Today marks the tenth anniversary of Mark's influential book America Alone: The End of the World As We Know It. It was published on October 16th 2006, and quickly hit the US bestseller lists, and Number One in Canada. In this weekend's Toronto Sun, Andrew Lawton pays an anniversary tribute.
South of the border, the week began with the second Clinton/Trump debate. During Steyn's absence overseas in recent months, there's been a steady stream of emails asking for his view of the race. As he explained just ahead of the debate, it hasn't changed. Mark also recalled that Hillary's legions of Hollywood backers felt rather differently about her once upon a time.
Throughout the week Mark revisited the early reaction to America Alone and noted its surprising range of fans, from Cameron cabinet minister and doughty Brexiteer Michael Gove to the Hollywood star Richard Dreyfuss to leftie novelist Martin Amis.
~On Monday Steyn reflected on the view from The Economist and others that his book was "alarmist" - a complacency harder to maintain after a summer of terror from Orlando to Nice to Munich and beyond. Indeed, a 2006 interview Mark did with Michelle Malkin remains highly relevant a decade later. Click below for Part One:
~On Tuesday Steyn re-stated the demographic argument of America Alone, and noted that, ten years on, politicians can only speak of it as part of what Tony Blair calls the "subterranean conversation".
~On Wednesday Mark revisited a throwaway line from the book in light of his recent visit to France, where soldiers now patrol the topless beaches.
~On Thursday Steyn considered the western world's lack of cultural confidence and its appalling surrender on core issues like free speech.
~For Friday's final instalment of this anniversary series, Mark reprised an old joke from the book and set off in search of the moderate Muslim.
SteynOnline readers might also enjoy seeing how Mark's argument holds up a decade later in this speech in Washington to the Heritage Foundation:
The Q&A at the end is worth sticking around for. If you haven't got around to America Alone during its first decade, personally autographed copies are exclusively available from the SteynOnline bookstore.
For our weekend entertainment feature, Mark's thoughts turned to this week's winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Bob Dylan. Our Song of the Week acknowledged the number that provided the subtitle to his bestselling book: "It's the End of the World As We Know It."
Listeners continue to enjoy Steyn's new cat album Feline Groovy: Songs for Swingin' Cats, featuring Mark and his beloved cat Marvin. It has a four-and-a-half star rating over at iTunes and continues to rack up five-star reviews at Amazon, including this one from Kathy headlined simply "Love It!":
I bought it for my husband's birthday. BIG HIT..! When you listen to Mark do his version of Cat Scratch Fever, you cannot help but smile big!!! Entire CD is great. Helps if you love cats too. :D
Feline Groovy: Songs for Swingin' Cats is available on CD. But, if you can't wait for the mailman, it can be yours in seconds via digital download from Amazon or iTunes.
Mark will be returning to the airwaves in the week beginning October 24th. Check SteynOnline for more details.