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Mark Steyn

Readying the Knife

It was a busy weekend at SteynOnline - including my thoughts on an early Quentin Tarantino/Harvey Weinstein collaboration, Pulp Fiction, and on the 40th anniversary of the death of Bing Crosby. If you were preoccupied elsewhere, we hope you'll check out one or other of those pieces. We'll kick off the new week with the eleventh episode of our current Tale for Our Time - Anthony Hope's stirring adventure and romance, premised on the most audacious impersonation in literature. In tonight's episode, Rudolf Rassendyll sets off across the dark moat at Zenda to try to locate the King's cell: Though the night was wild, the day had been warm and bright, and the water was not cold. I struck out, and began to swim round the great walls which frowned ...

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Steyn's Song of the Week

Where The Blue Of The Night

For almost half a century, this was as well known as any song in America. The man who sang it was the biggest-selling recording artist of all time, and this was the biggest-selling recording artist's theme tune, the one the band struck up at the start of every radio, TV or stage show:

Where The Blue Of The Night
Meets the gold of the day
Someone waits for me
...

Forty years ago - October 14th 1977 - a golden half-century met the blue of the night on a golf course in Madrid: After finishing 18 holes at La Moraleja with three Spanish golf champions, Bing Crosby had a massive heart attack, collapsed, and died. He'd headed to his Iberian retreat for a few days of rest and relaxation after some sell-out concerts at the London Palladium, a recording session for BBC radio, a pre-taping of his annual Christmas show, and some tracks for a new album: a typical few days for an "Old Groaner" who was old but assumed he still had plenty of groaning ahead...

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Mark's Week in Review

A Se'nnight of Steyn, October 16-22

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

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Mark at the Movies

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:

Steyn will be back on the air tomorrow...

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Defend Free Speech!

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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The Mark Steyn Club

Jacob's Ladder, Zenda-Style

Welcome to Part Ten of our current Tale for Our Time - Anthony Hope's novel of honor, duty and the most audacious impersonation in literature, The Prisoner of Zenda. In tonight's episode, a turncoat servant of Black Michael's explains to Rudolf Rassendyll where the real King is being held - and how they propose to dispose of him: So soon as the door should be in danger of being forced, then Rupert Hentzau or Detchard should himself pass into the inner room, and, without more ado, kill the King...

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A Debonair Knave

Welcome to Part Nine of our latest Tale for Our Time. In tonight's episode we meet the dashing but deadly Rupert of Hentzau...

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"If I Were Not the King..."

In Part Eight of The Prisoner of Zenda, 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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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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