Grandma’s Arsenal

I used to think that no one would ever again smell like my grandmother: that is to say, of naphthalene mothballs. She had them even in her handbag in case a moth was lurking ...

Boko Haram and the Indelible West

When I arrived in the city of Maiduguri nearly thirty years ago, everyone was away at the public executions. It was a ghost town until the spectators returned as from a football ...

St. Tropez. France

Creatures of a Day

Yesterday a young woman who was unknown to me except at third hand died. She was the friend of a friend of my wife. Considering that I was personally unacquainted with her, and ...

A Childhood in Athens

It is common for aging men, worn by the long years of drink and skirt-chasing and strenuous dissolution in the fleshpots of Asia, or any available fleshpots, to remember their ...

2013: The Most Racist Year Ever

Experts agree that 2013 was the most racist year since the one that started the Civil War. Everywhere you looked someone or something was being racist, even asparagus. Most of ...

Alice Munro

2013: Reminiscences and Prognostications

"€™Tis the season of reminiscence and prognostication. Let's get the future out of the way first. I"€™ve made the same three predictions every January for the last thirty ...

Ethan Krupp

The 13 Most Annoying People of 2013

As someone who's offended by nothing but annoyed by everyone, I found no shortage of people this past year to stoke the angry embers of my irascible soul. Try as I may to shield ...

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards

My Night With The Rolling Stones

One of the pleasures of The Rolling Stones is that until recently they seem to have gotten by without a care for the bland pieties of the age. There have been no impassioned calls ...

South Africa’s Dubious Liberation

The unctuous pseudo-grief in the West after Nelson Mandela's death at the good age of 95 was to me nauseating in the extreme; it was so overdone that, though I am no Freudian, it ...

Rothschild Ball, 1962

When We Had Balls

I recently sat down with a friend of more than fifty years, Reinaldo Herrera, and was filmed while lunching by Graydon Carter, the editor of Vanity Fair, also an old friend, ...

TV Since JFK

Friday marks the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination. Putting that aside, the most important question for the average American would be: How does the modern primetime network ...

Another Word for “€œHolocaust”€

Last week saw commemorations of the 75th anniversary of Germany's Kristallnacht and the 80th anniversary of the Ukrainian Holodomor. Judging from Western news coverage, ...

Bernhard Goetz

B-B-B-Bernie and the Squirrels

William Shatner missed his calling. It’s no secret that the Star Trek icon’s “acting” and “singing” make up a double-decker Dagwood sandwich ...

When Being a Rebel Was Hard Work

When I was a kid, being a rebel was hard work. You didn"€™t have the Internet spoon-feeding you the latest trends. You had to dig under rocks to find out what was happening. If ...

Lincoln’s Folly

Perhaps to celebrate the Battle of Gettysburg's 150th anniversary, liberal Washington Post columnist Harold Meyerson announced on June 25th that, in effect, it's too bad Pickett's ...

When Summertime Seemed Endless

Why is it that summers used to last so much longer back then? School would be out in early June and by the time the horrid month of September rolled around, it seemed as if three ...


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