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  • Happy Father's Day!

    06/17/2018 6:16:21 AM PDT · by Twotone · 5 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | June 16, 2018 | Mark Steyn
    Happy Father's Day to you and yours. I miss my dad more as the years go by. He was very sick at the end, and I think it takes a while after death for the final grim stage to fade and for the departed to be restored to memory as they were in their prime. When I was a kid, he liked to sing along to this whenever it came on the radio, even though neither my sister nor I were much like the girl and boy in the song. Which is kind of the point of the number. This...
  • The Gripes of Roth

    06/02/2018 1:26:19 PM PDT · by Twotone · 14 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | June 2, 2018 | Mark Steyn
    When the novelist Philip Roth died a few days ago, I thought, briefly, about re-posting an ancient piece of mine from The American Spectator. But de mortuis nihil nisi bonum and all that. Then I picked up The Daily Mail, and figured I might as well hop aboard the bandwagon. I came to Roth via the film of Goodbye, Columbus, with Ali McGraw and Richard Benjamin, who rather spoilt the book for me, and then read Portnoy's Complaint, and thereafter whatever review copy I was obliged to digest for my BBC artsy endeavors. As to the oeuvre, the defining Philip...
  • The Royal Couple in Pictures

    05/20/2018 5:45:07 AM PDT · by Twotone · 68 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | May 19, 2018 | Mark Steyn
    Well, today was the big day for Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, so it seems appropriate to offer a few Royal romances as our Saturday movie date. The most directly relevant movie, Royal Wedding, made in 1947, was set in London against the background of Prince Harry's grandparents' nuptials and starred Fred Astaire and an actress whose dad was an actual guest at the actual real-life wedding - Sarah Churchill, daughter of Winston. But I'll say a few words about that tomorrow night in our Song of the Week department, and today cast our net a...
  • Heel, Hipster, Loner, Loser

    05/15/2018 8:45:51 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 22 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 13 May 2018 | Mark Steyn
    Frank Sinatra died twenty years ago - May 14th 1998. We'll pick out a few musical moments later tonight, but first, as a curtain-raiser and as a Mark at the Movies Sunday bonus, here's a look at Sinatra's film career. He was a memorable actor - and, as Sammy Cahn liked to say, that isn't even what he does: When he died in 1998, the Italians came out for Frank. Robert De Niro said not a day passed when he didn't listen to Sinatra, Martin Scorsese that Sinatra made it possible for all the rest of them - the guys...
  • The NO Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EDT,May 15-16,2018,WOR AM

    05/15/2018 8:23:58 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 15 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | May 15, 2018 | Rush Limbaugh
    Good Morning/Afternoon,MEGAGuestHostsMarkSteynAndOtherSubContinuingEIBExcellenceTodayAndTomorrowDITTOS!
  • It Was a Very Good Year

    05/14/2018 11:25:22 AM PDT · by Twotone · 14 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | May 13, 2018 | Mark Steyn
    Frank Sinatra was the most influential popular singer of the 20th century – not just because of a six-decade career of big hit records, but because his taste in music and the longevity of his success helped shape and expand the American Songbook. Not all icons survive death: I think of Leonard Bernstein or Bob Fosse, both at their passing the most celebrated practitioners in their respective fields, or Bing Crosby, the biggest selling recording artist of all time at the time he left us, and these days little more than a guy who gets played on the holiday channels...
  • Happy Birthday to You

    05/06/2018 2:24:41 PM PDT · by Twotone · 10 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | May 6, 2018 | Mark Steyn
    Today marks the first anniversary of The Mark Steyn Club, founded exactly twelve months ago on May 6th 2017. So we wish a happy birthday to us, and more importantly to all our first-day Founding Members, whom we hope will want to re-subscribe for another fun year to come. We welcome new members too, of course. But on this anniversary there's really only one song we could pick for our Song of the Week. Sometimes in this department, rock fans aren't familiar with the jazz standards, and jazz fans aren't familiar with the hymn tunes, and hymn fans aren't familiar...
  • Scouts' Honor?

    05/05/2018 6:04:02 AM PDT · by Twotone · 88 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | May 4, 2018 | Mark Steyn
    Two nights ago with Tucker Carlson, I discussed the decision of the Boy Scouts of America to drop the "Boy" bit. The ruination of a great civilizing institution has been accomplished in a mere two decades. As I wrote three years ago: In the late Nineties, the BSA said no to gay scoutmasters. I was on the floor of the Democratic Convention in Los Angeles in 2000 when they had some Eagle scouts as an honor guard - and in my section of the crowd everyone booed. And I remember thinking, "Man, these Dems are nuts. Booing boy scouts?" But...
  • The Process is the Punishment (As Always)

    05/04/2018 2:04:49 PM PDT · by Twotone · 4 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | May 3, 2018 | Mark Steyn
    There have been exciting developments in the "Russia investigation". There always are, because that is the nature of open-ended money-no-object investigations. But, to me, the most interesting development was the testimony of Michael Caputo, who appeared just before me on Tucker Carlson's show last night. Mr Caputo was, briefly, a very minor Trump campaign aide - and so his life has been destroyed. As he told the Senate Intelligence Committee yesterday: "In 2009, my wife and I moved to my hometown of East Aurora, New York to have a family. Making far less money back home, we had a far...
  • The Odd Couple

    05/01/2018 12:21:23 PM PDT · by Twotone · 20 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | April 28, 2018 | Mark Steyn
    Fifty years ago this coming week - May 2nd 1968 - the world heard for the first time one of the great instrumental movie themes of all time, composed by Neal Hefti to accompany Jack Lemmon as he pads through a seedy Times Square at night and checks into a fleabag hotel to hurl himself to death from his bedroom window. Instead, he finds the window nailed shut, and, in frantically trying to open it so he can throw himself out, instead throws his back out. He winds up at a go-go bar and, uninterested in the dancers, throws back...
  • I've Heard That Song Before

    04/30/2018 5:46:28 PM PDT · by Twotone · 12 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | April 29, 2018 | Mark Steyn
    As we approach the first anniversary of The Mark Steyn Club, we'll be presenting some musical celebrations as part of the festivities, so do keep an eye on our home page as the days go by. I've always thought of our Song of the Week as perhaps our least controversial department, if only by comparison with all the war and politics and whatnot all over the rest of the site. So I was interested to discover our musical offerings are as toxic as everything else around here. Late on Friday, having brought a ten-million dollar suit against me and lost...
  • The NO Rush Limbaugh Show,With Guest Host Mark Steyn,WOR AM,12NOONPM-3PM,EDT,April 24,2018

    04/24/2018 8:40:50 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 14 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | April 24, 2018 | Rush Limbaugh
    Good Morning/Afternoon, MEGAWELCOMEMarkSteynAsGuestHostDITTOS!
  • Mark Levin and His "Great Patriot"

    04/23/2018 4:19:47 PM PDT · by Twotone · 34 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | April 23, 2018 | Mark Steyn
    For our non-American readers, I should explain that Mark Levin is one of the most successful radio hosts in the United States. In fact, a few days ago he was nominated for the National Radio Hall of Fame. I also want to re-emphasize what I said last week: I did not pick a fight with CRTV. They picked a fight with me - and two judges have now ruled that they lost, comprehensively. The day after the New York Supreme Court confirmed my victory over CRTV, Mark Levin took to his radio show and gave a leisurely retrospective of the...
  • Rivers of Blood and the Tides of History

    04/21/2018 2:38:26 PM PDT · by Twotone · 17 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | April 20, 2018 | Mark Steyn
    Half-a-century ago today, Enoch Powell gave the speech that ended his political ambitions within the British Conservative Party, but ensured that he would be a more consequential figure than any of the hack timeservers who prospered in the Tory cabinets of Edward Heath. It's known to history as "the 'Rivers of Blood' speech", which is a slight misrendering of a characteristically Powellite classical allusion - even then, in the pre-soundbite era, a risky business for a politician seeking to curry favor with the media. To mark the anniversary, BBC Radio, controversially, aired a re-enactment of the speech, read by Ian...
  • What a Wonderful World

    04/16/2018 5:56:12 AM PDT · by Twotone · 26 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | April 15, 2018 | Mark Steyn
    <p>Tell that fat bastard to go f**k himself.. Why do we give a sh*t..? Screw 'em all.</p> <p>More of that anon. But, before we get to those four-letter fanfares, half-a-century ago this month - April 1968 - something rather unusual happened in the UK Top 40: An American got to Number One.</p>
  • Take Me Out to the Ball Game

    04/15/2018 6:23:54 AM PDT · by Twotone · 10 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | April 8, 2018 | Mark Steyn
    Well, the snow outside my New Hampshire window is below two-and-a-half foot, and so it must be time for the "summer" game. Baseball season is here, which means that baseball season's enduring blockbuster anthem is back for another summer of seventh-inning stretches, 110 years after it was introduced to the public in May 1908. "It's a tune that has all the color, all the swing, all the punch and feeling of the game," said Frank Sinatra, pinch-hitting for Bill Stern and guest-hosting Stern's "Colgate Sports Newsreel" in 1949. "It's the theme song of a great nation's national pastime, a diamond...
  • The Nation as Insoluble Problem

    04/14/2018 8:11:34 AM PDT · by Twotone · 2 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | April 14, 2018 | Mark Steyn
    In the early hours of Saturday morning, US, UK and French forces struck Bashar Assad's regime in Syria. We'll see what, if anything, comes of that. One notes that Germany did not participate in the attacks - which is odd, considering that the most significant event in German life this last half-decade has been the arrival of millions of young, male so-called "Syrian" so-called "refugees" fleeing the chaos of "their" benighted land, and inflicting a whole lot on their Teuton hosts. On the other hand, unless I've missed a walk-back, Mutti Merkel's official position remains the more "refugees" the better....
  • Holden On

    04/07/2018 4:24:10 PM PDT · by Twotone · 9 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | April 7, 2018 | Mark Steyn
    In Walker Percy's novel The Moviegoer, there is a short but memorable scene in which the narrator, Binx, perambulating through New Orleans, spots a genuine film star: Who should come out of Pirate's Alley half a block ahead of me but William Holden! Holden crosses Royal and turns toward Canal... No doubt he is on his way to Galatoire's for lunch. He is an attractive fellow with his ordinary good looks, very suntanned, walking along hands in pockets, raincoat slung over one shoulder. This is 1961. You'd know the "ordinary good looks" from The World of Suzie Wong and Bridge...
  • The Grand Convergence

    04/05/2018 8:47:38 AM PDT · by Twotone · 5 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | April 4, 2018 | Mark Steyn
    At a certain level, formerly functioning societies seem to be growing unnecessarily complicated. Yet, in a more basic sense, it's all coming together: Yesterday, as I was heading home after our live Clubland Q&A, it was all breaking news about the YouTube shooter. As usual in the first moments after such an attack, it's all tediously speculative - except for the apparent eyewitness report that the gunman was, in fact, a gunwoman. That, on the other hand, sent the breaking-news chappies boring down yet another dreary alley - that it was supposedly a YouTube employee upset with an ex-boyfriend. I...
  • Easter Parade

    04/01/2018 8:48:55 AM PDT · by Twotone · 3 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | March 31, 2018 | Mark Steyn
    Happy Easter and Happy Passover to our readers around the world. We moved our Saturday movie night to Good Friday for Mel Gibson's blockbuster The Passion Of The Christ. So, for the weekend proper, here's a special podcast, audiophonically adapted from an essay that appears in Mark's book A Song For The Season: the story of the most famous pop hit about Easter - sort of. Irving Berlin's "Easter Parade" has its beginnings in a very obscure chin-up song from the Great War written in 1917. In this audio special, Mark traces its origins as a First World War morale...