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A Se'nnight of Steyn, June 14-20

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

~With the big bucks these days being in video poetry, Mark kicked the week off with another of his Sunday Poems – The Tyger by William Blake.

~Mark concluded his serialization of George Orwell's Animal Farm, our latest Tale for our Time. If you missed any of it or wish to have a listen again, you can find all 12 parts here.

~For his Song of the Week, Mark powered up the record player to have a listen to the Cole Porter number "What Is This Thing Called Love?", with versions by Elsie Carlisle, Connie Haines, and Frank Sinatra.

~In his Monday Notebook, Mark attempted to decipher Boris Johnson's woke, gender-neutral, 'build back better' bollocks.

~From the locked down province of Ontario in the Dominion of Canada, Laura Rosen Cohen took us back to the bread line in Laura's Links, with stories of cultural relativism and the need to protect your children from the state, among other picks.

~Mark did another live hybrid Clubland Q&A and Mark Steyn Show Wednesday, with stories from Washington to Samoa and questions from around the world on a range of subjects.

~On Friday, Tal Bachman weighed in on the human condition, the pursuit of truth, and virtuous living in an essay fusing the philosophy of Aristotle and Clint Eastwood.

~The weekend started with another episode of Mark Steyn's Passing Parade, with farewells to the convivial 11th Duke of Devonshire and his sister-in-law, the fascist moll Diana Mosley.

~As always, we spent our Saturday night at the movies, with Rick McGinnis' take on The Swimmer, an influential mix of Narcissus and Odysseus set to a backdrop of class anxiety and cultural decline, starring Burt Lancaster.

~For Father's Day, Mark served up a special Song for the Season by Rodgers & Hammerstein.

A new week begins at SteynOnline later today.

This afternoon Steyn's Song of the Week takes to the airwaves on the UK's Serenade Radio, starting at 5:30pm London time, right after Sing Something Simple. For North Americans, that works out to 12:30pm Eastern or 9:30am Pacific. You can catch it by clicking on the button in the top right-hand corner here.

Tales for Our Time and Mark Steyn's Passing Parade are special productions for The Mark Steyn Club. The Mark Steyn Club is not to everyone's taste, but we do have members in every corner of the world from London, Kentucky to London, Ontario to London, Kiribati, and, if you have a chum who's a fan of classic poems on video or classic fiction in audio, we also offer a special gift membership.

June 20, 2021 at 7:44 am  |  Permalink

A Se'nnight of Steyn, June 6-13

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

~This week welcomed our 48th Tale for our Time, George Orwell's heavyweight political satire Animal Farm. We're up to part seven in our serialization now, but you can start from the beginning right here.

~Mark's Song of the Week was the Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn tune "Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry", including versions by Harry James, Frank Sinatra, and Linda Ronstadt.

~On Monday, Mark hopped from Orwell's fictional world to the Orwellian real world, from the changing tide of the Wuhan lab leak "misinformation"-turned-plausible theory to Commissar Zuckerberg's policing of discourse.

~Laura Rosen Cohen served up some trans-Atlantic links with a look at G7 mask virtue signalling from Canada's finance minister in the United Kingdom, plus woke comedy and the social media pogrom.

~Mark took a page from the Wuhan Institute of Virology's book Wednesday, mixing up a novel concoction – a combined live Clubland Q&A and Mark Steyn Show. You can catch the replay here.

~In his Thursday Notebook, Mark explored the unconservative wokeness passing for "conservatism" in various parts of the world, including Her Majesty's dominions of Canada and Australia, and the United Kingdom itself.

~Singer-songwriter and guest columnist Tal Bachman took a break from recording Bachman & Bachman's new album to continue his series on Wokism and truth, this time weighing in on whether it was piety or hubris that afflicted Oedipus.

~The weekend brought us part 16 of Mark Steyn's Passing Parade, with tributes to former war secretary John Profumo and the longest lasting of China's once famous Soong sisters.

~Film columnist Rick McGinnis kept our Saturday night movie date with a genre-bending and anachronistic feature, Frank Borzage's History Is Made at Night starring Charles Boyer and Jean Arthur.

A new week begins at SteynOnline later today.

This afternoon Steyn's Song of the Week takes to the airwaves on the UK's Serenade Radio, starting at 5:30pm London time, right after Sing Something Simple. For North Americans, that works out to 12:30pm Eastern or 9:30am Pacific. You can catch it by clicking on the button in the top right-hand corner here.

Tales for Our Time and Mark Steyn's Passing Parade are special productions for The Mark Steyn Club. The Mark Steyn Club is not to everyone's taste, but we do have members in every corner of the world from London, Kentucky to London, Ontario to London, Kiribati, and, if you have a chum who's a fan of classic poems on video or classic fiction in audio, we also offer a special gift membership.

June 13, 2021 at 7:40 am  |  Permalink

A Se'nnight of Steyn, May 31-June 6

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

~The week started off with a trip back to May 1921 in an episode of The Hundred Years Ago Show in which Tulsa and Charlie Chaplin burn, Germany caves to Allied demands, West Virginia proclaims martial law, Upper Silesia revolts (again), and the United Kingdom welcomes the new polity of Northern Ireland.

~Mark's Song of the Week grabs the world by its string, telling the story of Frank Sinatra's rise from bottom to top, with a little Nat King Cole for good measure.

~For Memorial Day, we shared a special repeat of The Mark Steyn Show, by popular request. We retool our regular features – a poem, a song, Last Call, The Hundred Years Ago Show – to tell stories of battle, sacrifice and remembrance through the years, from the Civil War to the Great War to the wars without end of our own time.

~After slaving away for a week in her (kosher) link kitchen, Laura Rosen Cohen served a heaping portion of her famous links Tuesday, from Gwen Stefani's brush-off of the cancel mob to Trump's Middle East, and good news about Covid antibodies.

~Mark released a brand new episode of The Mark Steyn Show Wednesday, featuring a tale of two soundbites and civilization's greatest question – is Justin Trudeau more thoroughly penetrated by the Chinese than Eric Swalwell? – plus another edition of Mark's Mailbox and The Hundred Years Ago Show.

~On Thursday, Mark was live across the planet for another Clubland Q&A, fielding questions on Justin Trudeau's aforementioned Chinese penetration, as well as Fauci's emails and Biden at Windsor.

~Singer-songwriter Tal Bachman dusted off the classics Friday with a look at Sophocles' Oedipus Rex and the pursuit of truth.

~Saturday brought us part 15 of Mark Steyn's Passing Parade, with farewells to two servants of dark and ugly regimes, a DC lobbyist for dictators and the ChiComs' most audacious honey trap.

~Film columnist Rick McGinnis kept our weekly movie date with a screening of Mike Leigh's "deferred coming of age" film Career Girls.

A new week begins at SteynOnline later today.

This afternoon Steyn's Song of the Week takes to the airwaves on the UK's Serenade Radio, starting at 5:30pm London time, right after Sing Something Simple. For North Americans, that works out to 12:30pm Eastern or 9:30am Pacific. You can catch it by clicking on the button in the top right-hand corner here.

Tales for Our Time and Mark Steyn's Passing Parade are special productions for The Mark Steyn Club. The Mark Steyn Club is not to everyone's taste, but we do have members in every corner of the world from London, Kentucky to London, Ontario to London, Kiribati, and, if you have a chum who's a fan of classic poems on video or classic fiction in audio, we also offer a special gift membership.

June 6, 2021 at 7:19 am  |  Permalink

A Se'nnight of Steyn, May 24-30

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

~Mark started the week off with a Song of the Week on Hal David, a half of the Bacharach & David songwriting duo whose hits include "Alfie" and "Do You Know the Way to San José?"

~The New York Times finally got around to noticing the demography trends Mark was writing about a decade and a half ago, as Mark pointed out in a column Monday.

~Laura Rosen Cohen brought a truckload of new links for our online perusal Tuesday, spanning the week that was from the media's begrudging noting that maybe, just maybe, that Wuhan lab had something to do with Covid, to Canadian politicians' embrace of the permanent lockdown.

~We presented a special edition of The Mark Steyn Show Wednesday on free speech, featuring exchanges between Mark and professor Jordan Peterson, authors Lionel Shriver and Douglas Murray, as well as Mark's Canadian compatriots Tal Bachman, Andrew Lawton, and the late Kathy Shaidle.

~The Mark Steyn Show was back to audio form Wednesday, with a new episode tackling racist harpsichords, the one-year anniversary of George Floyd's death, Scottish wanker coppers and the attempted posthumous cancellation of Queen Victoria, among other timely topics.

~Mark debuted a brand new Tale for our Time Friday, looking at the lighter side of politics through a reading of Richmal Crompton's William, Prime Minister. Part one is here, and part two is here.

~Singer-songwriter and SteynOnline guest columnist Tal Bachman delved further into his series on Wokism's origins, drawing inspiration from the Bible and Greek mythology.

~Part 14 of Mark Steyn's Passing Parade featured Mark's oft-requested farewell to Rev. Canaan "While You Were Sleeping We Helped Ourselves" Banana, plus Soviet agent and NEO bureaucrat Michael Whitney Straight.

~Rick McGinnis kept our Saturday night movie date with a journey through the Freed Unit's movie musicals, most notably It's Always Fair Weather starring Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse.

A new week begins at SteynOnline later today.

Tales for Our Time and Mark Steyn's Passing Parade are special productions for The Mark Steyn Club. The Mark Steyn Club is not to everyone's taste, but we do have members in every corner of the world from London, Kentucky to London, Ontario to London, Kiribati, and, if you have a chum who's a fan of classic poems on video or classic fiction in audio, we also offer a special gift membership.

May 30, 2021 at 8:03 am  |  Permalink

A Se'nnight of Steyn, May 17-23

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

~Mark hopped into the new week with a brand new Sunday poem, Barron Field's "The Kangaroo".

~For our Songs of the Week, Bob Merrill took the cake. On the eve of what would have been Merrill's 100th birthday, Mark took a stroll through the musical history of the novelty songwriter turned TV writer turned Broadway dramatist.

~Mark's Monday Notebook looked at America's new political prisoners, who are still languishing behind bars four months after the "insurrection" that wasn't.

~Laura Rosen Cohen served up a fresh batch of links on Tuesday, covering the week that was from state-sanctioned hugs in the formerly great Britain to supposedly racist standardized tests.

~The Wednesday edition of The Mark Steyn Show took us to America's non-existent southern border, iron curtained northern border, and the depraved capital city in between, with the wonder of bread and a hint of musical necrophilia thrown in for good measure.

~Mark was live across the planet Thursday with another Clubland Q&A, discussing a non-binary Demi Lovato, plus the scariness of socialism, flying saucers in US airspace, Gilbert & Sullivan, Elspeth Huxley and the abdication of driving to Big Tech and Big Government.

~Over at The Bachman Beat, Tal Bachman continued his diagnosis of modern Wokism, this time looking at Erich Fromm, Karl Marx, and Friedrich Nietszche's influences on it.

~Saturday brought the 13th episode of Mark Steyn's Passing Parade, with tributes from the dawn of rock'n'roll to a postscript from the freak end of pop celebrity with Michael Jackson.

~For our Saturday night movie date, film columnist Rick McGinnis went back to 1966 and the stereotype-affirming fugitive-in-hicksville drama The Chase.

Later today, Mark will be here with another audio adventure in Tales for Our Time.

Tales for Our Time and Mark Steyn's Passing Parade are special productions for The Mark Steyn Club. The Mark Steyn Club is not to everyone's taste, but we do have members in every corner of the world from London, Kentucky to London, Ontario to London, Kiribati, and, if you have a chum who's a fan of classic poems on video or classic fiction in audio, we also offer a special gift membership.

May 23, 2021 at 7:52 am  |  Permalink

A Se'nnight of Steyn, May 10-16

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

~To kick the week off, we belatedly marked the 100th anniversary of Northern Ireland with a Song of the Week from Northern Ireland's first great songwriter, Jimmy Kennedy, and his southern co-writer, Michael Carr – "South of the Border".

~Mark then jumped north of another border, with a Monday Notebook about the arrest of an Alberta pastor for violating lockdown edicts and politicians in search of new bases.

~Laura Rosen Cohen cooked up a heaping portion of Laura's Links for us Tuesday, from racist rock-climbing to the Sovietization of America to a Ron DeSantis master class in going on the offensive.

~The Wednesday edition of The Mark Steyn Show covered the scene from kaput pipelines in America to kaput pipelines of an entirely different kind, plus China coming up with the ultimate in social distancing.

~On Thursday, Mark looked at the futility of grovelling as a Canadian billionaire socialite gets canceled for taking a photo with Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago.

~Friday morning, The Bachman Beat's Tal Bachman continued his series on Wokism, taking a cue from Erich Fromm's writings on freedom.

~Mark welcomed the weekend with the twelfth episode of Mark Steyn's Passing Parade, which contrasted a prematurely deceased pin-up of thug culture with a composer who managed to exploit his musical gifts without provoking assassination.

~Our Saturday night movie date took us back to the pre-Hays Code era as Rick McGinnis explored a bohemian trio's adventures in Design For Living.

A new week begins later today with a brand new video Sunday Poem.

Tales for Our Time and Mark Steyn's Passing Parade are special productions for The Mark Steyn Club. The Mark Steyn Club is not to everyone's taste, but we do have members in every corner of the world from London, Kentucky to London, Ontario to London, Kiribati, and, if you have a chum who's a fan of classic poems on video or classic fiction in audio, we also offer a special gift membership.

May 16, 2021 at 7:57 am  |  Permalink

A Se'nnight of Steyn, May 3-9

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

~Mark's week began with a new Song of the Week, the Cole Porter classic "I've Got You Under My Skin", and its many renditions, including those of Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra ...and, Sinatra with Bono.

~We marked the 10 year anniversary of Osama bin Laden's one-way ticket to his 72 virgins with a repeat of Mark's 2011 syndicated column on the subject.

~On Monday, Mark shed some light DC's new Odd Couple, Google lobbyist Frank Luntz and House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy.

~Laura Rosen Cohen returned Tuesday with a fresh batch of her famous links, with stories of Hunter Biden's professorial pivot, a school board victory against critical race theory, and the death of free speech in the United Kingdom.

~Mark hosted a brand new edition of The Mark Steyn Show Wednesday, covering the scene from Abba to zarzuela, in between which observing the bicentennial of Napoleon's death with poetry and penises, and advising anyone who catches the eye of America's dirty stinkin' rotten corrupt and openly politicized federal Department of Justice to flee the country.

~Mark kicked off the Mark Steyn Club's fourth birthday celebrations Thursday morning with an all new live Clubland Q&A, fielding questions on everything from constitutions to demography from club members around the world.

~Guest columnist Tal Bachman invoked Karl Popper as he continued his exploration of the the United States of America's establishment of Wokism as a state religion.

~In this weekend's chapter of Mark Steyn's Passing Parade, Mark eulogized a brace of twentieth century musical giants.

~In keeping our Saturday night movie date, we launched a new series this week, Rick's Flicks, featuring film columnist Rick McGinnis, who made his SteynOnline debut with a look at the cold war-era nuclear romance Miracle Mile.

~On Mother's Day, Mark cast aside the woke gender non-specific euphemisms and celebrated mothers with a SteynOnline audio special.

Tales for Our Time and Mark Steyn's Passing Parade are special productions for The Mark Steyn Club. The Mark Steyn Club is not to everyone's taste, but we do have members in every corner of the world from Virginia to Vanuatu, and, if you have a chum who's a fan of classic poems on video or classic fiction in audio, we also offer a special gift membership.

May 9, 2021 at 7:59 am  |  Permalink

A Se'nnight of Steyn, April 26-May 2

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

~The week began with the last Habsburg throwing in the towel on his Hungarian throne and an empress dying in exile on The Hundred Years Ago Show.

~Later on, Steyn marked St George's Day with a look at one of the most English of songs, "We'll Gather Lilacs".

~Mark popped over to Nashville on Monday to address a Hillsdale College Leadership Seminar, before which we reprised his Trump-era interview with Dr Larry Arnn.

~On Tuesday, our deputy senior assistant vice-president of Canadian affairs Andrew Lawton busted into the Mark Steyn Show cockpit for a guest-hosted edition of the programme on the Department of Homeland Security's investigation of itself for white supremacy plus an interview with Tal Bachman about the woke war on art.

~Laura Rosen Cohen declared that Van (Morrison) is the Man in this week's Laura's Links, which also extolled the the need to hold China accountable and keep your kids out of government schools.

~Wednesday night Mark was back on the telly with Tucker, just ahead of Joe Biden's pseudo-State of the Union address.

~On Thursday, Mark hosted a new Clubland Q&A, taking questions about topics from the 2022 pendulum to world-champion wokeism, and from conservatism on hold to the viability of French military coups.

~The weekend's installment of Mark Steyn's Passing Parade brought stories of Mark's encounters of the Queen's sister, Princess Margaret, and a longtime fixture of Tin Pan Alley, Irving Caesar.

~We kept our Saturday movie date by revisiting our late friend Kathy Shaidle's write-up of Pather Panchali on the eve of director Satyajit Ray's centenary.

Tales for Our Time and Mark Steyn's Passing Parade are special productions for The Mark Steyn Club. The Mark Steyn Club is not to everyone's taste, but we do have members in every corner of the world from Virginia to Vanuatu, and, if you have a chum who's a fan of classic poems on video or classic fiction in audio, we also offer a special gift membership.

A new week at SteynOnline begins later today with Steyn's Song of the Week.

May 2, 2021 at 8:24 am  |  Permalink

A Se'nnight of Steyn, April 19-25

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

~The week began with one of the most performed and recorded songs of all time.

~Steyn's Monday column pondered, in the wake of Mark's "controversial" interview of Tucker Carlson, replacism for thee but not for me: it was our most read piece of the week.

~Tuesday's Mark Steyn Show considered the DC Medical Examiner's very belated findings on Officer Sicknick, and the degeneration of a land of laws into a wasteland of lies. Mark also reflected on Ontario's totalitarian ineptitude, and celebrity duets from Joe Biden to the Duke of Edinburgh.

~On Wednesday Steyn swung by the aforementioned Tucker's telly show to address Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez's contention that climate change is caused by racism. Click below to watch:

Speaking of AOC, Mark has written the introduction for Marc Morano's invaluable new book, Green Fraud: Why the Green New Deal Is Even Worse Than You Think. It's available (personally autographed by Steyn) direct from the Steyn bookstore, and also as part of a dynamite denialist double-bill.

Also on Wednesday Laura's Links rounded up the Internet from pub solidarity to fainthearted totalitarians.

~On Thursday, for Joe Biden's Earth Day climate summit, Mark recalled the glories of Earth Days of yore.

~On Friday the weekend edition of The Mark Steyn Show had a super-secret espionage thread running through from the Five Eyes with one eyeball down, our Chinese Penetration Watch and a Durham Report update, all the way to the Steyn archive to revisit Mark talking 007 with the late John Sessions ...and a singing Bond villain.

Our weekend movie date continued the 007 theme with Steyn's consideration of Spectre.

~Also on Saturday, our audio serialization of Mark Steyn's Passing Parade looked at contrasting Continental monarchies via Prince Rainier of Monaco and Queen Juliana of the Netherlands.

~Our marquee presentation was Mark's latest Tale for Our Time - Jack London's futuristic vision of a reprimitivized California, The Scarlet Plague. Click for Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Four, Five, Six and the conclusion.

Tales for Our Time and Mark Steyn's Passing Parade are special productions for The Mark Steyn Club. The Mark Steyn Club is not to everyone's taste, but we do have members in every corner of the world from Virginia to Vanuatu, and, if you have a chum who's a fan of classic poems on video or classic fiction in audio, we also offer a special gift membership.

A new week at SteynOnline begins later today with the monthly omnibus edition of The Hundred Years Ago Show and continues with Steyn's Song of the Week.

April 25, 2021 at 7:32 am  |  Permalink

A Se'nnight of Steyn, April 12-18

This evening Mark will be launching the latest of his Tales for Our Time. Meanwhile, in case you missed it, here's how the last seven days looked to Steyn:

~The week began with the latest entry in Mark's anthology of video poetry - The Last of the Books by Alfred Noyes. By contrast, his Song of the Week marked the centenary of a man with a remarkable musical catalogue as performed by everyone from Sinatra and the Andrews Sisters to Whitesnake and the Stylistics.

~Mark's Monday Notebook found Steyn pondering the Duke of Edinburgh, the shifting goalposts of lockdown, and the squishiness of America's rock-ribbed conservatives.

~On Tuesday Mark addressed the latest phoney controversy, arising from his interview of Tucker Carlson on Fox News Primetime: it was our most read piece of the week.

~On Wednesday Steyn swung by the aforementioned Tucker's telly show to discuss Kamala crocheting as America burns.

Also on Wednesday Laura's Links rounded up the Internet from the ubiquity of infrastructure to racist fonts.

~On Thursday Mark hosted another Clubland Q&A taking questions from Steyn Club members live around the planet on multiple topics from packing the US Supreme Court to withdrawing from Afghanistan - via wokeism as class marker. You can listen to the full show here.

~On Friday the weekend edition of The Mark Steyn Show offered California's New Racism (no whites need apply), segregated funerals, northern guns, the unreal estate market, plus William McGonagall, D H Lawrence, Rodgers & Hammerstein, and another episode of The Hundred Years Ago Show - all with a strange Anglo-German regal thread running through the broadcast.

As Mark mentioned on the Steyn Show, he's written the introduction for Marc Morano's invaluable new book, Green Fraud: Why the Green New Deal Is Even Worse Than You Think. It's available (personally autographed by Mark) direct from the Steyn bookstore, and also as part of a denialist double-bill with Mark's book "A Disgrace to the Profession": The World's Scientists - in Their Own Words - on Michael E Mann, His Hockey Stick and Their Damage to Science, Volume I.

~On Saturday, we continued our latest audio serialization of a book beloved by Steyn's readers, Mark Steyn's Passing Parade. This weekend, as the Duke of Edinburgh was laid to rest, Mark looked back a quarter-century to what was, in a turbulent week for the Royal house, a far more convulsive and destabilizing funeral, that of Diana, Princess of Wales.

For our weekend movie date Steyn revisited Don Siegel and the ever more timely Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

Steyn's Sunday Poem and Mark Steyn's Passing Parade are special productions for The Mark Steyn Club. The Mark Steyn Club is not to everyone's taste, but we do have members in every corner of the world from Virginia to Vanuatu, and, if you have a chum who's a fan of classic poems on video or classic fiction in audio, we also offer a special gift membership.

A new week at SteynOnline begins this evening with Steyn's Song of the Week and continues with Mark's latest Tale for Our Time.

April 18, 2021 at 7:43 am  |  Permalink

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