Travel

An American’s Guide to Moving to Australia

An American’s Guide to Moving to Australia

Apr 13 2010

In spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of ... emigrating. And when it does, I often seem to hear about it. My

Mental Health

Paging Dr. House

Paging Dr. House

Mar 29 2010

Once, in the years B. D. (Before Deinstitutionalization), Australia's mental hospital care took two forms. There was the public-asylum form. Then there was the private-clinic

Haiti

Heartbreak Hotel

Heartbreak Hotel

Jan 26 2010

In 1935, British journalist James Agate admitted to obsession with a juicy but fundamentally parochial murder case, while from Quetta"€”now in Pakistan, then in the

Torture

My Short Happy Life As a Knowledge Management Drone

My Short Happy Life As a Knowledge Management Drone

Apr 02 2009

This story (the title of which alludes to Jessica Mitford’s October 1974 Atlantic Monthly report, "€œMy Short And Happy Life as a Distinguished Professor"€) really

Media

The Hoax Down Under

The Hoax Down Under

Jan 12 2009

Say what you like against us Australians, there is one activity where we excel, and that is, in producing artistic hoaxers. The nonexistent modernist poetic

World

The Diversity Meltdown Down Under

The Diversity Meltdown Down Under

Oct 29 2008

Karen De Coster's article on “The Standard of Living Bubble” leaves open, inevitably, the question of foreign equivalents to the hoggish economic meltdown that Miss

Takimag Classic

20th Century Music”€”What Went Wrong?

20th Century Music”€”What Went Wrong?

Oct 02 2008

The tale is told by M. F. Barnes, in her 1931 study Renaissance Vistas (and it has often been depicted by great painters, notably Botticelli

Remembrance

Sam Francis & Me

Sam Francis & Me

Sep 08 2008

You have no idea what joy lies in discovering that there is another human being in one's homeland who actually has heard of, and reads

Media

Buchanan & Lukacs”€”Getting Personal

Buchanan & Lukacs”€”Getting Personal

Jun 02 2008

May I, even at this late stage of the John Lukacs controversy, offer a few thoughts that do not seem to have been articulated elsewhere

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The Customer is Always Wrong

The Customer is Always Wrong

Feb 06 2008

Review of Modernism: The Lure of Heresy, by Peter Gay: W. W. Norton, New York City, 2007, 610 pages If a Nobel Prize existed for

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The Death of Music by the Spirit of Government Subsidies

The Death of Music by the Spirit of Government Subsidies

Jan 26 2008

The tale is told by M. F. Barnes, in her 1931 study Renaissance Vistas (and it has often been depicted by great painters, notably Botticelli

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Did I Kill Robert Lowell?

Did I Kill Robert Lowell?

Sep 25 2007

You may have heard of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. But you probably haven’t heard of The Man Who Killed Robert Lowell. So who

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Confessions of an Australian Organist

Confessions of an Australian Organist

Aug 07 2007

It occurred to me recently that thirty years have elapsed since I first began earning money as a church organist. Perhaps in those thirty years,

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Falstaff in a Fedora

Falstaff in a Fedora

Aug 05 2007

If Taki were a singer, he would be George Melly. Alas, if Taki were George Melly, he would be dead. George Melly was a "€œfat

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Un-Killing Whitey: The Achievement of Sam Francis

Un-Killing Whitey: The Achievement of Sam Francis

May 15 2007

Shots Fired: Sam Francis on America's Culture War By Samuel Francis / Edited by Peter B. Gemma Published by FGF Books (Vienna, Virginia), 2006; 361

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Britain in the Ashtray: Notes on a Scandal

Britain in the Ashtray: Notes on a Scandal

Mar 20 2007

The ancient riddle runs: "€œWhat's a psychiatrist?"€ Answer: "€œa man who goes to the Folies-Bergère and looks at the audience."€ A good deal of "€œlooking