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by | Feb 18, 2019

The French government last week reported that anti-Semitic acts rose sharply last year, confirming a trend that has been noticeable at least since the early 1990s. You still hear the old Yiddish proverb, men ist azoy wie Gott in Frankreichor,…

by | Feb 6, 2019

The French scholar Patrice Gueniffey, a specialist in the French Revolution and the leading contemporary authority on the Napoleonic era, refers to Walter Bagehot on the two essential requirements of any regime, dignity and efficiency. Without an aura of dignity,…

by | Dec 25, 2017

Many years ago — many years ago — the great Hilton Kramer, one of the last of the true New York intellectuals, was sitting with me at the Oyster Bar at Grand Central Station — we were at the bar,…

by | Dec 7, 2017

You know the scene in The Godfather (the movie or the novel) where the mob bosses gather ’round a table — though not a round table, a nice touch — and the character played by Marlon Brando in the movie…

by | Apr 10, 2017

The situation right after the Tomahawks destroyed the Syrian air force on the ground appears to be that the Soviets, excuse me, the Russians, made a perfunctory naval maneuver in the eastern Mediterranean to demonstrate they are not wimps and…

by | Apr 4, 2017

A gorgeous crosscourt backhand that caught the other man by surprise, then a breathtaking inside out forehand down the line that downright shocked him: that was the match that was, except for a final service winner, as Roger Federer triumphed…

by | Mar 28, 2017

I am not the type of person who says I told you so, but as it happens, I told you so. My view at the time of the Inauguration was counter-conventional, in that I wrote, against the conventional wisdom that…

by | Feb 9, 2017

The most dramatic finale to the football season in memory had even Mr. R. Emmett Tyrrell — a handball player and former member of the storied Indiana varsity aquatic team — glued to the television screen the other day, and…

by | Feb 3, 2017

There was something to be said for the extremely fast start the new administration chose to demonstrate how seriously it takes the mandate the American people gave it last November. Within days, they were blocking migrants and visitors from seven…

by | Jan 20, 2017

They say a new president has a hundred days to make his mark, launch his key programs, set the Republic on course. And if he does not do it, it will four years of playing catch-up and getting bogged down…

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