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The mullah report: is Biden bringing back the Iran Deal?

November 23, 2020 11:33 am

Biden-Harris will do their best not to finish Trump’s successful business


EDITORIAL: The urgent case for voting reform

November 23, 2020 9:30 am

It is obvious that mass mail-in voting and days of drawn-out counting maximize opportunities for chicanery


Which psychics’ predictions for 2020 came true?

November 22, 2020 12:50 pm

‘A new strain of bird flu is going to hit the country hard. On the bright side, it will mostly be limited to poultry’


Starting out in cyber

November 22, 2020 12:35 pm

I am annoyed by the use of cyber as a noun

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My nights of passion with Juliette Gréco

November 22, 2020 12:06 pm

Shutters banged and lights were turned on as her screams echoed around the cavernous courtyard

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Wines of turkey

November 15, 2020 12:59 pm

Some bottles to be thankful for


Porgy and best

November 15, 2020 12:39 pm

How the porgy became my preferred piscine

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Is Billie Eilish really in shock over James Bond?

November 14, 2020 11:50 am

‘Shock’, from the French ‘choque’, began as the word for a collision of armies

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Game birds

November 14, 2020 11:37 am

Try Cornish hens for Thanksgiving

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Capital entertainment

November 14, 2020 11:24 am

London’s West End: Creating the Pleasure District, 1800-1914 by Rohan McWilliam reviewed

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The trouble with America’s ‘systemic racism’

November 13, 2020 5:42 pm

The United States has been no more racist, unequal and oppressive than most racially pluralist countries


My Aunt Beryl’s zinc-lined trunk revealed extraordinary family secrets

November 13, 2020 2:13 pm

Out of an envelope fell an original poem scribbled and signed by Rudyard Kipling


The next American empire

November 12, 2020 4:19 pm

After the blowout, the blowback

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Culture and anarchy

November 11, 2020 5:24 pm

Félix Fénéon, terrorist and connoisseur


Homes, sweet homes

November 11, 2020 3:06 pm

A few years ago, for reasons I can’t recall, I acquired a donkey hut in the Molise

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The author in full: Tom Wolfe

November 11, 2020 2:42 pm

Wolfe excelled at capturing human foibles and petty vanities; anything deeper than that escaped him


The wars go on

November 10, 2020 3:39 pm

Seventy-five years after the end of World War Two we still have forces in Britain, Japan, Germany and Italy

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From Cool to Cringe: what’s happened to American culture?

November 9, 2020 2:12 pm

What’s happened to American culture?


Monuments and memorials in Maryland

November 9, 2020 12:44 pm

For about a dozen square blocks in its center, 18th-century Easton is as European-looking as any small town in the United States


Prussian blues

November 1, 2020 8:37 pm

It took me 30 years of traveling to learn that my Heimat is Prussia


Is my phobia of upmarket restaurants misplaced?

November 1, 2020 7:06 pm

For all its art and famous clientele, the Colombe d’Or is no more than an upmarket canteen

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Roman bloodbaths

October 31, 2020 7:00 pm

The Last Assassin: The Hunt for the Killers of Julius Caesar by Peter Stothard reviewed


Stay positive

October 30, 2020 2:48 pm

Why the President’s mindset matters


How to confront uncertainty

October 29, 2020 9:55 am

If there’s any lesson we should take from 2020 it is that it can get worse and often does


The demise of America has been greatly exaggerated

October 28, 2020 2:06 pm

To be an American is to move ever forward, in pursuit of that ‘more perfect union’