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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Oligarchs in a Demi Monde

Oligarchs in a Demi Monde

October 03, 2015

If cheating is the cancer of sport, losing has to be its halitosis. I stunk up

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A Most Unlikely Bird-Watcher

A Most Unlikely Bird-Watcher

September 26, 2015

Gstaad—Jeremy Clarke has wiped me out again, for a change. His accounts of

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The Mystery of Maria

The Mystery of Maria

September 19, 2015

Gstaad—it was the summer of 1953, in Greece. We spent two months together,

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Advantage: Vika, Eugenie, and Steffi

Advantage: Vika, Eugenie, and Steffi

September 12, 2015

Without the benefit of hindsight I write this on Monday, the 7th—Serena

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‘Spectator’ Sorts

‘Spectator’ Sorts

September 05, 2015

On board the M/SQueen Victoria: They remain engraved in my brain, like

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Gin Palaces Reconsidered

Gin Palaces Reconsidered

August 29, 2015

According to W. Somerset Maugham, materially one must live on the razor’s edge

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The Short Smoker Strikes Again

The Short Smoker Strikes Again

August 22, 2015

These are the languid, sensuous days of summer, and I’ve had another

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Across the Isles

Across the Isles

August 15, 2015

The wind is maddening and constant, and gets stronger as the sun falls under

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The View From the Taverna

The View From the Taverna

August 08, 2015

Nestled under the Acropolis, snug and safe among the ancient ruins of a

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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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