Cultural Caviar

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

High Life

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,

Cultural Caviar

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

Cultural Caviar

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

Cultural Caviar

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

High Life

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

Cultural Caviar

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

Cultural Caviar

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,

Cultural Caviar

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

Cultural Caviar

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

Cultural Caviar

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

Cultural Caviar

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

Afternoon Delight

Orgy of the Species

Jan 01 2019

Let’s begin 2019 with some truths and a few admissions: We humans have been evolving for some time now, but not really. Only a few

Cultural Caviar

Boniface de Castellane

Speaking of Manners

Dec 24 2018

Sometime during the 1920s, at an exclusive party at Count Boni de Castelanne’s, a great French lady felt herself beginning to die at the dinner

Politics

Goodwill to Almost All Men

Dec 22 2018

Here we are, once again writing for Takimag’s Christmas issue. Like every birthday of our Lord Jesus, this is a special one, so I want

Catholicism

The Errors of Modernism

Dec 15 2018

Father Munkelt is a New York City-based priest who is as intelligent and well-read as anyone I’ve known, and he wrote most of this essay

Politics

Start Getting Your Jokes Ready

Dec 01 2018

They will finally have their way: In the year 2044, only a short 26 years from now, white Americans will become a minority—hooray, yippee, viva

Politics

Return of the Fifth Columnists

Nov 13 2018

A fifth columnist is a supporter or secret sympathizer of an enemy nation, and the phrase was coined by Spanish nationalist general Emilio Mola Vidal.

Commerce

The World Looks the Other Way

Oct 17 2018

Is Mohammad bin Salman a murderer? Is it fair to say he is a hairy coward who has starved millions of children in Yemen? Did

Britain

PC Marches On

Sep 10 2018

Some of you oldies will never believe this, but London is no longer the place of The Blue Lamp and other black-and-white golden oldies that

Afternoon Delight

The Academy of Athens

Forum of Fools

Sep 04 2018

The New York Times has announced a forum to discuss democracy in the cradle of democracy, Athens, sometime in September of this year. It is

Cultural Caviar

Harvey Weinstein and Taki

The Harvey and I

Sep 03 2018

Here’s a question for you: Could the “monster” of the #MeToo movement get a fair trial anywhere in these United States? Is there a potential

Commerce

Gabrielle Chanel

Cover Girls and Other Girls

Aug 13 2018

“An effete charlatan,” is the way the mother of my children describes the outrageously affected Hamish Bowles, a Vogue person whose pomposity is as fake

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Ernest Hemingway with Lady Duff Twysden, Hadley, and friends. Spain, July 1925

Some Hemingway Stories

Aug 03 2018

About 57 years and a month ago, in Ketchum, Idaho, Ernest Hemingway asked his wife Mary to sing an Italian song, “Tutti mi chiamano bionda”