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by | Jan 20, 2023

Venice is an artificial miracle, a metropolis of gold and marble and crumbling brick and peeling stucco improbably set afloat upon the Adriatic, anchored in its lagoon by alder stakes confidently driven into a shifting subsoil of silt and sand….

by | Jan 5, 2023

Billy Wilder on Assignment: Dispatches from Weimar Berlin and Interwar Vienna Edited by Noah Isenberg; translated by Shelley Frisch (Princeton University Press, 224 pages, $19 paperback) How did Billy Wilder (1906-2002) become the Hollywood legend who created such film classics…

by | Dec 27, 2022

I heard the news last Wednesday morning. My wife and I were doing our annual Christmas trip to Pittsburgh’s historic Strip District, a wonderfully authentic half-mile strip of ethnic grocers and markets and restaurants — Sunseri’s, Wholey’s, Pennsylvania Macaroni, Labad’s,…

by | Dec 10, 2022

World War II ended almost 80 years ago. Much of Europe was in ruins. Germany and the Soviet Union probably suffered the most from the fighting. Perhaps Poland the most from the occupation. In a just world, the aggressors —…

by | Oct 22, 2022

“You can make the earth a magnificent garden — or you can make it a desert of death.” -The pope, addressing the people of Rome in the summer of 2022 “The pope might want to look into his own backyard…

by | Sep 28, 2022

The European elite’s sour reaction to the rise of Giorgia Meloni, Italy’s next prime minister, reveals less about her politics than its own. It harbors a death wish for Europe — a willfulness passed off as a “progressive” ideology that…

by | Sep 27, 2022

In the wake of the French Revolution and the disastrous Napoleonic wars, Europe’s conservative regimes — Austria under Francis I, Prussia under Frederick William III, and Russia under Alexander I — formed the so-called Holy Alliance to uphold monarchical values…

by | Sep 27, 2022

The headlines reporting Giorgia Meloni likely becoming the Italian prime minister after her Brothers of Italy party won the largest share of seats in parliament missed more than originality. “Italy Election Results Set Up First Far-Right Government Since Mussolini” (Washington…

by | Sep 26, 2022

Perhaps the biggest lie told in the last 100 years on this planet is the one about fascism. Specifically, that fascism is a “far-right” phenomenon. It’s never been a particularly convincing lie. Not when all of the self-avowed fascists who…

by | Sep 23, 2022

Sometimes liberal elites cannot disguise their anti-Catholic attitudes. We all remember California Sen. Dianne Feinstein expressing concern at Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing that “the dogma lives loudly” in her, meaning Barrett’s devout Catholicism apparently poses a danger to…

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