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What a drag…

The venue was what had, at one time, been a steam-pump room; it was circular, unusual for a bar—and yet less mysterious than I had hoped....

646. Enthusiasm (IX)

Under the Banner of Heaven revealed to me a particular way the regime conceptualises its religious opponents. It never says, as some...

645. The family (XIV)

I glanced at the first few pages of Under the Banner of Heaven and this was enough to establish the book’s orientation. It comes at its...

644. Progress (XIII)

It has often been observed that the US system, the wider Western system, seems to be able to co-opt any dissentient current directed...

643. Darkening of the light (XII)

There are few things in life more ugly than a Muslim man who wears his salwar kameez with a pair of trainers on his feet—the reason...

642. Enthusiasm (VIII)

I have spoken of the Irish girl with blue eyes with whom I have experienced synchronicities, synchronicities associated with the Tree of...

641. The power of the great (XVIII)

Not to sound more schizo than I actually am, but Mother’s Day is a communist plot—no, really. Around the early 1900s, thanks to men like...

Christianity II

As with woke politics, nobody has ever believed Christianity except a tiny fanatical minority who imposed their views on everyone else—as...

640. Treading (VII)

The late Roger Scruton would often decry postmodernism—usually as a “fad and fancy” by incomprehensible French intellectuals—and yet...

Decadence

“We must take urgent action to resolve Britain’s chastity crisis,” says nobody, ever. To speak about a “chastity crisis” makes about as...

639. Development (XVII)

Crime against nature and New Yorker journalist, Jeet Heer, wonders why the great writers all end up “far-right”. The answer is simple:...

638. Oppression (XIII)

A long time ago, I thought: “It’s all very well for conservatives to complain that gay marriage is unnatural—yet what is ‘natural’ about...

637. Revolution (XIV)

When the travel writer and fabulist Bruce Chatwin was born, the nurse who first held him announced: “He’s too beautiful to live.”...

636. Opposition (VI)

The writer Kingsley Amis was a Communist at university, but he soon left the party—and eventually became a staunch anti-Communist....

Crop circles

The crop circle trend trailed off to nothing long ago, or no longer seemed remarkable—no longer operated as a mystery. It came to...

635. Holding together (VI)

Bernard-Henri Lévy has a definite coiffure, a definite do—very fixed under the studio lights, probably with an aerosol spray. Parfait. He...

634. Corners of the mouth (IX)

So the progressive utopia is the airport lounge: clean, safe, reliable, well-lit, stocked with familiar brands, peopled with all the...

Words and the will

Words: there is no doubt that words are very important—and names even more so. Take an American political organisation called “Patriot...

633. The taming power of the great (IV)

The ideal that Western elites work for is the airport lounge—every country an airport lounge. You know the airport lounge: clean, safe,...

632. Standstill (VI)

Those people who defend “drag queen story hour” will often snap back at their critics that they participate in child beauty pageants—so...