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Mark Steyn

Jane Austen's Playlist

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The Mark Steyn Club was born over four years ago in May 2017, and one of the most popular features ever since the earliest days has been our series of monthly audio adventures, Tales for Our Time - and one of the most popular aspects of Tales for Our Time has been the music Mark chooses to accompany his serialization of each story. In the case of our current tale, Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey, he was spoilt for choice - because, aside from being a great author, Miss Austen was also a pretty fair musician, with albums of favorite songs and piano pieces faithfully copied out in her own neat and precise hand. In this Tales for Our Time special for Steyn Club members, Mark introduces a sample from those albums - a tragic Gluck aria, a folk ...

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Steyn's Song of the Week

When Your Lover Has Gone

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Programming note: Tomorrow, Monday, it's a double dose of Steyn on UK telly and radio. He starts the day with the audio edition of Steyn's Song of the Week on Serenade Radio at 5.30am London time (that's 9.30pm Sunday on the US and Canadian West Coast). You can listen to the show from anywhere on the planet right here. Mark ends the day with his first Brit telly appearance in decades, with Colin Brazier on the new GB News live at 8pm London time (that's 3pm North American Eastern). You can watch the show from anywhere on the planet right here. Nine decades ago Warner Brothers were putting the finishing touches on a crackerjack picture called Blonde Crazy, an early talkie from late 1931 that's as good as it sounds. Jimmy Cagney plays a ...

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Mark's Week in Review

A Se'nnight of Steyn, October 18-24

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Programming note: On Monday Steyn returns to UK telly for the first time in decades. He'll be joining Colin Brazier live at 8pm London time (3pm North American Eastern) on the new GB News. You can watch from anywhere on the planet right here.

Meanwhile, in case you missed it, here's how the last seven days looked to Mark...

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Rick's Flicks

Farewell, My Lovely: Into the Past with Robert Mitchum

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Rick McGinnis waxes nostalgic with a look at the neo-noir film Farewell, My Lovely...

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Steyn's Song of the Week

Goldfinger

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Mark remembers Leslie Bricusse with the definitive Bond song he wrote with Anthony Newley and John Barry...

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The Bachman Beat

Tal Bachman: We Have Met the Enemy, part XXV

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Tal Bachman continues to ponder the Enlightenment, the West's spiritual crisis, and where we all went so wrong, drawing on the wisdom of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn...

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Clubland Q&A

The Assumption of Permanence

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Mark answers questions on old Steynian themes - demography is destiny, permanence is the assumption of every age - and new wrinkles, such as the particular location of Bagram air base and the greening of Boris...

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Clubland Q&A

Live Around the Planet: Thursday October 21st

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Mark answers questions from Steyn Club members around the world

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The Mark Steyn Show

The Admirable Admiral

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The US military marks International Pronouns Day by making itself an even bigger global laughingstock. Plus Margaret Atwood and her cis-handmaids, Colin Powell's record collection, and the growing belief in the male cervix. There's an elegy for England, a new episode of The Hundred Years Ago Show, an extended edition of Mark's Mailbox on the demographic death-spiral, and a recollection of an unlikely Number One hit...

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Laura's Links

Serfs Instead of Citizens

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Laura Rosen Cohen on Joe Biden's attempted vaccine mandate, the myocarditis crisis no one wants to talk about, and Swedish antisemitism (still)...

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Politics & Current Affairs

The Future Is Showing Up

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The demographic death of ancient peoples, and the rise of a new Europe

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The Mark Steyn Weekend Show

The Ages of Woman

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The latest entry to Mark's anthology of video poetry, because, as he always says, video poetry is where the big bucks are. Today's poem is Phyllis's Age by Matthew Prior, which is rather a laugh...

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The Mark Steyn Show

Tragic Event of No Broader Application

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Mark discusses the murder of UK MP Sir David Amess by a "British national" and finds himself recalling a sharp line from Kipling...

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Ave atque vale

A Hero and a Hoot

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Steyn remembers Lars Vilks, a courageous man let down by the cowardice of his fellow artists

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Politics & Current Affairs

The Long Term's Express Check-In

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Del Rio is America's future, and sooner than you think

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Seasons of Steyn

The Years We Wasted

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On this twentieth anniversary the war is lost, at home and abroad

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Politics & Current Affairs

The Scale of Humiliation

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If you're Afghan, Afghanistan is about Afghanistan; if you're Russian or Chinese or Iranian or European, Afghanistan is about America...

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The War on Free Speech

You're Once, Twice, Three Times a Loser...

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A third strike for vanity litigant Michael E Mann

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Mann vs Steyn

Football and Hockey

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The Corner post that launched a lawsuit...

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A Clubman's Notes

Muslin Extremism

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If you missed our Jane Austen music special earlier today, I hope you'll want to give it a listen: it's a grand samplings of the songs and piano pieces Miss Austen played on her pianoforte for an hour before breakfast every morning of her life: A little bit of opera, a lot of sonatas, "Scotch and Irish airs", and more. Meanwhile, welcome to Part Twenty-Two of our current Tale for Our Time - our autumnal diversion by Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey. A few episodes back, the author observed that fashion-conscious ladies were unaware that men never noticed "the texture of their muslin" - and I added my own two ha'porth on the question. David Wilson, a First Weekend Founding Member of The Mark Steyn Club from the gruesome Newsom state of ...

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A Clubman's Notes

Vaulting to Conclusions

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Is General Tilney holding his wife prisoner in the cellars?

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A Clubman's Notes

The Suspicion of Chambers Secreted

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In Part Twenty of Northanger Abbey, General Tilney takes Catherine on a tour of the abbey. She is on the alert for secret chambers...

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A Clubman's Notes

All for a Farrier's Bill

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In Part Nineteen of Northanger Abbey our heroine is somewhat disappointed by the secret manuscript she has uncovered...

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A Clubman's Notes

Cost Me What It May

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In Mark's audio serialization of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey, the action has moved from Bath to Gloucestershire...

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A Clubman's Notes

A Division in the Tapestry Artfully Constructed

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In Part Seventeen of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey, Henry Tilney gives Catherine a preview of her bedroom...

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A Clubman's Notes

Lodged Apart

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Episode Sixteen of our autumnal diversion by Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

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A Clubman's Notes

A House in the Country

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Part Fifteen of Jane Austen's first completed novel

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A Clubman's Notes

Speaking Well Enough to Be Unintelligible

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Steyn reads Part Fourteen of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey

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A Clubman's Notes

A Famous Good Thing and No Bad Notion

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Welcome to the thirteenth episode of Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen's first completed novel, and a glimpse of lost courtship rituals in our age of non-binary friends with benefits...

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A Clubman's Notes

Coach Class

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Episode Twelve of Jane Austen's tale of an impressionable young lady and the Gothic novels that exercise such a grip on her imagination...

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A Clubman's Notes

Hume Thoughts from a Broad

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In tonight's episode of Northanger Abbey, Catherine and her new friends discourse on the difference between history books and novels...

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A Clubman's Notes

Dread, Bath and Beyond

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Welcome along to the fiftieth audio adventure in our series Tales for Our Time. When we ballyhooed it yesterday, South Carolina Steyn Clubber Larry Durham could barely contain himself: 'A new Tale for Our Time! It's like an early Christmas present!' We certainly hope so, Larry...

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The Hundred Years Ago Show

The Party She Didn't Come Home From

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Steyn revisits the news, the soundbites and the music of September 1921

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A Clubman's Notes

The Elphbergs - with a Word on the Rassendylls

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Mark's contemporary inversion of Anthony Hope's classic The Prisoner of Zenda: The Prisoner of Windsor...

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