March

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March 2021

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Religion

Out of my mind: the rise of mindfulness

Does meditation make us kinder people?

By Melanie McDonagh

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Politics

There’s no equality in equity

The advent of Joe Biden is another step on the road to the destruction (or ‘fundamental transformation’) of America

By Roger Kimball

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Politics

Who killed Chicago?

A city with too many problems

By Ed Zotti

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Business

A virtual boomer book tour

Any time someone points out their faults, they start naming all the segments of humanity that the Sixties supposedly liberated

By Helen Andrews

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Politics

Kamalafornication

The Vice President and the politics of solipsism

By Peter Savodnik

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Economics

Death by debt

As long as demand holds up, the debt will only deepen

By Daniel McCarthy

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International

The Ethiopian question

What should the US do about the Tigray crisis?

By James Jeffrey

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Finance

Now make me rich

Are Bridget’s meme stonks going to the moon?

By Bridget Phetasy

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Politics

Kamalamania: prepare for President Harris

Ask where Harris stands and the footwork begins

By Kate Andrews

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Spectator Editorial

EDITORIAL: Foreign entanglements

In its desire to reverse the days of Trump, the Biden administration may mistake sentimentality for foreign policy

By Spectator Editorial

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Politics

Stop the real steal

Is this Trump’s biggest con yet?

By Paul Wood

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International

Passage to India

Biden needs another Asian pivot

By Francis Pike

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International

Wokeyleaks does Davos

Plus: what’s in the internal social justice portal for Northrop Grumman employees?

By They/Them

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The festival where Henry VIII and Francis I made their peace

On the 500th anniversary of the Field of the Cloth of Gold

By Harry Hudson

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Books + Arts

Book Review

A Scottish Paradise

Paradise: Dante’s Divine Trilogy Part Three. Englished in Prosaic Verse by Alasdair Gray reviewed

By Ian Thomson

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Book Review

An unquiet life

There’s No Such Thing as an Easy Job by Kikuko Tsumura reviewed

By Lee Langley

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Music

Yes man: Rick Wakeman on punk and prog

‘People choose the advice that suits them, including the politicians’

By Rod Liddle

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Architecture

From Prussia with love

The Humboldt brothers inspired Berlin’s museums — and London’s too

By Tristram Hunt

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Film

Eyes wide open

Frederic Raphael wrote the script for Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut. Now he writes a personal letter to the director’s shade

By Frederic Raphael

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Book Review

Swing the cat

We Are Bellingcat: Global Crime, Online Sleuths, and the Bold Future of News by Eliot Higgins reviewed

By Jay Elwes

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Television

Ridley’s game

Raised by Wolves reviewed

By James Delingpole

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Book Review

Playwright at play

Tom Stoppard: A Life by Hermione Lee reviewed

By Craig Raine

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Music

Alfred Brendel, Dadaist

Brendel’s writing, unlike his nobly self-effacing recordings, hints at a slightly scary personality

By Damian Thompson

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Television

Boys will be boys

Whatever happened to the heroes?

By Amber Athey

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Book Review

Russian roulette

Dostoevsky in Love: An Intimate Life by Alex Christofi reviewed

By Daniel Rey

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Book Review

Enlightened minds

Was there one Enlightenment or many?

By Jesse Norman

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Book Review

Missing links

Invisible Ink by Patrick Modiano reviewed

By Boyd Tonkin

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Book Review

The life and loves of Mary Wollstonecraft

Wollstonecraft: Philosophy, Passion and Politics by Sylvana Tomaselli reviewed

By Ruth Scurr

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Book Review

‘Mother Volga’ has always been Russia’s lifeblood

The Volga: A History by Janet M. Hartley reviewed

By Matthew Janney

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Life

Home

Steve Hawley and the case for two New Yorks

Should the state of New York be divided into two states?

By Bill Kauffman

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Home

The New American Language

Words and phrases we could do without

By Chilton Williamson, Jr.

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Low Life

In praise of nuns

When the nuns begin to sing, their soaring, piercing voices make you look for a microphone

By Jeremy Clarke

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Where did ‘decuman’ come from?

Ovid and Lucan used decumanus, he found, of a wave, but not absolutely, as a noun

By Dot Wordsworth

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High Life

My unlikely friendship with Sir David Barclay

One more of the good guys is now gone

By Taki

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Home

Eccentric, artist and storyteller: in memory of my mother Doreen Sanders

She would live on mushrooms for a month, then put us up in the finest Parisian hotel

By Aidan Hartley

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Places

Place

Time for Tudorbethan

Tudor architecture marked the first instance of Anglo domesticity recognizable today

By Chadwick Moore

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Food + Drink

Drink

Why Grüner is my go-to

If I was ever unsure what to ask for, anywhere in Europe, I was not to panic

By Mary Kate Skehan

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Food

The diversity dinner

Marrying meatballs with plantains and curry

By Raj Tawney

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Drink

The Judgment of Paris

Putting California on the map

By Roger Kimball

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Food

Sap happy

Breaking the maple syrup monopoly

By Jane Stannus

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