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Steyn's Song of the Week

Witchcraft

In this week before Halloween, how about a Song of the Week for the witching hour? I've always loved songs that use magic as an image of romantic seduction and intoxication. Cole Porter got in on it early in "You Do Something To Me" (1928):

Let me live 'neath your spell Do do That voodoo That you do So well…

Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer extended the thought in 1944:

That Old Black Magic has me in its spell That Old Black Magic that you weave so well Those icy fingers up and down my spine The same old witchcraft when your eyes meet mine…

But it was Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh who wrapped up the subject once and for all a decade later...

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Mark at the Movies

Wolf

We always like to pick out a Halloween horror for All Hallows Eve, and this year, what with all those "lone wolves" we keep hearing about, I've plumped for a whiskery Jack Nicholson: For a while in Hollywood, the principal cinematic function of Vermont was for New Yorkers to find themselves in. Back in Baby Boom (1987), Diane Keaton, a big town ad exec elbowed aside by ambitious tyros, scrams to Vermont, starts up a line of Country Baby products and fleeces the yuppies back in New York. Seven ...

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Ave atque vale

Palace Intrigue

One of the odder episodes recounted in my new book The [Un]documented Mark Steyn is my dinner at Buckingham Palace on the eve of the referendum on the Australian monarchy. A man whose political fortunes helped shape the republican movement died today at the age of 98. Gough Whitlam was a controversial Aussie Prime Minister who was even more controversially transformed into an ex-Prime Minister...

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Steyn on Culture

The Return of the Cartagena Hooker

America's federal-motorcade hooker-culture is depraved

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On the Town

One for the Road

Mark is in Chicago this weekend promoting his new book, The [Un]documented Mark Steyn. As we mentioned a week ago, Hugh Hewitt read it and said:

"Moon River and Me" @MarkSteynOnline '09 essay on Johnny Mercer alone worth the price of book

So, with a tip of the hat to Hugh, we dusted off part one of our Johnny Mercer centenary audio salute from five years ago. Well, we couldn't think of a better way to close out the first week of Mark's book launch than with the second part of that centenary tribute...

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On Friday morning Mark starts the day in Baltimore on WCBM 680 with Sean & Frank at 8:30am Eastern Time and then heads to Soundoff Connecticut with Jim Vicevich at 9:45am ET on WTIC 1080. Next, Mark heads to Texas and the Lynn Wooley Show at 9am Central.

~ In the afternoon, Mark returns to The Mike Rosen Show on 850 KOA- Denver at 1pm Mountain Time and finishes up the evening in Minneapolis-St. Paul at On The Way with Ridgeway at 5:15pm Central Time.

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