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Paul Beston
Paul Beston is associate editor of the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal.
by | Mar 20, 2009

I’ve never much liked St. Patrick’s Day. As time passed, I’ve never much liked it even less. Before the last few years, my main objections were not just about public order and drunken rowdiness, but also that our country hardly…

by | Mar 16, 2009

According to the Labor Department, the economy lost 651,000 jobs in February as unemployment crossed the 8 percent mark, the highest since 1983. Amid all the debate about economic policy, the only consensus seems to be that things are going…

by | Mar 6, 2009

Another baseball season approaches, and the national pastime continues to demonstrate its genius for self-inflicted wounds. The latest steroid scandal involved superstar Alex Rodriguez and only lengthened the shadow cast by past revelations about Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, and others….

by | Dec 31, 2008

IT ALWAYS SEEMED STRANGELY appropriate that Frank Sinatra died on the day of the Seinfeld finale— 10 years ago this past May. On a night when America was set to celebrate a sitcom’s elevation of irony to unforeseen cultural heights,…

by | Dec 29, 2008

BY USING STALE METAPHORS, SIMILES, and idioms,” George Orwell wrote in 1946, “you save much mental effort, at the cost of leaving your meaning vague, not only for your reader but for yourself.” He thought political writing suffered particularly from…

by | Oct 1, 2008

It always seemed strangely appropriate that Frank Sinatra died on the day of the Seinfeld finale— 10 years ago this past May. On a night when America was set to celebrate a sitcom’s elevation of irony to unforeseen cultural heights,…

by | Jun 9, 2008

This has not been a good year for inevitability. In February the New England Patriots, at 18-0 and one inevitable win away from sports immortality, couldn’t quite close the deal and lost to the New York Giants in the final…

by | May 24, 2008

If you watch the Hillary video of the remarks, it’s clear – to me, anyway – that she actually was trying to make the point about primary campaigns going on long, even if, as Drudge and others are pointing out,…

by | Mar 20, 2008

This article appeared in the February 2008 issue of The American Spectator. To subscribe to our monthly print edition, click here. That Sunday, September 8, 1974, my parents were batting the names “Ford” and “Nixon” around our house like verbal…

by | Feb 4, 2008

For my ailing father, who watched in person as Alan Ameche barreled forward to kill the Giants in 1958, who sat through – again, in person – the 1962 NFL title loss in Yankee Stadium, in Arctic conditions, to the…

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