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USS Liberty

Pin the Tail on the Subhuman

Jan 23 2013

On the brilliant summer's morning of June 8, 1967, the USS Liberty, a technical research ship lying in international waters about 25 miles north of

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Maureen Dowd

Major Irritants of 2013

Jan 14 2013

New Year's resolutions work only for bores and ambulance-chasing, money-grubbing lawyers. Normal people do not and cannot stick to them. Hence I will list for

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The Beginning of the End of Empire

Jan 07 2013

It began late in the afternoon of March 13, 1954. The great Battle of Dien Bien Phu had finally begun. 105mm and 75mm howitzers and

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America’s Exceptional Gun Violence

Dec 21 2012

Is America exceptional? Once upon a time, hardly anyone dissented from the idea that the USA was different from all other nations. The "€œexceptional"€ sobriquet

Culture Clash

Sour on the Saudis

Dec 10 2012

Saudi Arabia will not have Uncle Sam to kick around much longer. This is the best news I"€™ve heard since both the Governor of New

Beau Monde

Joe DiMaggio

The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant

Nov 21 2012

It was 1948, and the great Joe DiMaggio was injured most of the season. Tommy Henrich and Charlie Keller were in the outfield and a


Valérie Trierweiler

Swingers in High Places

Nov 06 2012

Back in 1840, an Englishman by the name of Alexander Walker wrote a manual by the name of Woman, in which he quoted David Hume


Bernie Ecclestone

Short Man With a Long Reach

Oct 15 2012

Bernie Ecclestone is a gnomish Brit ex-grease monkey. He is my neighbor in Gstaad, the small alpine Swiss village which once upon a time was


Raymond Chandler

A Very Incomplete List of My Favorite Novelists

Sep 24 2012

I stopped reading novels long ago. When those arch-phonies writing magic realism became household words, I dropped out quicker than you can say, "€œRaymond Chandler."€

International Affairs

The War Drums Are Getting Louder

Sep 05 2012

Here we go again! Scary sofa samurai Robert Kagan, a neocon so-called foreign-policy scholar, is also an expert on war, having watched a lot of

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Usain Bolt

Sign of the Times

Aug 29 2012

So the miracle has happened. A generation has been inspired and millions of children have been driven away from their televisions and handheld devices and

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Gore Vidal

Gore Vidal: Pleased to Leave You

Aug 01 2012

Gore Vidal was as good as it gets where writing is concerned. I can"€™t think of a single awkward sentence he ever wrote, and he


Nicholas Soames

Compliments for the Corpulent

Jul 29 2012

Nicholas Soames is Winston Churchill's grandson, a Conservative member of Parliament since the early 80s, a very large man whose food and drink intake is

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The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall

The Magical Mystery of Monarchy

Jul 21 2012

The British public periodically goes ape over silly things such as cricket, Twiggy, the occasional sunny day, the Chelsea Flower Show, Guy Fawkes Night, and

International Affairs

Minaret of the Bride, Damascus

Syria: Whipping Boy of the Unholy Triple Alliance

Jun 30 2012

Back in September of 1970 I found myself in the charming ancient city of Damascus. The natives were friendly and helpful, especially as I was

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Gangsters at Sea

Jun 27 2012

I"€™ve just had the worst time in my life rubbing shoulders"€”actually masts"€”with ghastly ex-Soviet Union gangsters, now called "€œoligarchs"€ by the gutter press and the

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Mr. Toback, I”€™m Ready for My Close-Up

May 21 2012

"€œSorry, I"€™m in makeup; if it's something important, call my agent, Israel Goldfarb."€ This is how I"€™ve been fending off the myriad calls from eager

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Will Smith and Stockard Channing in Six Degrees of Separation

Guess Who’s Coming to Lunch

Apr 29 2012

In John Guare's play Six Degrees of Separation, a young black con man traduces his way into a white, rich, liberal family's midst by posing

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Dorothy Parker

Trying to Lead a Whore to Culture

Apr 26 2012

My friend Mark Brennan and I were talking about class warfare. "€œIt's cyclical,"€ Mark said as he executed a perfect uchi mata during judo practice.

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Indian Wells, California

Thought Police on the Tennis Court

Mar 25 2012

Here we go again, sports fans! During a recent tennis match between two professionals in Indian Wells, California, a racial comment uttered by one of


An Envious Europe Looks West

Mar 08 2012

When the bloated and declawed Las Vegas casino-money recipient Newt Gingrich had some fun recently over Mitt Romney's ability to speak a few words of

Middle East

Syria’s False Revolution

Mar 05 2012

A couple of weeks ago I wrote in this here mag about Syria. I played it safe. My point was that Assad was not as


Attikon Cinema

Charge Them With Corruption!

Feb 27 2012

I was sad to read that the Attikon Cinema on Stadiou Street in central Athens was burned down by anarchist scum pretending to protest against

Middle East

Why Assad Has Survived

Feb 12 2012

As I watched last week’s Western posturing after the Russo-Chinese veto of the UN Security Council’s resolution against Syria, Captain Renault of Casablanca fame kept

Afternoon Delight

Ship of Cowards

Jan 28 2012

It wasn’t Italy’s finest hour. Not even Gabrielle D’Annunzio—poet, patriot, propagandist, and proto-fascist—could spin this into a maritime Titanic-like drama. Once the Costa Concordia hit


Jill Abramson

The World’s Most Dishonest Newspaper

Jan 06 2012

When I was last in the Big Bagel (as I call Noo Yawk), a policeman who’d been awarded countless commendations for bravery over 22 years