Cultural Caviar

Which Cruise to Choose?

Jul 13 2018

Summer is the time for cruising. Once upon a time cruising the Med was fun, especially around the French Riviera. Now the sea is full

Politics

Intervention Tension

Jun 06 2018

I recently had a spirited discussion with the British historian James Holland, brother of Tom Holland, also a distinguished man of letters, about FDR, his

Cultural Caviar

When Paris Shut Down

May 16 2018

Bonjour, mes amis! Fifty years ago this month I was living in Paris and life was, shall we say, grand. Back then there was nothing

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Taki Overboard

Apr 18 2018

April, according to the poet, is the cruelest month, and it got crueler 106 years ago when the Titanic hit the iceberg—and Hollywood the jackpot,

Heart of Darkness

Roger Cohen

Roger the Dodger

Mar 07 2018

Okay, all you readers: You are weak, easily manipulated, led by the nose to the gutter, susceptible to the devils of your diabolical urges, and

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Lord and Lady Lucan

Book Review: ‘A Moment in Time’

Feb 15 2018

A Moment in Time reminded me of English women expatriates I had met in the South of France more than fifty years ago. They were

Cultural Caviar

Ski Salons

Jan 13 2018

What I miss most up here in the Alps are the literary lunches conducted on the fly with writers like Bill Buckley, Alistair Horne, Natasha

Cultural Caviar

Listen for the Noise

Dec 19 2017

Rose-colored glasses conceded, the ’50s were still the best decade ever. Uncle Sam was propping up recovering Europe, our borders were not being overrun, the

Politics

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud

Saudi Shakedown

Dec 05 2017

If you thought comedy was dead, take a look at the newest Napoleon on the block, the one wearing sandals and a tablecloth on his

Politics

Bernie Sanders

The Mystery of Socialism’s Enduring Appeal

Oct 18 2017

This is very strange. I left the old continent a disunited mess, with African immigrants overrunning the place and an unelected and unaccountable bureaucratic elite

Commerce

Jeff Bezos

Sins of Silicon Valley

Oct 03 2017

Instead of getting life without parole in one of those white isolation cells in the toughest of jails for aiding and abetting terrorism, he is

Commerce

The Haiti of Europe

Aug 31 2017

Greece is a small beautiful country in the southeastern part of Europe, a place of jasmine, bougainvillea, mimosa, cypresses, olive trees, pines, oregano, sage, and

Cultural Caviar

Margaret Osborne duPont

The Gender Racket

Aug 24 2017

One of my many regrets is that when I was young and on the tennis circuit, I played as a man. I had a crush

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George Soros

Stay Hungary

Jun 30 2017

Once upon a time the American Establishment enjoyed business paragons such as David Rockefeller, Daniel Ludwig, William Paley, Henry Ford II, not to mention Thomas

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Colosseum, Rome

A Monumental Disgrace

Jun 20 2017

They"€™re falling like dominoes, starting with the great Robert E. Lee, whose statue went down with a yank of a crane in a jiffy, after

Cultural Caviar

To Tell You the Truth…

Apr 21 2017

If the Clintons were not as down-market as they are, they would have fit in perfectly in 15th-century Florence, the city that gave us Botticelli

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Woodrow Wilson

Poor Uncle Sam

Mar 31 2017

William F. Buckley spent his adult winter months in Rougemont, an alpine resort next to its chicer neighbor Gstaad, now a mecca for the nouveaux

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Mark Zuckerberg

What the Zuck?!

Mar 06 2017

Who was it who said that behind every great fortune lies a great crime? The answer is a Frenchman by the name of Balzac, known

Issue of the Century

Yellowstone River, Wyoming

What a Mess

Feb 15 2017

I write this from a small village high up in the Swiss Alps, where I have just left the tiny police station with a warning:

Oy Vey!

Michelle Obama and Anna Wintour

The Best of Times, the Worst of ‘Times’

Dec 02 2016

Even by modern, cataclysmically hysterical standards, the postelection histrionics by the losers take the proverbial cake. Poor Graydon Carter, the Vanity Fair honcho. He wrote

Cultural Caviar

Book Retorts

Nov 08 2016

American writers are on a roll. Bob Dylan wins the Nobel in Literature (for backward children), and Paul Beatty the Man Booker Prize, the first

Politics

Acropolis and Parthenon, Athens

Fat Cats Are Wearing Thin

Oct 10 2016

A bunch of charlatans and clowns met in Athens, Greece, at the end of September and, to use an old Greek expression, managed to make

Cultural Caviar

Bigstock

A Dream Wedding…for the Tabloids

Sep 01 2016

The Brits are big on weddings, and Pippa is getting hitched sometime this autumn, or maybe later on, when the English weather is at its

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Panathenaic Stadium, Athens

Losing Games

Aug 25 2016

In the summer of 1992 BC (before Clinton) I was cruising in Greece with William F. Buckley and his wife, Pat, on board the boat

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Hotel Negresco, Nice

Glitz and Gore

Aug 03 2016

The Negresco is a beautiful rococo belle epoque hotel built around the turn of the last century on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, south

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Angela Merkel

Lists to Live By

Jul 18 2016

As a child, the only list I had ever heard about was the FBI Ten Most Wanted. Then a lady who wrote about fashion"€”Eugenia Sheppard,