Taki Theodoracopulos

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Taki is an ex-Greek Davis Cup player as well as a former captain of the Greek national karate team. He has won the U.S. national veterans judo championship twice, and in 2008 was world veterans judo champion 70 and over. Since 1967, when he began his career with National Review, he has been a columnist for the London Spectator, the London Sunday Times, Esquire Magazine, Vanity Fair and Chronicles Magazine. In 2002 he founded The American Conservative with Pat Buchanan. He has covered the Vietnam War as well as the Yom Kippur War and the Cyprus conflict of 1974.


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An Orgy of Politesse

An Orgy of Politesse

August 01, 2015

We all agree that a world without manners would make this a pretty grim place

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Once More, the Mysterious Wound

Once More, the Mysterious Wound

July 25, 2015

I think back to my Greek childhood and longing for the once coziest and most

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Arabian Fights

Arabian Fights

July 18, 2015

I have signed an affidavit for a hearing this week in the High Court stating

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London Fog

London Fog

July 11, 2015

Wow, what a week. London may be bad for one’s health, but it sure makes it

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Big Fat Greek Weddings

Big Fat Greek Weddings

July 04, 2015

Tempus sure fugit, and how. Twenty years ago today, Thursday, July 2, 1995,

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Absinthe Minded

Absinthe Minded

June 27, 2015

Last Wednesday, June 24, Pugs held a luncheon in honor of our first member to

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Something’s Very Wrong Here

Something’s Very Wrong Here

June 20, 2015

When I founded The American Conservative magazine 13 years ago–the purpose

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Hellenic Handbasket

Hellenic Handbasket

June 13, 2015

There’s nothing to add about the clowns in Brussels and Athens but a Yogi

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What’s Real and What’s Imagined

What’s Real and What’s Imagined

May 30, 2015

An operation on my hand after a karate injury has me reading more than usual,

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As Good As It Gets

As Good As It Gets

May 23, 2015

It’s as good as it gets; a light rain is falling on a soft May evening and

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The Greatest Movie Never Made

The Greatest Movie Never Made

May 16, 2015

OK. Magnanimity in victory is a sine qua non among civilized men and women, so

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The Suppression of Ideas

The Suppression of Ideas

May 09, 2015

If any of you see Graydon Carter, the editor of Vanity Fair, walking around

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Time Speaketh No Longer

Time Speaketh No Longer

May 02, 2015

Talk about how the mighty have fallen. Time magazine was for the better part of

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The Worship of Bigness

The Worship of Bigness

April 25, 2015

A recent column in the FT had me mad as hell and not about to take it any more.

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Noo Yawk, Noo Yawk

Noo Yawk, Noo Yawk

April 18, 2015

New York  - “Gimme a BLT on rye and hold da mayo” is a great Noo Yawk

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Twice the Blabbering Fool

Twice the Blabbering Fool

April 15, 2015

Ah Spring, the spring of our frost bitten age. At the Polish Club in London, a

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Down with Modernism, up with Mozart

Down with Modernism, up with Mozart

April 04, 2015

End of season is always bittersweet, the melting snows a bit like autumn

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King of the Hill

King of the Hill

March 28, 2015

It’s a famous quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald, one that Elton John should

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My Favorite Decade

My Favorite Decade

March 21, 2015

Flipping through some television garbage trying to induce sleep, I came upon an

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Athens Then and Now

Athens Then and Now

March 14, 2015

Athens – I am walking on a wide pedestrian road beneath the Acropolis within

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Keeping in Form

Keeping in Form

March 07, 2015

The secret of eternal youth, according to Alice Longworth Roosevelt, is

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Say It in Style

Say It in Style

February 28, 2015

A naked, very good-looking young man skied down the mountain, evoking shrieks

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On the Death of a Friend


On the Death of a Friend


February 21, 2015

I hate to start with a cliché, but Count Arnaud de Borchgrave d’Altena, who

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Stay the Piste!

Stay the Piste!

February 14, 2015

Gstaad—Once upon a time, clergymen saw mountain peaks as natural steeples

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Beware of Brussels Bearing Gifts

Beware of Brussels Bearing Gifts

February 07, 2015

The good news is that a Greek suppository is about to relieve the EU’s

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There’s No Justice

There’s No Justice

January 24, 2015

I had a short chat with BBC Radio concerning the actor Jack Nicholson, whom I

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