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Pulp Fiction

Harvey Weinstein wasn't all about upscale anglophile Oscar-bait. He was also side by side with Quentin Tarantino, all the way from Reservoir Dogs a quarter-century ago to The Hateful Eight last year. Tarantino now says he'd known about Weinstein's behavior for decades and feels "ashamed" that he continued to work with him. Which is an odd reaction, given that "shame" is a quality unknown to almost any Tarantino character over the past 25 years. It as, as they say, ironic that the director appears to be overcome off-screen by a very particular human emotion, since as James Wood wrote in The Guardian over two decades ago: Tarantino represents the final triumph of postmodernism, which is to empty the artwork of all content, thus avoiding its ...

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Topical Take

Uranium & Diarrhea, Inc

The big story this week is that the FBI uncovered a Moscow bribery plot just before the Obama Administration approved the transfer of 20 per cent of American uranium into the hands of the Russians. And who precisely were the Russkies trying to bribe? They also obtained an eyewitness account — backed by documents — indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton's charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow, sources told The Hill. The racketeering scheme was conducted "with the consent of higher level officials" in Russia who "shared the proceeds" from the ...

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On the Air

What Happens at the Mandalay Bay Stays at the Mandalay Bay

On Wednesday night I kept my midweek date with Tucker Carlson on Fox News. The subject was the re-emergence under bizarrely controlled circumstances of the key witness to the Vegas attack. Despite both our protestations of non-conspiracy-nut status, we did a bonus round on the impending and supposedly final JFK revelations. Click below to watch:

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Topical Take

The Deserter Honored in the Rose Garden

It's Wednesday, and in a couple of hours I'll be sitting in for Rush and guest-hosting America's Number One radio show. I hope you'll tune in either on one of over 600 radio stations across the country or via iHeartMedia livestream. I've no idea what's going to turn up on today's broadcast, but, in case this story doesn't arise, I'd like to say a word about it here: On Monday Bowe Bergdahl pleaded guilty to charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. He will be sentenced next week. To all but a mendacious Administration and its accomplices among the court eunuchs of the Obama media, the truth about this man was obvious from the day of his release by the Taliban three-and-a-half years ago.. Me on June 3rd 2014: In years to come, ...

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Mark's Mailbox

I Was Colonial When Colonial Wasn't Cool

We had so many good questions from Mark Steyn Club members around the planet for last week's Clubland Q&A that Mark couldn't get to them all. So we saved a few of them for this latest video edition of Mark's Mailbox, starting with the case for "The Case for Colonialism" and against anti-colonialists who want to beat up editors of scholarly journals, and progressing to aspects of elite condescension and the death of comedy. Click below to watch:

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"The Weinstein Company is Dead"

Welcome to a brand new week at SteynOnline. I spent part of my weekend with one of my favorite shows, "Justice with Judge Jeanine", on which both the Judge and I were preoccupied with the question of whether Harvey Weinstein, under investigation for rape and sexual assault by both the NYPD and Scotland Yard, will finally be getting justice. I was particularly disturbed by the New York cops making the Italian model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez wear a wire - putting her at risk of certain physical assault had Weinstein discovered it - and then the sleazy DA, Cyrus Vance, mysteriously deciding to drop the case. From Breitbart News: "This woman, this Italian woman was twice traumatized. The first time was when Weinstein attacked her and touched ...

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Steyn's Song of the Week

I Tawt I Taw A Puddy Tat

One hundred years ago today - October 15th 1917 - a man called Alan Livingston was born in McDonald, Pennsylvania. You probably don't know his name, and, if you think you know your songwriters, you may be confusing him with his older brother Jay Livingston, who with Ray Evans wrote "Que Sera Sera", "Mona Lisa", "Buttons and Bows" and the urban Christmas song "Silver Bells". Jay's kid brother doesn't have a song catalogue like that, but one way or another we owe a lot of the late 20th century's best known music to him...

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The Vertigo at the Top of the Stick

In a couple of months, Michael E Mann's defamation suit against me will enter its sixth year in the constipated bowels of DC justice...

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Mann vs Steyn

Football and Hockey

The Corner post that launched a lawsuit...

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A Debonair Knave

Welcome to Part Nine of our latest Tale for Our Time, a tale of honor and duty in extraordinary circumstances far from home - as conjured by Anthony Hope in his 1894 novel The Prisoner of Zenda. In tonight's episode we meet the dashing but deadly Rupert of Hentzau...

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"If I Were Not the King..."

Welcome to Part Eight of our latest audio adventure The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope. In tonight's episode, there is a grand ball at the palace in Strelsau - and a vacationing Englishman finds the part he has to play sorely straining...

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A Mongrel Dog

Time for Part Seven of The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope. In tonight's episode Rudolf Rassendyll comes face to face with the man who knows his secret...

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Grating Chuckles and Shaken Dukes

Welcome to Part Six of our latest audio adventure in our series Tales for Our Time: This tale is an undoubted classic, The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope...

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The Secret of a Cellar

Time for Part Five of my serialization of The Prisoner of Zenda, first published in 1894 but truly a Tale for Our Time...

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A King Sans Cuirassiers

Part Four of our new Tale for Our Time - Anthony Hope's The Prisoner of Zenda

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"I'll Lay a Crown He's Never Crowned!"

Welcome to Part Three of my serialization of The Prisoner of Zenda

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Steyn's Song of the Week

O Sole Mio

We're delighted to present another live-performance edition of our Song of the Week. Mark invites Paul Sorvino to reveal the connection between a great American actor and one of the most beloved songs on the planet:

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Steyn's Song of the Week

The Glory of Love

If you saw singer/pianist Carol Welsman do "As Time Goes By" as our Sunday song a few weeks back, you'll know that she can freshen up the most familiar standard. So we're thrilled to have Carol back live, accompanied by the Steyn house band:

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Steyn's Song of the Week

At Long Last Love

Another live-performance edition, with Robert Davi singing Cole Porter:

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