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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

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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


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

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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,


More Questions Than Answers

Jun 27 2016

Dancing around an unpleasant reality is what politics are all about nowadays"€”Donald Trump excluded"€”with political correctness the enveloping cloud that hides truth and the facts.

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Harry Laden

When Harry Met Taki…

Jun 03 2016

Things have never been grimmer. Wall Street wolves have become billionaires while rigging the system, rats like William Kristol are showboating on television and spreading

Issue of the Century

Cowards, Go Reproduce Yourselves

May 06 2016

Once the French had cleared out of Moscow in October 1812, special commissions were set up to investigate those who had played nice with the


Rick Ross

With Apologies to Nathan Hale

Apr 28 2016

The English writer E.M. Forster infamously said that if he had to betray either his country or a friend, he hoped he would betray the


Althea Gibson

Out of Bounds

Mar 01 2016

Althea Gibson was a black American lady tennis player who won Wimbledon and many other major championships during the late "€™50s. She was also a

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Cincinnati Bengals

Go, Vontaze!

Jan 17 2016

Thirty years or so ago, I wrote an article about a mugging in New York's Central Park, one that today would have got me arrested


Who Scares America More?

Jan 11 2016

This is a certainty: Donald Trump would be the next chancellor if he were running for office in Germany. Mass assaults on German women by

Diversity Training

Cecil Rhodes

Whitewashing the Blackboard

Jan 05 2016

Here's some more good stuff from the "€œacademy"€ to get 2016 really rolling. It concerns Cecil Rhodes, the empire builder who left an Oxford University

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Not-So-Sweet “€™16

Jan 03 2016

2016 will be a hell of a year, hell being the operative word. It will be the year that the greatest Greek writer since Homer


Christine Lagarde

Troubling Times

Dec 22 2015

The week between Christmas and New Year's is a long one, recovery time for many of us. The silliest newspaper in the world, The New

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Outrageous Cases of Outrage

Dec 07 2015

Who said that African-Americans lack initiative? It was obviously a fool, and a racist to boot. White folks never came up with terrific initiatives such


Jean-Claude Juncker

Time to Get Tough

Nov 19 2015

Leave it to the egregious New York Times to run an editorial three days after the Paris massacres defending the so-called refugees. They are not


Henry Kissinger

The Good Doctor

Nov 06 2015

A few years back I was spending the weekend with the designer Oscar de la Renta and his wife, and they took me along to


Long Island Unsound

Oct 26 2015

Long before the word "€œoligarch"€ became a substitute for major Russian crooks and fraudsters, and a decade before Tom Wolfe invented masters of the universe,