the contrary—but because of