July

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July 2020

The Spectator

‘What’s really happening in America is a crisis of authority, from the White House down to your local police precinct. This in turn derives from a crisis in America’s identity — and that’s not about race or racism. It is a crisis in national confidence.’

Slip tease

Slipper selfies reveal our work-from-home style

By Laura Freeman

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The modern world of advertising

They prey on our unconscious

By Chilton Williamson, Jr.

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What does it mean to go ‘stir crazy’?

Only now I discover my assumptions about that phrase were wrong

By Dot Wordsworth

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Politics

Prodigal son-in-law

Who is the real Jared Kushner?

By Paul Wood

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Internet

What we need is social media distancing

Social media brings out the worst in us because the algorithm rewards us for being tribal, divisive and emotional

By Bridget Phetasy

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Politics

The Kushner conundrum

Is he a scapegoat or a saboteur?

By Amber Athey

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Internet

Just-one-knee syndrome

They took a knee, as it were, when what they should have done was throw themselves to the ground

By Toby Young

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Politics

Jared and the Jews

Kushner is a Jewish American Hofjude, a privileged fixer with connections

By Dominic Green

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Politics

End of empire

The era of US dominion has now passed

By Andrew Bacevich

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Politics

Is this the end of history?

George Floyd was a pretext, not a cause. The cause was destruction of our civilization

By Roger Kimball

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Politics

Bright lights, abandoned city

Americans are no longer moving to their shining cultural capital

By Chadwick Moore

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Politics

EDITORIAL: No justice, no peace

What’s really happening in America is a crisis of authority, from the White House down to your local police precinct

By Spectator Editorial

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Politics

The rioters and the rentiers

Post-industrial cities aren’t working

By Michael Lind

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Politics

The new inequality

We’re experiencing an unhealthy overcorrection in racial politics

By Douglas Murray

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Politics

Self-righteous vandals

The attempt to prettify history is ugly

By Daniel McCarthy

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Politics

Marching against racism is too easy

What we need is practical change

By Lionel Shriver

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Defund colleges, not cops

Police are not the root of our problems. Academia is

By Peter Wood

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Books + Arts

Books

Young Hamlet

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell reviewed

By Matthew Adams

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Books

A time to keep silence

A History of Solitude by David Vincent reviewed

By Stuart Jeffries

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Art

Candid camera

Jacques Henri Lartigue composed his photographs like a painter

By William Boyd

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Art

Hello, boys: Lucas Cranach’s bodies beautiful

Why look at black-and-white books? You want the good stuff

By Laura Freeman

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Art

Revolution then: The Patriot stands alone

Gibson achieves peace of mind by dismembering a redcoat with a hatchet

By Craig Bruce Smith

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Art

Louis C.K. pulls it off

Funny is money

By James Delingpole

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Books

Something woke this way comes

Strange Rites: New Religions for a Godless World by Tara Isabella Burton reviewed

By Andrew Stuttaford

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Books

Money trouble

Foretelling the End of Capitalism: Intellectual Misadventures Since Marx by Francesco Boldizzoni reviewed

By Frank Lawton

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Books

Tori rebel

Resistance: A Songwriter’s Story of Hope, Courage and Change by Tori Amos reviewed

By Andrew Doyle

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Books

The fatwa artists

Twitter mobs are making journalism and literature more boring

By Matt Purple

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Life

Home

Stargazing under lockdown

The late great American astronomer Leslie Peltier was onto something

By Bill Kauffman

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Home

In praise of French doctors

Thirty-five years ago, my nurse had competed against an English team who played rugby with a violence that was incredible

By Jeremy Clarke

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High Life

Switzerland is now an enemy of the rich

The new socialist regime in Bern is out to kill the golden calf and is succeeding

By Taki

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Diary

Can COVID-19 tell whether a protest is progressive?

Clearly the virus targets especially working-class and middle-class workplaces and industries…

By Sohrab Ahmari

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Places

Place

Flavors of the past

Visiting Uzbekistan is a huge adventure

By Lesley Downer

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Place

Custard and coffee

Lisbon is the perfect weekend destination to do very little

By James Delingpole

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Place

No smokes without buyer

Hunting cigarettes up I-95

By Benjamin Riley

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Food + Drink

Drink

All about the allium

Summertime, and the garlic is fragrant

By Jane Stannus

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Drink

Do the vegans want blood?

Meat is murder, they say

By Laurie Graham

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Drink

Born Toulouse: varietals, vermouth and verse

Pinot Noir ‘should be approached like a beautiful woman — with respect, some knowledge, and great hopes’

By Roger Kimball

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